Mineral Wells Index
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.”