By CLINT FOSTER
The dust has settled from the Kennedale games and it's time for the Rams and Lady Rams of Mineral Wells to jump back into the thick of their District 6-3A schedule. Road contests against the Castleberry Lions and Lady Lions loom, with first pitches at 7:30 p.m., tonight in Fort Worth.
The Castleberry games will mark the first time in a week that both the Rams and Lady Rams will take the diamond. Both teams had to take a break and forgo their usual Tuesday game dates because of STAAR testing.
But coaches said the break was timely and allowed their teams to get some much-needed rest and extra time to prepare for the final half of the district slate.
For the Rams (13-8, 4-0), their 5-4 victory over Kennedale was nothing short of colossal.
Not only did they conquer a significant mountain in beating the Wildcats for the first time in over a decade, but the road win also put the Rams alone in first place in the District 6-3A race with six games left in the regular season.
To say the win was energizing would be a gross understatement. Yet, for that reason, head coach Bret Barrick said the break could not have come at a better time.
"We were still pretty jacked on Tuesday from the Kennedale win," he said. "This break has allowed us to refocus, get off of the high from Kennedale and given us the opportunity to focus more on Castleberry.
"I think its been good for us. We'd been on a pretty long haul there and we've had good practices so far this week. We'll just have to see if things keep going."
Besides the mental impact of the break, Barrick said there have also been many tangible effects on his team that can help them finish the season strong.