By TONY EIERDAM
Both the Mineral Wells Lady Rams softball team and the Rams baseball squad used brilliant pitching efforts to defeat Castleberry on Friday in the first games of the second half of the district slate.
District 6-3A play will continue for both teams today at Lake Worth. Both the softball and baseball games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Rams senior Matt “Moose” Tincher continued his domination of the Lions. The lefty, who threw a perfect game at Castleberry on March 15, came back on Friday to strike out 13 batters while allowing just four hits in a 3-1 victory that clinched a season sweep for MWHS.
“The big thing was Matt threw his curve ball for strikes,” Barrick said. “He kept them honest with that pitch.
“We are taking it one game at a time, and we will take wins any way we can get them.”
Equally effective for the Lady Rams was freshman hurler Kelsey Keeton, who dominated the Lady Lions once again.
Keeton allowed only one hit, did not issue a walk and struck out eight batters in an 11-1 win stopped by run rule in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“Kelsey threw well, and she also was helped by our hitting,” Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said. “It was nice to see the girls up and down the lineup hit aggressively.
“I think that will continue throughout the season.”
Today the focus is on Lake Worth, but the MWHS ball teams are looking at the their respective games with different perspectives.
The Rams are not only seeking revenge from a 10-4 loss at home on March 19, but they need the win to stay in the hunt for the top spot in the 6-3A baseball standings.
Rams head coach Bret Barrick said he will go with senior Brandon Martinez to start on the mound today. Martinez pitched three shutout innings against Lake Worth in the first round of district play before growing tired in the fourth, where he allowed a pair of runs and was lifted. He was replaced by Chris Rapp, who allowed eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Barrick said he will use Aaron Wheeler and Rapp if Martinez does not throw a complete game.
“We owe Lake Worth,” Barrick said. “I like the way Brandon threw the ball the last time he pitched, so I will go with him.
“I will have Aaron and Chris backing him up, but hopefully we won’t need them. But we are going to have to hit the ball better than we did against Castleberry to beat Lake Worth.
“Again, we owe them one, and we like playing at their beautiful park. We have always hit the ball well there.”
The Lady Rams had little trouble in a 15-0 win on March 19 over the Lady Frogs. Keeton threw a four-hitter in that contest. The MWHS ladies are still suffering nagging injuries, and Tarver hopes he can rest some players this week to get ready for the final two district games – at home on April 16 against Springtown and March 19 at Kennedale in the district finale that could decide the district championship.
The Lady Rams face Diamond Hill, a team they run ruled in the first round, at home on Friday.
“We have had some injuries, and with games (today) and Friday against Diamond Hill, maybe we can rest some of our players,” Tarver said. “I am hoping this will be a good recovery week.”
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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