SPRINGTOWN – When Patterson comes to the plate, there is always Hope a rally will ensue.
On a day where the first-place Mineral Wells Lady Rams’ bats did little at the plate, all they needed was one big hit to give starting pitcher Kelsey Keeton all the runs she would need Tuesday against the Springtown Lady Porcupines.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning and with runners at second and third, Mineral Wells sophomore third baseman Hope Patterson smashed a timely two-run double that plated Bethany Allen and Reagan Patterson to give the Lady Rams a 2-1 lead that would hold up as MWHS stayed undefeated in District 6-3A play with a one-run win.
Allen had opened the frame with an infield single, and Reagan Patterson followed with a single to left field. The next batter, Chandler Ortiz, successfully executed a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third before Hope Patterson’s hit, which turned out to be the game winner.
Keeton kept the Lady Porcupines at bay, allowing one run on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.
“Kelsey pitched well, and it was nice to win a close game,” Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said. “We did not have a good game offensively, but in spite of that we still came out on top.
“Hope came through for us when we needed a big hit.”
The win sets up a first-place showdown today at home against 4-0 Kennedale. The first pitch will be at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Kessler Field. It will also mark the halfway point of the district season.
In addition to hits by Hope Patterson, Allen and Reagan Patterson, Anjelica Trevino also recorded a hit.
Springtown opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning on a lead-off triple followed later by a run-scoring base hit.
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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.
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?
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.
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