By CLINT FOSTER
FORT WORTH – If the talent of local youth is any indication, the championship culture the Mineral Wells Rams baseball program has built of the last several years isn't going anywhere.
As is the case in professional baseball, you're only as good as your farm system and the Rams appear to be growing some increasingly enticing prospects for the future.
The 2014 incarnation of the Mineral Wells Rams little league junior team has put together quite a resume. Not only did they engineer a 15-2 season en route to the team's first appearance in the championship game of the Jim Sundberg Invitational Tournament in Fort Worth for the first time in recent memory, but the Rams won the whole kit and kaboodle to bring home the championship trophy bearing the name of a Texas Rangers legend.
On their way to the tournament championship, the Rams had to go through North Arlington, Fossil Ridge, host team Western Hills and rival Weatherford before facing previously unbeaten Southeast Arlington in the title game.
"This has been a great start to this postseason for these young men, but it's just a start," head coach Troy Huseman said. "We got great pitching throughout this tournament, getting three complete-game victories from three different pitchers, and for the most part have played excellent defense behind them allowing only 14 runs to score against us in five ballgames.
"We hope to continue playing good baseball in the District 7 tournament and build on the momentum carried over from the Sundberg win. I hope that our success so far builds some excitement around our league and town and shows all of our MWLL kids that we can compete against the bigger Metroplex leagues by playing good fundamental baseball."
The Little League District 7 tournament begins this weekend and runs through July 6.