Lady Stangs pound FS

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Opponents haven’t had a lot of success containing the Sweetwater High School softball team’s offense so far this season.
Tuesday’s 13-3 run-rule win over Fort Stockton at Jerry Collins Complex was the ninth time in the last 10 games the Lady Mustangs have pushed across 10 or more runs.
Ahead just 4-3 after 2 1/2 innings, Sweetwater (9-4-1) — with the help of four homers — scored nine unanswered runs over the next 3 1/2 innings to crush Fort Stockton.
Leadoff hitter Bri Moriel was a one-person wrecking crew with two homers, a double and a single with five RBIs. Her three-run shot in the third made it 7-3, and she homered again in the fifth to increase the Lady Mustangs’ lead to 10-3.
Then in the sixth, a single by Tavis Black and homer by Jazzy Villa made it 12-3 before Elli Lehnert ended it with a solo homer.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” said coach Alexandra Fuentez. “We are coming together nicely as a team. We have been working in the weight room and conditioning, which is clearly paying off.”
After being held to three runs in its previous outing, Sweetwater scored in every inning vs. Fort Stockton and collected 18 hits. In addition to the four home runs, the Lady Mustangs also collected six doubles — two by Villa and one by Moriel, Blake Bewley, Sonora Medellin and Emerald Torres.
Moriel (4), Villa (3), Medellin (3), Torres (2) and Black (2) had multiple-hit games. Also hitting safely for Sweetwater were Bewley, Elli Lehnert, Kara Lehnert and Sadie Fish.
Kara Lehnert pitched the first four innings to get the win, with Elli Lehnert going the last two innings.