By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells senior lefty Matt “Moose” Tincher held Fort Worth Western Hills to only one hit while striking out 12 as the Rams whitewashed the Cougars, 3-0, Thursday morning at Pratt Field in the first round of the Mineral Wells Rotation Tournament.
The Rams (5-2) will play twice today at Pratt Field – at 11 a.m. against Fort Worth Eastern Hills and at 4 p.m. against Granbury. The Rams will conclude tournament play at 11 a.m. Saturday against Graham.
Tincher struck out the side in the second and third innings, and he walked just one batter while hitting another.
The Rams gave Tincher all the runs he would need in a two-run first frame.
“Matt did a good job of hitting spots for the entire game,” Rams head coach Bret Barrick said. “But that’s what Matt does; he gets up there, bears down and hits his spots. He doesn’t worry about anything else.
“We played some defense behind Matt, and I was pleased with the way the guys put the ball in play against a good pitcher.
“We didn’t have a lot of hits (six) but everyone seemed to put the ball in play. As long as we can put the ball in play and make them have to get us out – instead of us getting ourselves out (by striking out) – we are going to be OK.”
Tincher hit the first batter of the game but settled in and struck out two batters in the top of the first inning to keep the Cougars scoreless.
In the bottom of the inning, Rams’ lead-off hitter Brandon Martinez reached second base on an error and scored when the next batter, Colby Kissinger, slashed a double to left-centerfield.
Kissinger crossed the plate a batter later after a line-drive double to right-centerfield off the bat of Tincher as MWHS led 2-0.
Western Hills did not put a ball in play in the following two innings as Tincher used a mixture of fast balls and curve balls to frustrate the Cougar batters.
The Rams extended their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Varsity newcomer Bob Boudreau drew a walk and ended up on third base after a single from Martinez.
Boudreau scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Kissinger.
Meanwhile, Tincher kept up his intensity, striking out a pair of batters in the sixth while retiring the side in order.
In the bottom of the sixth, back-to-back two-out singles by Paden Patino and McCain Mason followed by a walk from Boudreau loaded the bases.
But Western Hills got out of the inning when Dan Reay Turk’s hard-hit ground ball was fielded by the Cougars’ shortstop who made the put out.
Tincher kept the ball low in the seventh inning as he retired the side in order, all on ground-ball outs.
Also collecting a hit for the Rams was Aaron Wheeler with a single in the fourth inning.
Tincher strikes out 12, allows one hit in Rams’ 3-0 win over Western Hills
By TONY EIERDAM
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Swimming to State
KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.
Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals
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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