ABILENE — After a split decision Thursday at Wylie, Sweetwater’s softball and baseball teams both share the lead in District 4-3A — and nothing will change un-til at least next Friday.
The Lady Mustang soft-ball team (4-1) won 7-3 to remain in a tie for first place with Snyder in the district at the halfway point.
But the Mustang baseball team (3-1) lost, 14-7, to fall out of undisputed first place and into a three-way tie with Big Spring and Wylie.
The next action for Sweet-water’s teams will be April 5 at Snyder. The district is taking a break due to student testing next week.
SOFTBALL: Sweetwater 7, Wylie 3
Sweetwater (18-10 overall) overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a six-run sec-ond inning. That — plus an amazing ability to escape constant trouble the rest of the way — allowed the Lady Mustangs to get their third straight win at the district’s halfway mark.
It also sets up a showdown next week with Snyder, which defeated Greenwood 7-1 Thursday to reduce the number of teams at the top of the district from three to two. Greenwood is now tied for third place at 3-2 with Big Spring, which beat Monahans on Thursday.
Wylie is 0-5 in district, but didn’t play like a last-place team on its home field. The Lady Bulldogs finished with 14 hits, just one less than Sweetwater, which finally added an insurance run in the seventh. Wylie stranded at least one runner in every inning, and 13 in all.
After falling behind 2-0, Sweetwater sent 11 batters to the plate and collected seven hits in the top of the second inning to take a 6-2 lead over Wylie. The Lady Mustangs were then scoreless until the seventh. Suede Shirley laid down a bunt and scored when Wylie’s catcher threw wildly over the first baseman’s head.
Jerren Villa collected two hits and Alyssa Heredia, Kendra Crosson, Keyli Tur-ner, Kelsi Crosson and Maty Montgomery also had hits for Sweetwater in the second inning. Turner’s hit drove in two runs and Montgomery, Shirley and both Crossons also had RBIs.
Wylie cut Sweetwater’s lead to 6-3 in its half of the second inning, but — despite numerous opportunities — was held scoreless over the last five frames by Montgomery, who struck out seven and got the win.
Wylie stranded nine run-ners over the last five in-nings without scoring, in-cluding the fifth when it had four hits. Megan Holsey, Shirley, Villa, Turner and both of the Crossons had two hits for Sweetwater.
BASEBALL: Wylie 14, Sweetwater 7
Sweetwater trailed 10-0 after just three innings but then came to life, collecting six hits in the top of the fourth to close within 10-6.
But the Bulldogs outscored the Mustangs 4-1 over the last three innings as they regained a share of the lead after losing 10-9 to Snyder two days earlier.
In the fourth inning, Greg Aiken hit a two-run double and Sean Morrow, Kaleb Hoover, James Clift, Cole Maxwell and Stephen May also had hits for Sweetwa-ter. Gabriel Melendez’s bases-loaded grounder drove in the first run. Clift and May had RBI singles and Dylan Bennett drew a bases-loaded walk prior to Aiken’s double, which scored both Maxwell and Bennett and chased Sterling Bristow, Wylie’s starter, who had a no-hitter through three in-nings while being staked to a huge lead.
But Sweetwater couldn’t get any closer than 10-6, as it failed to score again until the sixth — after Wylie had added four more runs.
May led off the sixth with a single, went to second on Aiken’s grounder and scored on Morrow’s single, but that was it.
Sweetwater starter J.P. Poe lasted just 2/3 innings and took the loss after get-ting complete-game wins in his previous two outings.
Wylie (9-12 overall) led 4-0 after one inning and added six runs in the third off Hoover, who replaced Poe. Maxwell finished up, going the last three innings.
Sweetwater (11-11 overall), which had scored 23 runs in consecutive run-rule wins over Big Spring and Monahans coming in, finished with nine hits Thursday and also showed patience at the plate by drawing seven walks. Clift, May and Morrow had two hits apiece and seven dif-ferent played scored.