Mustangs walk it off vs. RJC’s JV

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

While Tyler Warner did not get the special recognition that Sweetwater High School’s seven seniors were given prior to Friday’s non-district baseball game with Ranger Junior College’s JV, the game’s ending put him squarely in the spotlight.
With Sweetwater already enjoying an 8-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, the sophomore came to bat with the bases loaded and belted a home run off the Sportsman’s Park scoreboard, giving the Mustangs a mercy-rule 12-2 victory.
Sweetwater (13-11) led all the way, taking a 2-0 first-inning lead on a two-RBI single by Warner.
It was the start of a sensational night at the plate for the Mustangs’ catcher, who was 4-for-4 with doubles in both the fourth and fifth innings prior to his game-ending slam, plus six RBIs.
It was Sweetwater’s final home game of the season. The Mustangs (4-3 district) will go to Brownwood (3-4) when they resume 5-4A action and end the regular season on Tuesday.
A Sweetwater win clinches the No. 2 playoff berth. A loss would force a tiebreaker with Brownwood, which won a playoff berth despite losing to Wylie on Friday due to Snyder’s 4-1 win over last-place Big Spring.
Sweetwater had just one hit until the fourth inning, when doubles by Warner and Tristan Longoria made it 3-1 and another run came home on a Ranger JC error. Warner’s second double and Longoria’s RBI single made it 5-1 in the fifth.
The game ended with a seven-run sixth that began with singles by Kobe Clark, Tony Heredia and Matthew Hernandez. Errors allowed three runs to score prior to Warner’s big blast, which also scored Kiante McCoy, Chris Thompson and Mason Maxwell.
Thompson got the pitching win. He threw all six innings, striking out three and allowing six hits.
Longoria and Clark both had two hits and Heredia and Isak Alvarez one for the Mustangs.