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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