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April 4, 2014

Back in the swing of things

Rams, Lady Rams set to return to district play vs. Castleberry after week-long break

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Tarver said the focus has remained consistent: to take care of each game and not take any opponent lightly. He said a team like Castleberry with their backs against the wall in district can easily become a trap game for the Lady Rams if they allow it to.

"Castleberry is fighting for their playoff lives," he said. "One slip-up can knock them out of the playoffs. They're going to try and sneak out a win anywhere they can. 

"They know we're the better team, but when you let a team like that hang around, it gives them confidence. Those are the teams that become dangerous. When we go out and handle business, it makes things much better.

"We've just got to go out, play hard and stay focused and play like we are the better team."

Sticking to their original rotation, Tarver said junior Allie Stephens will start the game at pitcher for the Lady Rams. In her previous start against the Lady Lions this season, Stephens allowed four hits through five innings of work and struck out eight to get credit for the win. 

As for the rest of the team – who batted a combined .480 in their first game against the Lady Lions –Tarver said the motto has been "attention to detail."

"Wednesday's practice was a big mental practice," he said. "We need to understand the little things we can do. The best way I can describe it is field savvy.

"We work on situations all the time, but the deeper it goes and as the body starts becoming more tired, you try to sharpen your mental focus more and more. It's about gaining those little advantages and not only being the better team, but looking like it. Look and play like you know what's going on."

Once the Castleberry game is behind them, the Rams and Lady Rams will have no more breaks until the end of the regular season before the playoffs begin. The hope for both teams is that a win in Fort Worth will continue to build their case for a district championship and a favorable playoff seed to help them achieve their ultimate goals.

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