By TONY EIERDAM
FORT WORTH – Mineral Wells swatted 16 hits, including senior catcher Reagan Patterson’s seventh home run of the season, and freshman pitcher Kelsey Keeton limited Fort Worth Diamond Hill to only one hit as the Lady Rams cruised past the Lady Eagles, 18-0, here Friday night in a District 6-3A game that was called after four innings due to run rule.
The win keeps the Lady Rams in a first-place tie with Kennedale as both sport 3-0 marks.
MWHS will have a tough stretch this coming week as it travels to Springtown on Tuesday and comes home Thursday to face Kennedale.
“We were hitting the ball hard all up and down the lineup,” Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said. “Kelsey did a good job of mixing up her pitches and changing speed on her pitches, everything was working for her and Reagan called a great game.” In a rarity in high school softball, Tarver has so much confidence in Patterson that he lets her call the pitches.
“Reagan,” Tarver continued, “is in one of those (hitting) grooves, and she is having a great senior season. Reagan has seven homers, but she could very easily have twice that many when you count foul balls that have cleared the fence and several other balls that have hit the fence.
“It was also nice to see BB (Bethany Allen) hit the ball hard, and she is finding her stride. Chandler (Ortiz) came through and Hope (Patterson) crushed the ball. Every player was productive.”
The Lady Rams put up four runs in each of the first and second innings, and in the third and fourth frames scored five runs each.
Reagan Patterson finished three for four with a single, triple and homer that produced seven runs batted in. She had a bases-clearing triple in the third inning, and in the fourth frame sent a three-run home run over the fence that nearly landed on Northwest 36th street.
Allen went two-for-two with a sacrifice fly and reached base three times, scoring all three times. Hope Patterson went three-for-three with a double and three RBI, and Keeton also drove in three runs courtesy of a double, single and sacrifice fly.
Ortiz, Makayla Nance, Anjelica Trevino, Victoria Huffman, Tabby Santibanez and Addi Singleton each collected a hit, with Ortiz and Huffman each driving in a run.
Keeton allowed just one hit – a bloop hit to right field – walked one and struck out nine.
By TONY EIERDAM
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Swimming to State
KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.
Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals
THE COLONY – The future continues to look bright for Mineral Wells track and field, as 11 members of legendary head coach Jackie Harvey's summer track club punched their tickets to the TAAF state meet in College Station – to be held July 31-Aug. 3 – after a dominant showing at the regional meet in The Colony, July 18-19.
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.
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