A flag honoring the 2012 Sweetwater softball team for making the playoffs was unveiled in a brief pre-game ceremony on Friday at the Jerry Collins Complex.
Then it was the 2013 Lady Mustangsâ€™ turn to make a impression, and they were up to the challenge in their District 4-3A opener against Snyder.
After falling behind 2-0, Sweetwater sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second inning against three pitchers and scored 10 runs to take a commanding 10-2 lead. After that, it was just a matter of bringing it home as the Lady Mustangs held on for an 11-8 victory.
Suede Shirley began the 10-run second with a double and also singled in the inning, and all nine starters reached base at least once.
After Shirleyâ€™s first hit, Jerren Villa and Alyssa Heredia were hit by pitches to load the bases and Abby Garcia ripped a two-run single. Heredia made it 3-2 by stealing home, and ano-ther two-run single, this one by Morgan Gomez, scored Megan Holsey and Gomez to make it 5-2.
Snyder brought in a new pitcher, but Kelsi Crosson greeted her with a two-run homer to increase the lead to 7-2. A double by Maty Montgomery and Shirleyâ€™s single made it 8-2 to force another pitching change, but the scoring wasnâ€™t over for Sweetwater. After a walk to Heredia, Kendra Crosson plated the final runs of the inning with another two-RBI single.
It became 11-2 in the third when Holsey doubled and scored on Kelsi Crossonâ€™s RBI grounder.
Sweetwater (15-9) then held on as Snyder, which had 13 hits, narrowed the lead by scoring six runs over the next three innings to make it 11-8. But Montgomery, after allowing a one-out single and hitting a batter, got the last two outs to seal the victory. She recorded three strikeouts with no walks.
Fridayâ€™s win marked the 11th time for Sweetwater to score at least 10 runs in a game this season. The Mus-tangs host Midland Green-wood at 5 p.m. Tuesday.