BIG SPRING — There are still eight games left to play before the District 4-3A baseball race is decided, but Sweetwater is certainly off to a promising start.
After opening district with a 4-3 win over Greenwood in Sweetwater, the Mustangs made it two straight Friday at Big Spring as they won, 12-0, in just five innings.
It was only the second run-rule victory of the year for Sweetwater (10-10 overall), which is tied with Wylie for the early District 4-3A lead. The Mustangs will be back home Tuesday to face Monahans (0-2) before a potentially huge road game two days later at Wylie.
Nearly everything went Sweetwater’s way against Big Spring (1-1) from start to finish.
The Mustangs led 9-0 after three innings, equalling the total number of runs they had scored in their three previous games.
Sweetwater scored four times in the first inning on just one hit, a two-RBI single by Shawn Campbell. The Mustangs also took advantage of three Big Spring errors, plus a hit batsman, walk and RBI sac bunt by Kaleb Hoover. Sweetwater made it 6-0 in the second on Stephen May’s RBI single and Greg Aiken’s sac fly, then scored three more times in the third and completed the rout with a three-run fifth.
Pitcher J.P. Poe got his second complete-game win in a week as he gave up just three hits. Big Spring had singles in three separate innings and never got anyone past second base against the sophomore, who struck out four and allowed just two other base runners in the contest.
Sweetwater had just four hits until the fifth inning, when Aiken doubled and Poe, May and Sean Morrow hit singles with May and Aiken’s hits scoring runs.
May, Aiken and Campbell all had two RBIs, and Cole Maxwell had a run-scoring single in the third inning that chased starting pitcher Max Pappajohn. Sweetwa-ter also scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Morrow in the first, on a fielding error and later a balk in the third, and on a passed ball in the fifth.
Dylan Bennett scored three runs while May, Max-well and Quentin Wetsel — Poe’s courtesy runner — all scored twice and Morrow, Aiken and James Clift once. Eight of the nine starters reached base safely.