For one, the break has given the Rams the opportunity to rest all of their arms in a very talented and deep pitching rotation. As a result, Barrick said the coaching staff has been able to retool the order of the rotation so that no district opponent will see the same Ram on the mound twice.
With his entire rotation available for the Rams' first matchup with Castleberry this season, Barrick was not ready to publicly name a starter for tonight's game, opting instead to keep his cards close to his chest.
Barrick said the other area of focus during the break has been the offense, particularly the top of the order, which has struggled in recent games.
Since district play began, the top three of the Rams’ order – changes in the three hole, withstanding – have been a combined 8-for-36 from the plate (.222) with only two hits in the past two games.
But Barrick said the break has allowed these team leaders time to refocus.
"The offense has seemed to struggle, particularly the top of the lineup," he said. "We've gotten guys back in the cages and back to the fundamentals and it's given us an opportunity to work on offensive strategies.
"(The players at the top of the order) are the guys that have produced for us in the past. I think they might have been trying to do too much at the plate. Now they've had time to refocus, relax and learn not to press so much. We've looked pretty good."
Turning their attention to Castleberry, Barrick has stressed the importance of the Rams playing their best against a Lions team that has quietly crept into a tie with Kennedale for second in District 6-3A at 3-1 and has district championship ambitions of their own.