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May 18, 2014

Simply the best

Allen, Rapp, coaches earn top 6-3A awards as champion Rams place 13 on all-district team

By CLINT FOSTER

With a district championship season in the books, the Mineral Wells Rams received further proof of their baseball dominance in their final season in District 6-3A this week when district coaches announced the addition of 13 Rams on the 2014 All-District 6-3A team, including three superlative awards.

In a vote of league coaches, sophomore catcher and pitcher Braxton Allen was named the division's "Co-Most Valuable Player" while senior Chis Rapp earned "Co-Pitcher of the Year" and head coach Bret Barrick and his staff were honored as the district's "Coaching Staff of the Year."

The awards serve as a nice vindication that, despite an early playoff exit, the Rams were indeed the best that 6-3A had to offer.

"Not many years work out like that," Barrick said. "But if you really look at the team we had during district, we had about 14 guys and 12 of them all really contributed on the field. 

"It's kind of scary, because you see that many kids on first-team all-district along with the two superlatives and when you've got those kind of players on your team, you're supposed to win the district. It was good that we did that. It's just unfortunate that we didn't go a little bit further, because I felt like we had the quality of talent to go further, we just didn't get there."

For anyone who caught a single Rams game this year, there should be little doubt that Allen deserves every bit of recognition as an MVP. He not only led the team in batting average (.457), on-base percentage (.546), extra-base hits (14) and RBI (25), but he was also a phenomenal defensive catcher and a stalwart member of the pitching staff, leading the team in ERA (1.90), WHIP (1.15) and strikeouts (59).

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