SPRINGTOWN – Mineral Wells senior pitcher Brandon Martinez threw a complete-game two-hitter to lead the Rams to a decisive 11-0 victory over Springtown here Tuesday night in a key District 6-3A contest.
The win sets up a showdown for first place today when the Rams host Kennedale. The first pitch will be at 7:30 p.m. at Pratt Field and will also wrap up the first round of district play.
Martinez, who only lasted until the fourth inning in his last start in a loss to Lake Worth, came back with a performance that included two hits allowed while walking three and striking out four in seven innings.
“Brandon pitched a great game,” Rams head coach Bret Barrick said. “He hit his spots and battled the entire game. His curve ball was on and he used it to get ground balls and fly outs.”
The Rams gave Martinez a 4-0 lead to begin the game, and swatted 16 hits in the contest.
Martinez (double), Braxton Allen (triple), Aaron Wheeler (triple) and Chris Rapp (double) recorded extra-base hits for MWHS.
Dan Reay Turk had four hits in four at bats to lead the Rams, while Colby Kissinger had four hits in five at bats.
“We hit the ball very well,” Barrick said. “We got hits with runners in scoring position when we needed them.
“Colby and Dan Reay had a great games at the plate, and Braxton and Wheeler also had big RBI hits for us that got us rolling and got us runs.
“Defensively, Dan Reay and Sean McGuire had big games for us in the outfield, and Wheeler, Colby, Patino, Tincher, and Allen had a great game in the infield.”
The Rams added two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings, scored a run in the sixth and closed with a pair of runs in the seventh.
With a 3-1 record going into today’s Kennedale game, Barrick said each of the Rams’ final six district games will be competitive.
“We have to continue to take it one game at a time and understand it will be a dog fight every night in this district,” he said. “We have to remain focused and be ready to play, but also just take it one pitch, one inning at a time and not get too high or too low.
“We have had some consistency in the last two games defensively and offensively so we need to build on that and continue.
“Kennedale is a big game as the winner could be in first in district and the loser could be looking at the number three spot to end the first round.”
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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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