By TONY EIERDAM
LAKE WORTH – Reagan Patterson drove in four runs and Bethany Allen added a pair of RBI to lead the Mineral Wells Lady Rams to a 13-3 victory over Lake Worth here Tuesday night in a District 6-3A contest.
The Lady Rams were supposed to continue 6-3A play at home on Friday against Diamond Hill. However, rain postponed the district track meet to Thursday and Friday which as a result moved the district softball games to Saturday.
But the start time was not set at press time. Check www.mineralwellsindex.com for the Saturday start time.
The Lady Rams took advantage of seven walks and two hit batters to score 13 runs in the first two innings in a contest stopped by run rule after the fifth inning.
Kelsey Keeton started in the circle for MWHS, allowing no earned runs on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts in two innings.
The Lady Rams welcomed back Allie Stephens to the circle for the first time since before district play began. Stephens pitched the final three innings, giving up no earned runs on one hit with three walks and five strikeouts.
Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said everyone got to play, and that some players switched positions after the second inning.
“Allie looked good for her first time back,” Tarver said. “She had not pitched since our tournament in early March.
“She had a little rust, which was to be expected, but she was not wild. When she missed a pitch, she was missing around the strike zone and did a good job.
“But the biggest thing we got out of this game was in the last three innings everyone got to play, and no starter played her regular position. It was a lot of fun, especially when Sydney (Shelstead) got a base hit.
“(Regular starting second baseman) Chandler (Ortiz) also made a diving catch in center field and threw for a double play after the catch.
“The girls had a good time.”
Tarver said his team is not looking ahead at next week’s district-ending games with Springtown and Kennedale, the latter which could be for a share of the district championship.
“I like where we are at right now, and I am happy to see the girls came in and took care of business,” he said. “If we beat Diamond Hill we will clinch a playoff spot.”
Lake Worth walked the first three batters of the game. Keeton drove in Allen on a fielder’s choice, and Patterson scored for a 2-0 lead after Stephens drove her in with a single.
However, Lake Worth matched the run total with two unearned runs in the bottom of the first to knot the contest at 2-2.
The Lady Rams scored 11 runs in the second inning to increase the lead to 13-2.
Patterson swatted a pair of hits in the frame including a single that drove in a run and a three-run double down the right-field line.
Allen recorded two RBI in the inning on a double to left and when she walked with the bases loaded.
Ortiz (single), Keeton (single), Makayla Nance (walk with bases loaded) and Tabby Santibanez (hit by pitch with bases loaded) each drove in a run in the second.
Lake Worth closed the scoring with an unearned run in the fifth inning.
By TONY EIERDAM
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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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