By TONY EIERDAM
LAKE WORTH – It was more than sweet revenge for the Mineral Wells Rams when they took care of Lake Worth, 8-2, here Tuesday night in a key District 6-3A game.
Not only did the victory avenge an earlier loss to the Bullfrogs, but it also gave the Rams sole possession of second place and keeps MWHS in the chase for a district title as they are only one game back of league-leading Kennedale.
The Rams were paced by two unlikely sources – a relief pitcher and a batter from the ninth spot in the order.
Pitcher Aaron Wheeler came on to relieve starter Brandon Martinez, allowing no runs and no hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4-1/3 innings. Matt “Moose” Tincher accounted for the final four outs, including three strikeouts.
Although he did not allow a hit, Martinez walked four batters and allowed two runs in 1-1/3 innings.
“Aaron was big for us,” Rams skipper Bret Barrick said. “He is part of the team concept we have been preaching.
“Aaron got an opportunity and he stepped up for his teammates. We needed someone to throw strikes and get outs, and that is exactly what he did.”
Leading the Rams at the plate was nine-hole hitter Kristian Santibanez, who went four-for-four including two lead-off hits and a run batted in.
“Kristian was also huge,” Barrick said. “He was on base all night long and made things happen.
MWHS scored four runs in the top of the first inning for a quick 4-0 lead. Paden Patino singled in a pair of runs, and a fielder’s choice combined with an error added two more runs.
The Rams added a pair of runs in the second for a 6-0 lead.
Santibanez led off with a double and Martinez followed with a walk. Both were driven home by a single from Patino, who would finish with four RBI from the clean-up spot in the batting order.
In the bottom of the second, Martinez hit the lead-off batter and followed with a walk. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, but the next batter was walked to load the bases.
Martinez walked the next batter to force in a run as Lake Worth cut the lead to 6-1. It was then that Barrick lifted Martinez in favor of Wheeler.
A fielder’s choice off the bat of the next batter scored a run to cut the lead to 6-2. Wheeler retired the next batter to stop the bleeding.
The Rams closed the scoring with two runs in the fifth frame.
Wheeler led off with a single to center field and advanced to third two batters later on an error. Santibanez followed with a base hit to drive in Wheeler for a 7-2 lead, and MWHS extended the lead to 8-2 when Colby Kissinger singled home Chris Rapp, who had reached on the error.
Wheeler ran out of gas in the sixth with two outs, and Tincher came in and on one pitch forced a ground out to end the inning.
Tincher allowed a pair of hits in the seventh, but he struck out three batters to seal the win.
“We played an all-around team game,” Barrick said. “It is a team game, and the team stepped up.
“But we are going to take it one game at a time.
“Our goal is in the final game of district (April 19 at Kennedale) we want to have an opportunity for a share of the district championship.
“To do that we have to take care of each and every game before Kennedale. Right now, the most important game of the year is our next game against Diamond Hill.”
Rams notes: Due to the postponement of the second day of the District 6-3A track meet to Friday, Friday’s baseball game at home against Diamond Hill has been moved to noon on Saturday. The junior varsity game will be at 10 a.m.
Rams avenge earlier loss to Lake Worth; stay in hunt for 6-3A title
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?
Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets
Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.
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