By TONY EIERDAM
Burkburnett pitcher Kylee Trahan allowed only one hit and struck out 10 to lead the state-ranked No. 6 Lady Bulldogs to a 9-0 win over the Mineral Wells Lady Rams Friday night in game one of their best-of-three regional quarterfinal series at Kessler Field.
Game two will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday (May 11) at Burkburnett, with game three, if necessary, to follow game two.
Trahan was lifted from the circle after the sixth inning. Kayla Armstrong retired three of four batters in the seventh. Before being removed from the circle to presumably rest her arm for game two, Trahan had retired 13 consecutive batters, retiring the side in order the last four frames she pitched.
Lady Rams freshman Kelsey Keeton took the loss in the circle for MWHS.
Keeton allowed seven runs on 10 hits with one walk and two strikeouts in five innings.
Allie Stephens finished in the circle for the Lady Rams, allowing one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts.
Despite the loss, Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said his team will not panic.
The Lady Rams fell to Graham 10-1 in the opener of a best-of-three area championship series last week only to come back and take two games the next day to clinch the series.
“We have been in this situation before,” Tarver said. “We will just have to regroup and get after them (on Saturday).
“All I have to do is remind them about Graham. This is the farthest we have ever been in the playoffs, and this is the best softball we have ever put together as a team.
“I am not ready for it to end, and neither are the girls. We are playing for our lives and our softball futures. We want to keep playing, and we will come out (on Saturday) with some fight.”
Molly Clarke swatted the lone base hit off Trahan, and Hope Patterson got a hit off Armstrong.
Burkburnett jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Trahan singled and was replaced on first base by courtesy runner Ansley Waddel. The next batter, Bryson Young, tripled to center field to drive in Waddel.
Young scored a batter later on a base hit from Ally Hardaway.
The best chance the Lady Rams had to score was in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Stephens was awarded first base after being hit by a pitch.
Clarke followed and singled sharply up the middle to put runners on first and second. However, Trahan got out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
Burkburnett added a pair of runs in the third for a 4-0 cushion. Armstrong lined a single that drove in Alyssa Tabian, who had reached on a double.
Two batters later, Trahan tripled to right field to plate Armstrong.
The Lady Bulldogs added three more runs in the fifth. The big hit in the frame was a two-RBI single by Casey Cannon.
Armstrong also drove in a run as the Lady Bulldogs led 7-0.
Trahan was on fire in the middle innings. During her streak of retiring 13 straight batters, she recorded seven strikeouts and only allowed one ball to leave the infield, on a fly out.
The Lady Bulldogs swatted four hits and took advantage of an error to close the scoring with a pair of runs in the seventh.
Armstrong’s final two outs came on strikeouts as Burkburnett took the series opener.
By TONY EIERDAM
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No football for CCS in 2014
After a series of administrative meetings from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Community Christian School's head football coach and athletics director, Bryan Horton, announced that the Warriors' varsity team will not suit up for football in 2014 due to a shortage of student athletes.
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.
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