"They're playing for first place, too," Barrick said. "What makes them dangerous is they keep getting better until the end of the season. Defensively, they're going to be sound. They put the ball in play and they never give up.
"They play from the first pitch to the last pitch. We've got to match that intensity."
The Mineral Wells coaching staff has spent time scouting Castleberry, but the focus of the past week in practice has been geared less toward a specific game plan and primarily on overall team improvement. Barrick said his team knows their identity and they are capable of achieving their goals this season.
"We've got spray charts on Castlberry and we know their strengths and weaknesses, but, more importantly, we know what our strengths and weaknesses are," he said. "I'm not as concerned about Castleberry as I am about us. If we play our game the best we can and take care of business, we should be fine."
Lady Rams Softball
Like their male counterparts, head coach David Tarver said the week-long break has been overwhelmingly positive for the Mineral Wells Lady Rams.
Tarver said his girls got Monday completely off before a hitting-only practice on Tuesday and regular practices Wednesday and Thursday, all of which went well.
"They got to sleep in three days in a row," Tarver said of the Lady Rams. "Everything's still plugging along, nice and tight."
After a disappointing 8-3 loss to Kennedale in their bout for first place, the Lady Rams (20-6, 4-1) have used the break to rest and reload for their game with a Castleberry squad that they dismantled in a 16-2 victory to open their District 6-3A slate at Kessler Field, March 11.