By TONY EIERDAM
When head coach David Tarver helped put together the Tri County Rotation Softball Tournament along with Graham and Springtown, he wanted the teams that were going to play in Mineral Wells to be top-notch competition.
Thursday afternoon in the opener of the tournament’s leg at Kessler Field, Tarver got what he wanted.
Paced by a one-hitter from Iowa Park pitcher Peyton Helton, the Lady Hawks defeated the Mineral Wells Lady Rams, 5-0, in a battle of two teams that could potentially hook up in the playoffs.
The Lady Rams (12-6-1) were to have played Abilene Wylie later Thursday, but that game was not finished until after press time.
The tournament continues today as MWHS will face Celina at noon. The Lady Rams will conclude tournament play at noon Saturday against Lubbock Cooper and later that day at 4 p.m. against Brownwood.
All of the teams playing this year are either state ranked or made the playoffs last year, or both.
“This is what we wanted,” Tarver said. “This is the kind of competition we want to play in order to better prepare for the playoffs.
“Most of these teams went three or four rounds in the playoffs last year, and you can only get better playing this type of competition.”
Helton allowed just one walk while striking out five in seven innings.
Lady Rams pitcher Hope Patterson also had a solid outing in the circle. The sophomore allowed four earned runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
“Hope pitched well,” Tarver said. “She was throwing her rise ball and screw ball high in the strike zone, and those are hard pitches to hit.
“For the most part she kept the hitters off balance.”
Iowa Park scored on an unearned run in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead and added a pair of runs in the fourth to increase its lead to 3-0.
Meanwhile, Helton was having her way with the Lady Rams. Through four innings she allowed just one base runner and pitched to one batter above the minimum.
The Lady Hawks extended their lead to 5-0 when Baylee Voigt smashed a towering two-run home run into a stiff wind that carried well beyond the left-field fence.
The Lady Rams broke up Helton’s no-hitter when Makayla Nance lined a single to right field. Nance advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, and when Reagan Patterson drew a walk, Nance advanced to third base on a wild pitch.
But with two runners on and two out, Helton got out of a jam when Hope Patterson’s long drive to center field was caught for the third out.
Helton sent the Lady Rams down in order in the seventh to preserve the win.
By TONY EIERDAM
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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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