Lady Mustangs sew up berth

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater is once again headed to the playoffs in softball. And the Lady Mustangs could even grab the No. 1 seed after Friday’s 6-1 district win over Snyder at the Jerry Collins Complex.
Sweetwater (4-3 in District 5-4A) scored two runs against Snyder (1-6) in the first and second innings and single runs in the fifth and sixth.
That was easily more than enough for the duo of Kara Lehnert, who pitched the first four innings, and her sister Elli, who finished up on the mound.
The win by Sweetwater, and Big Spring’s 6-4 victory over Brownwood on Friday, leaves four teams in the district with a chance at the No. 1 seed. Big Spring (5-3) leads Sweetwater, Wylie and Brownwood by a half-game as they enter the final game of the regular season on Tuesday. Big Spring’s regular season is over, but Sweetwater goes to Wylie Tuesday and Brownwood visits Snyder. One or more tiebreakers may be needed to decide seeding.
Snyder had eight hits Friday, but left nine runners stranded, including seven in the first four innings. The Lady Tigers got their only run in the second inning to cut the lead to 2-1, but were shut down after that.
It wasn’t an easy day for either of the teams due to the wind, with gusts of 30 miles an hour or more from start to finish, but Sweetwater took advantage of a pair of first-inning errors to go up 2-0 on an RBI double by Tavis Black that scored Bri Moriel and Blake Bewley.
Sweetwater made it 4-1 in the second with two-out singles by Shavie Green, Moriel, Bewley and Black, and maintained that advantage until Bewley led off the fifth by blasting a solo home run to center field for a 5-1 lead. Sweetwater got its last run when Green singled in the sixth and reached third on an outfield error before scoring on Moriel’s single.
Sweetwater had nine hits including two by Black, Moriel, Bewley and Green and one by Sonora Medellin. The Lady Mustangs also had just two errors in the field despite the extremely windy conditions.
Head coach Alex Fuentez said despite the weather her team played “a great game.”
“Our defense was doing a great job of working with the wind,” said Fuentez, who in her first season has led Sweetwater to a 15-7-1 overall record.
Moriel, Bewley and Green all scored two runs for the Lady Mustangs, while Black had three RBIs, Bewley two and Moriel one for Sweetwater.

Pictured: Sweetwater's Blake Bewley connects for a home run in Friday's win over Snyder
Photo by Kevin Wright