By TONY EIERDAM
FORT WORTH – Their bats may have come on late, but when they finally did come around a five-run deficit turned into a blowout win.
Paced by five runs scored in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams came back from being down 6-1 to take a 16-6 victory over Hillsboro in the opening game of a best-of-three area softball playoffs series Friday night at North Crowley High School.
The game was stopped in the bottom of the sixth inning on run rule.
The series will continue with game two on Saturday (May 4) at 1 p.m. at North Crowley High School. Game three. if necessary, will follow game two.
Kelsey Keeton was the winning pitcher for MWHS. She allowed six runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings.
Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said Keeton nor the team lost any confidence when trailing 6-1 after three-and-a-half innings.
“This is a mature team, and it didn’t panic,” Tarver said. “This team has made it to the area (second) round for the last three years in a row, and the girls knew we still had plenty of time, plenty of swings left.
“Kelsey also doesn’t get rattled. She just kept plugging away and eventually settled into a good rhythm.”
Allie Stephens went four-for-four, including a double, to lead the Lady Rams at the plate. Bethany Allen had three hits and drove in four runs, and Chandler Ortiz plated three Lady Rams and recorded a double.
The Lady Rams tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fourth after scoring five times. Stephens and Allen each registered a double in the frame, with both driving in a run.
In the five-run fifth inning, Allen (single) and Reagan Patterson (sacrifice fly) each drove in a run, and Hope Patterson smashed a double to drive in a pair. Hope Patterson scored later on a double by Ortiz.
The Lady Rams put the game away with five more runs in the sixth. Stephens and Molly Clarke each hit a single to lead off the inning.
The next batter, Makayla Nance, lined a single to center to drive in Stephens. Tabby Santibanez followed and reached on an infield error to load the bases.
Allen came up and blasted a triple to clear the bases and extend the Lady Rams’ lead to 15-6.
Reagan Patterson ended the game on a sacrifice fly to center field that drove in Allen.
By TONY EIERDAM
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Swimming to State
KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.
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.
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