By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells senior pitcher Matt “Moose “ Tincher has Castleberry’s number.
In the District 6-3A opener three weeks ago, Tincher threw a perfect game, mowing down every Lion he faced.
Friday night in the first game of the second half of the District 6-3A schedule, he dominated the Lions again.
The lefty struck out 13 batters, allowed just four hits and did not issue a walk to lead the Rams to a 3-1 victory over Castleberry at Pratt Field.
“Matt’s fast ball was outstanding (Friday),” Rams head coach Bret Barrick said. “He was mowing them down.
“But he also had good control of his curve ball, and that kept the hitters off balance.”
The Rams took a quick 2-0 lead after three innings.
In the first frame, junior shortstop Colby Kissinger drew a walk, advanced to second on an error and stole third base.
Kissinger scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Paden Patino.
The Rams increased their lead to 2-0 in the third inning when Tincher drove in Kristian Santibanez on a fielder’s choice ground out.
Meanwhile, the Moose was having his way with the Castleberry batters.
Tincher struck out the side in the fourth inning and fanned another batter in Castleberry’s scoreless fifth inning.
The Rams gave Tincher another run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Junior first baseman Bob Boudreau smashed a double to center field to lead off the inning.
The next batter, Santibanez, sent a shot to center field that looked like a certain home run.
However, the ball was caught on the warning track, allowing Boudreau to tag from second to third base.
But on the play, the throw into the infield escaped the clutches of a Lions infielder and rolled into the third-base dugout as Boudreau was awarded home plate for a 3-0 lead.
Castleberry scored its lone run in the top of the sixth inning.
Two infield singles and two stolen bases led to the run, but the rally was snubbed out when Tincher struck out a batter for the second out and forced a weak pop out to shortstop to end the inning.
MWHS got a one-out single from Aaron Wheeler in the sixth and had two runners on before Castleberry retired two batters in a row to keep it a two-run contest.
The Lions had an opportunity to cut the lead to one run when its leadoff hitter in the seventh inning reached on an error.
But inexplicably, the runner on first tried to steal second base, and it was easy pickings for freshman catcher Braxton Allen, who gunned down the runner with five feet to spare.
Tincher put the game to rest by striking out the next two Castleberry batters to give the Rams a 4-2 record in district play.
The Rams will continue district action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Worth.
By TONY EIERDAM
- Local Sports
Rams, Lady Rams continue hoops action today on road
Due to the recent ice storm, which shut down Mineral Wells High School for three school days and made area rural roads difficult for travel, the Mineral Wells Rams have not played a basketball game for the past eight days.
Basketball team, small town struggle with defeat
If “Medora” were just another movie about a hard-luck high school basketball team, you might pan it and say, “So what? Who cares? Seen that.”
Millsap Lady Bulldogs face No. 1 Brock
Texas Girls Coaches Association’s No. 1 Class 2A team will be traveling to Millsap on Friday as the Brock Lady Eagles, winners of the past five 2A state championships, will play the District 9-2A opener Friday at Millsap against the Lady Bulldogs.
In a game that saw the Mineral Wells Lady Rams jumped out to a big lead only to lose their advantage, it took three veteran MWHS players to get the team on track for the win.
Lawrence weighs in on UIL redistricting; realignment
High School realignment is in the air again.
Lady Rams junior varsity holds off Graham, 29-23
Jumping out to an 8-0 first-quarter lead, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams junior varsity defeated the Graham Lady Blues, 29-23, Tuesday afternoon at Graham.
Lady Rams defeat Graham in OT, 55-52
Pam Hopkins hit a go-ahead jumper from the lane and Natalie Ragland sank a crucial late free throw as the pair helped the Mineral Wells Lady Rams to a 55-52 victory in overtime over the Graham Lady Blues Tuesday night in Graham.
Strawn places 11 on District 12 football team
The district champion and state quarterfinalist Strawn Greyhounds placed 11 players on the All-District 12 six man Division II football team and had two players earn superlative awards in a vote of league coaches.
HHCC hires former MWHS grad as new head pro
Tee Jay Burge, former MWHS golfer has been hired to oversee the golf operations at Holiday Hills Country Club.
MWISD schools Join Millions in Teaching Computer Science
MWISD schools Join Millions in Teaching Computer Science for the First Time!
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Rams, Lady Rams continue hoops action today on road