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Sweetwater falls to West Pearland 8-4 in LLWS

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BONITA (CNS) -  For its first 17 games, Sweetwater Valley Little League's bats were unstoppable, that is, until the Bonita all-stars faced West Pearland's starting pitcher Ben Gottfried Sunday. 
   
In 4-2/3 innings, Gottfried limited Sweetwater Valley's high-powered offense to one run on seven strikeouts, and just three hits. Texas went on to defeat the Texas team 8-4.
   
Not only was it the team's first loss, it was also the first time their offense scored less than six runs.
   
The struggles were also present on defense as Sweetwarer Valley committed 5 errors, made mostly in a rough third inning where West Pearland plated five runners.
   
The bats did not wake up until the bottom half of the sixth, when a three-run homer by outfielder Dante Schmid made a small dent in the deficit.
   
Bonita's starting pitcher, Antonio Andrade, went 2-2/3 innings and gave up five runs on five hits. He also scored the team's first run on a double hit by shortstop Levi Mendez in the third inning. Andrade reached first on a dropped third strike.
   
Sweetwater Valley will play Cranston Western in the losers' bracket, from Rhode Island, at 5 p.m. Monday.

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