Mineral Wells Index
By TONY EIERDAM
Eleven Mineral Wells Rams earned All-District 6-3A baseball honors, including two who earned superlative awards, in a vote of league coaches.
Eight Rams made the first team including senior left-handed pitcher Matt “Moose” Tincher, who was selected as the district’s Pitcher of the Year, and freshman catcher Braxton Allen, who was voted as Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player.
In district play, Tincher was 4-2 with an earned run average of 1.26. Tincher struck out 70 batters in 38-2/3 innings with just five walks.
“Matt had a great high school career, and he is the best pitcher I have ever been around,” Rams head coach Bret Barrick said. “He will go down as one of the best pitchers Mineral Wells has seen.”
As a first-year varsity catcher, Allen was tested early in district play on the base paths.
But after he threw out the first five runners who tried to steal, 6-3A teams rarely attempted a steal in the second half of league play.
Allen hit .357 in district play with four doubles, a triple and seven runs batted in.
Also earning first-team honors from MWHS were senior center fielder Brandon Martinez, junior shortstop Colby Kissinger, senior pitcher/third baseman Aaron Wheeler, senior outfielder Dan Reay Turk, sophomore first baseman Bob Boudreau and senior designated hitter Kristian Santibanez.
Martinez hit .387 in district action, swatted a team-high two triples and scored 11 runs form his lead-off spot in the batting order.
Kissinger hit a team-high .467 with 11 runs scored and six RBI. He also led the team in on base percentage at .541.
Wheeler was 2-0 on the mound in 6-3A with 16 strikeouts kin 11 innings. He also hit .346 with five RBI and six runs scored.
Turk hit .407 with four RBI and six runs scored; Boudreau hit .235 in district but was more noted for steady defensive play at first base (Boudreau played first base when Tincher pitched); and Santibanez had a batting average of .294 with two doubles and four runs scored.
Earning second-team, all-district honors from Mineral Wells were junior second baseman Paden Patino and junior outfielder Chris Rapp. Senior outfielder Sean McGuire earned an honorable mention.
“I am very proud of all the guys that received honors and feel they were all well deserved,” Barrick said. “I could talk about each one but it would be a book and I really don’t want to do that. I think everyone knows how I feel about each of my kids, and I am excited for the seniors and the next chapter in there lives and also for the underclassmen in that we have some guys coming back that can help us compete for a district championship next year.
“I really don’t know what else to say that hasn’t already been said.”