By TONY EIERDAM
GRANBURY – State-ranked No. 3 Bosqueville jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back as the Bulldogs defeated the Santo Wildcats, 14-6, here Saturday afternoon in game two to sweep the Class A, Region II regional quarterfinal series two games to none.
Bosqueville (28-5), which defeated the ‘Cats 12-0 in the opener of the series Friday, advances to the regional semifinals where they will face Trenton.
Santo finishes a successful season at 15-7. Wildcats head coach Brandon Young said the loss did not take away from a great season.
“We worked hard all year, and these kids deserve everything they have earned,” he said. “I am really proud of them. But we seem to hit a wall each year in this round (third) of the playoffs. This is where it has been ending.
“But we have a young team (Santo will only lose starters Christopher Hoover and Zane Mauney to graduation) and we feel we have started a tradition at Santo.
“We feel we will get over the hump eventually.”
Perhaps the most remarkable effort in the game came from Santo senior pitcher Christopher Hoover, who had struck out 87 batters coming into the series. Hoover threw 80-plus pitches in his start Friday night, but on Saturday with his team trailing 10-5 he came on in relief in the fifth inning and struck out the side. He would pitch the final three innings, striking out eight batters.
However, the ‘Cats could only produce one more run and Bosqueville added another four runs in the sixth to put the game away.
“Christopher battled hard,” Young said. “He threw more than 80 pitches Friday night, and (Saturday) he told me he could go three more innings if we needed him.
“I am so proud of him. He was throwing strikes and had good velocity.”
Mauney started on the hill for Santo, allowing only one hit in 2-2/3 innings. He walked five batters, but allowed just two earned runs. Dylan Sweeney came on in relief in the third. He pitched 1-1/3 innings, allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and three hit batters. Garrett Nemeth pitched one-third of an inning, allowing three runs on two hits with a walk.
Bosqueville took advantage of a pair of walks, a hit batter and an error in the second for a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs added four runs in the third for a 5-0 lead. Bosqueville had just two singles in the frame – including an infield hit – and took advantage of two walks, three hit batters while recording a sacrifice fly.
However, the Wildcats got two of the runs back in the bottom of the third. Grant Gilbert and Mauney each walked to give Santo runners at first and second with no outs. After a strikeout, Hoover slammed a single to center field to drive in Gilbert and Mauney to cut the lead to 5-2.
Bosqueville remained patient at the plate in the top of the fourth inning. In the Bulldogs’ five-run fourth there were four walks and the Bulldogs added an RBI triple and an infield it that drove in a run. Three other runs came courtesy of errors as Bosqueville led 10-2.
The ‘Cats scratched for a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 10-3.
Sweeney drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs Mauney surprised Bosqueville with a bunt single as Santo had runners on first and third with two outs.
But with too big of a lead on first base, Mauney appeared to have gotten picked off, but he scrambled and got into a run down. He stayed in the rundown until Sweeney scored from third as the ‘Cats cut the Bulldogs’ lead to seven runs.
After Hoover sent the Bulldogs down in order, Santo came back in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs.
Keith Chalker and Hoover began the inning with walks, but Bosqueville recorded an out when Dylan Price reached base on a fielder’s choice.
Hoover would score two batters later on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Ty Hunter, and Price scored later on a wild pitch as Santo cut the lead to 10-5.
Bosqueville closed the scoring with four runs in the sixth.
Young said when he looks back at the year he will see a season of success.
“Our guys are just really hard workers, and we have scratched and clawed all season,” he said. “We are young, and I think we will do good things in the future.
“This run in the playoffs will give our kids confidence, and they hung in this series with a very good baseball team.
“If you take away the walks and errors ... we are in the (second) game which means we may have stretched the series to a third game.
“Anything can happen when you don’t make mistakes. Once we look back and learn form that, we can advance deeper.
“I am so proud of our team, our school and our parents.
“This has been a community effort, and I am ready for next year.”
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
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?
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