Mustangs tie Eastland, but lose to Jim Ned and Cisco

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater tied Eastland 8-8 Thursday at Jim Ned’s baseball tournament before losing 9-7 to Jim Ned and 19-10 to Cisco on Friday.
Thursday’s opener saw the Mustangs (1-9-1), down 8-1 through the first 5 1/2 innings, score four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to tie Eastland before the game was called.
Tyler Warner blasted a two-RBI double while Tony Heredia had an RBI single in the sixth to make it 8-5 and the rally continued as Andres Neri (double), Reese Palafox (sacrifice fly) and Krystian Gomez (single) drove in the three runs in the seventh to tie it at 8-8.
Sweetwater and Jim Ned were tied 7-7 in the second game on Thursday after the Mustangs, who trailed 7-3 after three innings, rallied to score four runs in their half of the fourth.
However, Jim Ned came back to take the lead by scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 9-7 lead before the game was called at that point.
Sweetwater had tied it on Palafox’s two-RBI double, Warner’s RBI single and a bases-loaded walk by Neri to make it 7-7 before Jim Ned got the winning runs in its turn at bat.
On Friday, Cisco held a 4-3 lead until exploding for seven runs in the fifth and eight more in the sixth. But the Mustangs fought back to score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth before the game was called.
Sweetwater was scheduled to play Coleman when the tournament resumed on Saturday for its final game, hoping to salvage a win at the three-day event in Jim Ned.
Sweetwater trailed Cisco 19-3 before scoring seven runs to make the final score closer. The Mustangs did it despite getting just one hit — a single by Neri — in the inning.
Five of the runs scored on wild pitches and one each on an error and a sacrifice fly before the innng ended and the game was called.
Sweetwater collected just four hits vs. Cisco, which had 18 in the contest.
After Saturday, Sweetwater plays at Andrews and Burkburnett to wrap up its non-district schedule.