By CLINT FOSTER
On the back of some dominant pitching, the Mineral Wells Rams (12-8) stomped rival Springtown in style Tuesday night, earning a 5-1 win in front of a home crowd at Pratt Field to improve to 3-0 in District 6-3A.
The win sets up a monumental showdown with the 3-0 Kennedale Wildcats, 7:30 p.m. Friday night, in Kennedale, for the district crown at the midway point of the league play.
"It was a team effort, from top to bottom; everybody contributed and everybody did a great job," head coach Bret Barrick said of the Springtown win. "Now we're sitting 3-0 and we'll go to Kennedale for the gunslingers, baby. It's a showdown at the OK Corral. We're going to look 'em in the eyes and get after it and see what happens. It's an exciting time. We're excited about the opportunity to go to Kennedale and see who's going to be 4-0 after Friday."
As energizing as the Kennedale matchup is, the Rams did not look ahead and took care of business against their Parker County rivals.
Mineral Wells' pitching was simply lights out, as Cameron Bullock started, earning credit for the win, before Chris Rapp took the mound in relief in the fifth inning with a vengeance. The two combined for six shutout innings and seven strikeouts and only allowed three hits.
"We played really good defense tonight," Barrick said. "Cameron came in and did a good job on the mound and then Chris was able to come back and throw the last three. When Chris came in, he was on fire tonight. He was almost un-hittable."
Designated hitter Bob Boudreau led the charge on offense for the Rams, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs. It was something of a breakout game for Boudreau, who had only registered one hit in his previous four games.