By TONY EIERDAM
All-state shortstop Bethany Allen went four-for-four and scored three runs and pitcher Allie Stephens earned a complete-game win to lead the Mineral Wells Lady Rams to a 7-5 victory over Diamond Hill Saturday afternoon in a District 6-3A game.
The win sets up a chance for the Lady Rams to clinch a share of the district title in the season’s final week beginning today when the Lady Rams host Springtown on Senior Night.
The first pitch will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Kessler Field.
If the Lady Rams win today, it would set up a showdown for first place Friday at Kennedale.
“The first thing we have to take care of is Springtown,” Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said. “We only beat them 2-1 the last time we played, and our girls want to show Springtown they are better than what they showed three weeks ago.
“This team has been waiting to play Springtown again, and I am confident their focus is only on Springtown.”
Stephens, who has not started in the circle in district because of an injury, allowed four earned runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
“Allie is making good progress coming back from being away from the circle for so long,” Tarver said. “She had not pitched since the first week of March, and she did some relief work in our last game.
“But she went seven (Saturday), and that is a step in the right direction. She did a great job.”
The Lady Rams jumped off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Allen and Reagan Patterson started the first with a single each, and both were driven home on a triple by Chandler Ortiz.
Ortiz would score when the next batter, Hope Patterson, lofted a double to center field.
The Lady Rams added a pair of runs in the fourth for a 5-0 advantage. Molly Clarke led off and reached after being hit by a pitch. Clarke was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Makayla Nance and scored on a base hit by Allen.
Allen would cross the plate later in the frame on an error by the Lady Eagles’ center fielder.
MWHS scratched for a run in the fifth for a 6-0 lead. Addie Singleton led off with a walk and scored after a triple from Clarke.
Each team scored a run in their respective half of the sixth inning as the Lady Rams took a 7-1 lead into the seventh frame.
In the seventh, Tarver put in new players defensively and switched positions with a few starters, but when Diamond Hill swatted a pair of hits to begin the inning, took advantage of a couple of errors and scored four runs, Tarver put the starters back on the field or in their original positions.
Stephens, however, took matters into her own hands and struck out the final Diamond Hill batter to preserve the win.
“A lot of people got to play,” Tarver said. “I also got to see what I have for next year and got to see what certain people can do.
“I got to see some things I want to see, and some girls made some good plays in some areas. But when the game got close I put the starters back in to close it out.”
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.
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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
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