By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Rams (9-8) kept things close early, but ultimately fell to the Argyle Eagles in their non-district finale, 11-3, on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Pratt Field.
The Rams battled to a 1-1 tie after two innings and stayed within striking distance with Argyle ahead, 5-3, at the end of the third. But Argyle soon strung some hits together and it wasn't long before the Eagles put the game out of reach.
Rams' head coach Bret Barrick was pleased with his team's effort, saying the experience against a quality opponent like Argyle will prove invaluable when Mineral Wells begins the most important part of its schedule next week: the District 6-3A slate.
"They're a good team and we were right there," he said. "It was 5-3 and things were going good. We both threw up zeroes in the fifth, and I'm thinking, 'Hey, we got a chance.' And then we kind of let the wheels fall off.
"But our kids played well. Give Argyle credit. They've got good pitching, solid defense and offensively, they didn't crush the ball, but they did put the ball in play and they got runners moving.
"I thought it was a good game for us warming up. We got a lot of guys to throw on the mound. We got some good work defensively and we had some good at-bats against good pitching. That was our goal, to kind of get us ready to rock-and-roll and go to work when we start district next Tuesday."
Five pitchers saw the mound for the Rams as Chris Rapp threw three innings to start, followed by Cameron Bullock, McCain Mason, Braxton Allen and Colby Kissinger, who each pitched one.