By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells freshman pitcher Kelsey Keeton allowed only one hit with no walks and eight strikeouts to lead the Lady Rams to a convincing 11-1 victory over the Castleberry Lady Lions Friday night in a District 6-3A game at Kessler Field that was called in the bottom of the fifth due to the 10-run rule.
Keeton has done a number on the Lady Lions this year.
In 14 innings against Castleberry, she has given up no earned runs and just three hits while striking out 19 batters.
“Kelsey hit all of her spots and had command of all of her pitches,” Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said. “She also does not get rattled – nothing seems to bother her.”
Tarver was also pleased with the Lady Rams’ hitting.
MWHS pounded 11 hits – including three by senior second baseman Chandler Ortiz – and senior catcher Reagan Patterson swatted her eighth round-tripper of the season.
“Reagan is on fire,” Tarver said. “She is having a special senior season.
“It was also nice to see Chandler hitting the ball hard. She seems to have gotten her stroke back.”
The Lady Rams jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings.
In the first inning, Allen reached on an error, and two batters later Ortiz reached on an infield hit.
The next batter, sophomore third baseman Hope Patterson, stroked a hard-hit ball Castleberry was unable to come up with that drove in Allen and Ortiz.
In the second frame, junior center fielder Makayla Nance walked with one out, and two batters later Allen singled to put runners on first and second.
Reagan Patterson followed with a three-run homer well over the left-centerfield fence for a five-run cushion.
Meanwhile, Keeton was mowing down Lady Lions. She recorded six strikeouts in the first three innings as Castleberry hit only one ball out of the infield.
But in the fourth, Castleberry notched an unearned run.
The Lady Lions produced their only hit of the contest on a double, and that runner scored with two outs on an error to cut the Lady Rams’ lead to 5-1.
But the run meant little as MWHS came back in the bottom of the frame and scored four runs for a 9-1 advantage.
Allen (single), Ortiz (single), Hope Patterson (single) and Keeton (single) each drove in runs in the fourth.
MWHS closed the scoring with a pair of runs in the fifth.
The game-ending hit was a two-RBI single by Ortiz that plated Nance and Tabby Santibanez.
By TONY EIERDAM
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No football for CCS in 2014
After a series of administrative meetings from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Community Christian School's head football coach and athletics director, Bryan Horton, announced that the Warriors' varsity team will not suit up for football in 2014 due to a shortage of student athletes.
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.
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