Lady Steers take down Sweetwater

SWEETWATER — The Big Spring Lady Steers rode the hitting of Jillian Valle and the pitching of Valerie Ross to a 5-1 victory over Sweetwater in District 5-3A softball action Tuesday night.The Lady Steers plated four runs in the top of the first inning and Ross and the BSHS defense made the lead stand up. Ross went the distance for Big Spring, scattering eight hits while striking out six and walking three. Taylor McCoy took the loss for Sweetwater.“It worked out well for us,” BSHS Coach John Sparks said. “We jumped out quick in the first and we played good defense. That was huge for us.”Ross helped her own cause by going 2-for-4 at the plate. Valle was a perfect 4-for-4 offensively, collecting two RBI on a double and home run. Hayley Dimidjian added another pair of RBI with her first-inning single.“Jillian's bat has been strong this year,” Sparks said. “She's just really focused at the plate and that's been good for us.”With the win, the Lady Steers put themselves back in the race for a playoff spot. Their 2-3 league mark leaves them tied for second place in District 5-3A, along with Snyder and Sweetwater. Brownwood is alone in first place with a 5-0 league mark, while Abilene Wylie is a half-game behind the Lady Steers with a 1-3 district record.Big Spring returns to action Friday at Snyder. Game time is 5 p.m.Big Spring fallsto MustangsSWEETWATER — The Big Spring Steers came agonizingly close to breaking their District 5-3A winless drought,but left the potential winning run at second base in the seventh inning to drop a 3-2 decision to Sweetwater in District 5-3A baseball action Tuesday.The Steers were held hitless, but were able to stay in the game thanks to erratic Sweetwater pitching.“We had our chances,” BSHS Coach Burt Otto said. “Sweetwater's pitcher walked nine. We had baserunners all night, but we just get a hit when we needed it … We had runners on second and third with one out in the seventh, but we just didn't take advantage of the opportunity.”Max Pappajohn took the loss for Big Spring, which committed six errors in the game.The Steers, who fell to 10-12 overall and 0-4 in district play, return to action Friday at Snyder. Game time is 7 p.m.