By TONY EIERDAM
Former Mineral Wells pitcher Matt “Moose” Tincher” received a chance of a lifetime when he was invited to play in the annual Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game, which was played Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance and it was fun,” Tincher said. “You also don’t get too many opportunities to play in a stadium like Dell Diamond. That was just as cool as when (the Rams) played at Rangers Ballpark (in 2012).
“There was so much talent in this game, it was crazy. I feel honored to have gotten to play with such good players.”
Tincher brought into the game a resume’ that included 330 strikeouts in 199 innings in three years as a varsity pitcher at MWHS. Perhaps Tincher’s most impressive statistic in his three years of high school action was that he allowed just 37 walks. Tincher compiled a 21-5 record as a starter, and recorded five saves as a relief pitcher.
Tincher added two more strikeouts to his high school totals. In fact, Tincher had an impressive outing. He allowed no runs on two hits with, of course, no walks in two innings. In all, Tincher threw 23 pitches, 20 of which were strikes.
Tincher is going to play next year at Seminole College, an NJCAA Region II school that has produced 180 professional players, including 25 major league players, and has had 52 players named All-American.
Tincher said he had his stuff Saturday in Round Rock.
“I felt good,” Tincher said. “The park was big and different, and it kind of felt like it did when I pitched at Rangers Ballpark last year.
“I juts tried to keep my command and throw strikes. Everything was working for me.
“My curve ball and change up were going where I wanted them to go, and I had a good fast ball.
“My high school playing days flew by faster than I really wanted, but at the same time I am excited to get to pitch at the college level.
“It’s on to bigger things, and it is also time for me to step up.”
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?
Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets
Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.
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