By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells senior catcher Reagan Patterson and the Lady Rams felt they had some unfinished business as they approached their Tuesday night District 6-3A game with rival Springtown.
The Lady Rams survived a 2-1 win three weeks ago at Springtown, and the senior leader said she and her teammates felt they had something to prove.
“We wanted to let (Springtown) know we are better than we showed (on March 26),” she said. “We knew we could play better than we did the first time, and we also need this win to play for a share of the district championship on Friday.”
Paced by Patterson’s ninth home run of the year and brilliant pitching from freshman Kelsey Keeton, the Lady Rams blew out the Lady Porcupines, 7-1, and will have a chance to play for a share of the district title on Friday at Kennedale.
Patterson’s three-run blast in the fifth broke open a close game, and when MWHS added three more runs in the sixth it ended any illusion Springtown had about winning the game.
Keeton dominated Springtown, allowing one run on just three hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in seven innings. She was so dominant that she retired the last seven Springtown batters in a row and 11 of the last 13.
“Kelsey is steady,” Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said. “That’s the one word I would use to describe her play, steady.
“She brings it every single game, inning and pitch. She had everything working for her (Tuesday).”
Tarver was also pleased with the 11 hits the Lady Rams produced off solid Springtown pitching.
“We hit the ball better this time against them,” Tarver said. “Springtown has good pitching, but our girls came out and hit the ball.
“This was the Mineral Wells team I have seen in the past years. Everyone hit the ball, and they hit the ball when we had runners in scoring position.”
The Lady Rams took a 1-0 lead in the third when Tabby Santibanez led off with a single and later in the frame scored on a sacrifice fly by Patterson.
Springtown took advantage of a walk and a double in the fourth to score a run and tie the contest at 1-1.
In the fourth inning, junior all-state shortstop Bethany Allen smashed a one-out double to center field, and the next batter, senior Chandler Ortiz, reached on a fielder’s choice that put runners on first and third.
Patterson followed and hit a shot against a 20-30 miles-per-hour wind well over the left-field fence to give the Lady Rams a 4-1 lead.
“I knew it was going out the moment (the ball) left the bat,” Patterson said. “It felt good off the bat.”
MWHS added three runs in the sixth inning for a 7-1 advantage.
Victoria Huffman led off with a single and she advanced to second on an error on the play.
Springtown struck out the next two batters, and after Allen walked, Ortiz ripped a double to center field that plated Huffman and Allen.
Ortiz scored a batter later when Patterson drove in her fifth run of the contest on a single to left.
Keeton finished the job by striking out the side in the seventh inning.
Lady Rams’ 7-1 win over Springtown sets up 6-3A championship game at Kennedale
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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