In all, Mineral Wells trotted four pitchers onto the mound, two of which had not pitch in a game situation in three weeks or more.
Chris Rapp started the game and got credit for the win, allowing three runs – all earned – on five hits and a walk and tossing six strikeouts in three innings of work. Rapp would spend the rest of the game essentially taking a walking tour of the baseball diamond, seeing time at third base, shortstop and left field.
McCain Mason would take over the next two innings, allowing one hit, one earned run and a walk to go along with four strikeouts during that span. In his first pitching appearance since the March 21 Diamond Hill win, Mason struggled with his command at times, which Barrick said sometimes concerns him. But Mason was still able to post a solid stat line in an efficient outing.
The trouble with Mason, an incredible, young athlete that excels at multiple positions all over the field, is he has a tendency to get frustrated with himself, which can lead to more mistakes when tense. Barrick said the coaching staff is trying to teach the sophomore stud to take things in stride.
"McCain is harder on himself than anyone else is," Barrick said. "He's just got to relax, take some deep breaths and just kind of let things go and go play. He's working on that, too, and doing a good job."
Taking over for Mason on the hill was shortstop Colby Kissinger, who allowed two hits, two unearned runs and a walk in one inning. He also fanned a batter in his first mound appearance since an 11-3 loss to Argyle, March 14.
As he has done many times, catcher Braxton Allen closed out the game in his first pitching appearance since Kennedale, March 28. He allowed not hits, struck out two and walked one in a shutout seventh inning.