By TONY EIERDAM
KENNEDALE – It was a day of hope for both the Mineral Wells Lady Rams softball team and Rams baseball team as each traveled here Friday seeking shares of their respective district championships.
Both teams came into the Friday contests one game behind league-leading Kennedale, but after Friday night’s games both MWHS teams will have to settle for second place.
The Lady Rams fell 8-1 to the state-ranked No. 3 Lady Kats, while the Rams fell just short in a 3-2 loss to the No. 7 Wildcats.
The Lady Rams finish district play with an 8-2 record, while the Rams finish league play at 7-3.
Both the Lady Rams and Rams will enter the Class 3A playoffs as second seeds in the district.
Kennedale scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come from behind and defeat the Rams.
The Rams had taken a 2-0 lead with a run in the opening frame and another in the third inning.
Brandon Martinez scored in the first inning for a 1-0 lead off an Aaron Wheeler ground ball Kennedale could not handle.
The Rams extended their lead to 2-0 in the third. Kristian Santibanez led off with a single and scored on a base hit by Braxton Allen.
Meanwhile, pitcher Matt “Moose” Tincher was having his way with the ‘Cats. Through six innings Tincher had allowed only one hit while striking out 13 batters with no walks. Tincher would finish with 14 strikeouts.
But in the bottom of the seventh inning Kennedale’s lead-off hitter reached on an error and the next batter followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs.
Tincher struck out the next batter as the Rams were just two outs away from a co-championship and a tiebreaker game for the district’s top seed.
But Kennedale’s Brett Taylor smashed a double to score two runners and tie the score at 2-2.
The next batter, Josh Taylor, singled to center field to plate Brett Taylor for the walk-off win.
The Lady Rams fell behind 5-0 after two innings as Kennedale ripped nine hits, including three extra-base hits.
The Lady Rams cut the lead to 5-1 in the top of the third frame.
Tabby Santibanez hit a one-out double and scored two batters later on a base hit from Reagan Patterson.
But with two outs Kennedale pitcher Kaitlyn Leeds struck out the next batter to end the brief rally. Leeds would finish with 13 strikeouts while allowing just four hits.
Kennedale added a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to close the scoring.
Pitcher Kelsey Keeton took the loss in the circle, allowing five earned runs on 13 hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 5-1/3 innings.
Allie Stephens came on in relief in the sixth, allowing a hit with one strikeout in 2/3 innings.
The Lady Rams will play Graham, the third-place team form District 5-3A, in the bi-district playoffs.
Date, time and location will be announced early next week. Check www.mineralwellsindex.com for information on the softball bi-district playoffs, or see Tuesday’s Index.
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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