"Chris pitched well and then Braxton came in and did a good job of shutting them down when we needed him to. I'm happy. I'm pleased with the win. Ugly, pretty, it doesn't matter. We've just got to come back and go to work tomorrow and get ready for Diamond Hill on Friday."
Rapp was a force on the mound through the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing only two hits and five walks and posting five strikeouts. He pitched four straight shutout innings before finding himself in trouble in the fifth frame.
After Lake Worth scored it's first run, the Bullfrogs quickly loaded the bases with one out, which led Barrick to call Allen out of his catcher's gear and onto the mound.
Allen inherited quite a jam, but wriggled his way out of it with two strikeouts that re-energized the entire Ram squad.
An error in the sixth brought home Lake Worth's second score to tie the game at 2-2, but Mineral Wells would not go down so easily.
Batting out of the nine-hole, Frank Jackson reached first base on a throwing error to lead off the seventh inning with enough time to turn the corner and slide into second. A groundout from Rapp moved him to third with one out to set up the play of the game.
"Frank's got wheels," Barrick said. "I knew we had wheels on the ground. If we could bunt him to third, now we've got a runner at third base with one out and we've got an opportunity to bunt or hit. (Lake Worth's pitcher) was real slow on his approach to the plate out of the windup. I thought, 'Well, we're going to squeeze and, even if we don't get it down, we've got a chance to steal home.'"