By TONY EIERDAM
In a pair of games against state-ranked teams at the Tri County Rotation Softball Tournament at Kessler Field, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams blew out Abilene Wylie, 12-1, on Thursday, and on Friday fell in a hard-fought contest to Celina, 5-2.
Lady Rams head coach David Tarver set up the tournament to test his talented team, and Friday’s lone game for MWHS was a classic softball game between two teams that have state-tournament aspirations.
The rotation tournament was to have concluded on Saturday, weather permitting.
“We are having to ... we are having to play some ball,” Tarver said. “We just can’t step on the field and expect to win against any of these teams in this tournament.
“They have all been a challenge, and I think they have brought the best out of our kids.”
Against Abilene Wylie, Lady Rams freshman pitcher Kelsey Keeton threw a four-hitter. She did not allow a walk and struck out four in a game stopped after five innings due to run rule.
“Wylie beat us by a couple of runs here last year, and it was nice to give a little pay back,” Tarver said. “Kelsey pitched good game, she hit her spots, and we scored some runs for her.”
MWHS was the “visiting” team against Wylie, and the Lady Rams punched the Lady Bulldogs in the mouth right from the start as junior shortstop Bethany Allen and senior catcher Reagan Patterson began the contest with back-to-back doubles.
Victoria Huffman also had a double in the inning that drove in a pair of runs as MWHS jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead.
The Lady Rams put the game away with eight runs in the fourth frame. MWHS sent up 13 batters in the inning and swatted seven hits.
Reagan Patterson recorded a two-run double; Keeton swatted a two-RBI single; and Hope Patterson also drove in two runs on a line-drive single.
Makayla Nance and Tabby Santibanez each drove in a run in the frame on singles. Nance would add an RBI single in the fifth inning.
Against Celina, Keeton allowed just one earned run and seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Celina scored four unearned runs in the third inning, which was the difference in the ball game.
The Lady Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Allen led off with a single to left, and she scored one batter later when a throw after Chandler Ortiz’s sacrifice bunt sailed into right field.
Ortiz scored later in the inning on a base hit by Huffman.
However, Celina allowed just three more hits for the rest of the contest.
Celina got a huge break when it took advantage of three Lady Rams’ errors and scored four unearned runs in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Celina closed the scoring with a run in the fourth.
The Lady Rams put two runners on base in the seventh when Nance and Ortiz each reached on base hits.
But with two outs, Celina got the final out on a fly ball to seal the win.
“We had one bad inning,” Tarver said. “(Celina) actually had two outs and no runners on, but we let the inning get away from us.
“But it was a good lesson learned. If you are going to take a positive out of (the Celina loss) we saw a team that went to the state championship game two years ago and the regional final last year take advantage of their opportunities against us.”
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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