Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local Sports

March 14, 2013

Graham bats give Lady Rams the blues


“Maybe this is what we needed.”

Those were the spoken words of Mineral Wells Lady Rams head coach David Tarver moments after the Graham Lady Blues swatted four home runs en route to a 10-3 win Tuesday night in MWHS’ final non-district game of the year.

The Lady Rams will begin District 6-3A play at 7 p.m. Friday at Castleberry.

Although the Lady Rams could not match the Lady Blues’ offensive output, Tarver felt there were some positives.

The Lady Rams were again without the services of first baseman Allie Stephens – out with a injury but could be ready by Friday – which caused a position trickle affect that caused several players to play out of position.

All-state shortstop Bethany Allen was moved to catcher, and all-district catcher Reagan Patterson was moved to third base. The regular third baseman, Hope Patterson, drew starting pitching duties, and center fielder Makayla Nance started at shortstop.

“When we are not completely healthy, we have had people move to different positions and play well,” Tarver said. “But as far as the loss, this just shows us we need to be focused at all times and we just can’t walk on the field and expect to win.”

Hope Patterson took the loss in the circle, allowing six runs on six hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts in three innings.

Freshman Kelsey Keeton finished in the circle, allowing four runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Graham’s Macy Nantz was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on five hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in seven innings.

The Lady Rams took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame when Reagan Patterson belted a solo home run, her sixth of the year.

“Reagan is really swinging the bat well,” Tarver said. “She knew the wind was blowing out and just made sure she got it up in the air.”

Meanwhile, the Lady Blues were taking full advantage of a steady and strong wind blowing directly out to left field.

Graham hit four home runs in the first four innings to race out to a 7-1 lead.

The Lady Rams got two of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth.

Hope Patterson led off with a double, and the next batter, Keeton, drew a walk. Keeton was replaced at first base by courtesy runner Anaiz Mendoza.

Two batters later, both runners moved up a base when Molly Clarke reached on a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases.

After Nantz struck out the next batter, Tabby Santibanez smashed a single that drove in Hope Patterson and Mendoza as MWHS cut the Graham lead to 7-3.

The Lady Blues added three more runs to close the scoring, but Nantz did not need the runs.

Nantz sent the Lady Rams down in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to seal the win.

In the junior varsity contest, Graham defeated the Lady Rams, 12-9.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season


    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.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg 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. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • 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. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    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.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Denise Lee.jpg 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.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 7, 2014

  • FWIW logo.jpg Polling mishap

    As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets

    Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.

    July 3, 2014

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

AP College Football Top 25
Auto Racing
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide