By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells senior Matt “Moose” Tincher allowed one hit and struck out 11 and went three for four at the plate to lead the Rams to a 6-1 victory over the Diamond Hill Eagles Saturday afternoon in a District 6-3A game at Pratt Field.
The win keeps the Rams in second place with a chance to play for a share of the district championship this week, the final week of the 6-3A schedule.
The Rams will host Springtown at 7:30 p.m. today, and if they win it will set up a district-title showdown Friday at Kennedale.
“We expect that from Matt, which is sad because he pitched a great game, but we have come to expect that from him,” Rams skipper Bret Barrick said. “He pitched a great game and got his bat going.
“Diamond Hill is a tough team, and this was a big win for us.
“As a team, we hit the ball good enough to come away with a W.
“We will take any kind of win we can get right now, and we have put ourselves in good position to challenge for a share of a district championship, but only if we take care of business (today against Springtown).”
Tincher retired the first nine batters he faced before issuing a walk in the fourth inning.
The Rams led 2-0 at that point as Aaron Wheeler (single) and Paden Patino (sacrifice fly) each recorded a run batted in.
Diamond Hill recorded its lone hit on a towering fly ball to left field that got into the wind and could have been caught but fell instead for a base hit.
With the Rams leading 2-1, Tincher got in a jam in the fourth when he issued a second free pass. But the lefty retired the next two batters to get out of the hole.
The Rams added a pair of runs in the fifth. Colby Kissinger was hit by a pitch and Tincher followed with a hard base hit to left field. Tincher was replaced on first base by courtesy runner Sean McGuire.
Patino followed and drove in Kissinger on a fielder’s choice ground out. It was sixth RBI Patino has recorded in the past two games.
McGuire would score later in the frame from third on a wild pitch as MWHS extended its lead to 4-1.
Now with a three-run lead, Tincher struck out the first two batters in the sixth and forced another to pop out in the infield.
MWHS closed the scoring with two runs in the sixth. Krsitian Santibanez worked a one-out walk and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt. He scored on a single up the middle by Kissinger.
The next batter, Tincher, sent a rocket to left field for a double that plated Kissinger for a 6-1 advantage.
Tincher retired the side in order in the seventh to preserve the win.
By TONY EIERDAM
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FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season
By CLINT FOSTER
Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.
I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.
Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.
The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.
I can think of at least 10.
So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.
Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August
Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.
Something in the water
Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday.
Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.
Hooks and Slices 7/11
In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight.
GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.
Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach
MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.
Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet
TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.
As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?
Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets
Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.
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