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May 4, 2014

Too little, too late

Rams run out of late-game magic, fall short to Vernon, 5-3, to end season

By CLINT FOSTER

BOWIE – It was just as head coach Bret Barrick feared.

Despite a valiant comeback and a gutsy pitching performance from senior Chris Rapp, the Mineral Wells Rams ran out of late-game magic Friday on the campus of Bowie High School and fell to the Vernon Lions, 5-3, in a single-game, bi-district playoff series to put an end to the Rams' state championship aspirations and their 2014 season.

A brilliant 17-10 campaign, including an unlikely District 6-3A championship and a historic sweep of Kennedale, ultimately came down to the flip of a coin. With the fate of the Rams' season left in the hands of chance, it was the District 5-3A fourth-place Vernon Lions (7-16, 2-6) who got to decide in favor of a one game series. And just like that, a four-run second inning proved the difference maker in Mineral Wells' season, as the Lions advanced and the Rams were left shaking their heads.

"It just wasn't our day," Barrick said. "We were a little jittery to start things off and it took us two innings before we could finally settle down and start playing. Give Vernon some credit, they've got some great kids. They did a good job and came out and put the ball in play.

"That big second inning put it to where we had to work extremely hard to get back in it. But I was very proud of the kids. They fought and played hard to get back in it. We had a chance right there, but we just kind of ran out of magic.

"I'd like to play them in a series. I think with two out of three, we'd have a chance to get them. But that's how it goes. When you lose the flip, you put it all on chance."

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