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February 28, 2013

Freshman Braxton Allen strikes out 10 in Rams’ win

STAFF REPORTS

Mineral Wells pitcher Braxton Allen struck out 10 batters and allowed just three hits to lead the Rams to a 9-1 victory over Eastland Tuesday night at Pratt Field.

Allen, a freshman, gave up only one walk in six innings.

Brandon Martinez came on in the seventh to finish the game, allowing one hit with a strikeout.

“Braxton pitched really well after settling down in the second inning,” Rams head coach Bret Barrick said. “Brandon has done a great job in relief the last two outings.

“We played good defense and hit the ball well. We also did a good job on the bases and manufactured some runs by getting into scoring position by running the bases well.

“Overall, a good night and I am very pleased with our effort and attitude of trying to get better every game.

“We had a lot of guys playing different positions, and they are doing a great job settling in and making plays.”

At the plate, Martinez recorded a double and Paden Patino swatted a triple.

The Rams scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 lead.

MWHS added a run in the third, two in the fourth and closed the scoring with three runs in the sixth.

The Rams (4-2) will host a rotation tournament beginning today.

MWHS will play at 11 a.m. at Pratt Field against Western Hills and at a 4 p.m. against Decatur.

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