By CLINT FOSTER
You can't keep a good team down for long and, as they have indicated this season, the Mineral Wells Rams (14-9, 5-1) are certainly a good team.
Four days after a 4-0 loss to Castleberry, during which the Rams mustered only four hits, Mineral Wells came out with a vengeance against the Lake Worth Bullfrogs (2-18, 1-5), riding 10 hits to an 11-0 victory in four-and-a-half innings, Tuesday night, at Pratt Field.
Now – thanks to Springtown, who beat Castleberry, 10-3, Tuesday – the Rams still sit at the top of the District 6-3A standings, tied only with Kennedale, whom the Rams defeated in the first round of league play.
Head coach Bret Barrick said Tuesday night was about the Rams coming out with a swagger and proving that their success has not been a fluke, but that they belong in the district championship conversation.
"I told (the players) before the game that we've got to play with a little chip on our shoulder," he said. "We've got something to prove. We barely beat Lake Worth in the first round of district, it took us a while to get after Diamond Hill and a lot of teams in the district are sitting around looking at us like, 'Well, they're not really that good.' We came out and (proved what we're capable of)."
It was a dominant performance across the board, as Cameron Bullock worked a no-hitter through his four innings on the hill and the Rams' offense registered its best hitting night since their 13-3 win over Diamond Hill, March 21.
Bullock struggled with his command at times, with about 50 percent of his pitches called strikes. He walked four and only struck out two, but his performance was still good enough to go down as a personal no-hitter and secure the win for Mineral Wells.