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April 6, 2014

Rams fall to Castleberry, 4-0, tied for first in district

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"Chris pitched well, he pitched real well," Barrick said. "We didn't play as well behind him as we should have."

Offensively, the Rams mustered four hits and three walks. In addition to Rapp’s two hits, the other two came from Cameron Bullock and designated hitter Brayden Garcia. 

Mineral Wells put runners in scoring position on two different occasions. But the Rams could never seal the deal and bring a runner home. Barrick said the lack of a timely hit hurt his team the most in the loss.

"Offensively, we put the ball in play, we just didn't get the big hit when we needed it.," he said. "We had a couple of innings where we had runners at second and third with two outs and if we get a base hit right there, we probably score a couple and it's a different kind of ball game. 

"That's the way baseball goes. Sometimes you get the hit when you need it, sometimes you don't get the hit when you need it. Tonight, we didn't get the hits when we needed them. 

"Give Castleberry the credit. They made the plays and hit the ball well and when they needed to. Their pitcher did a pretty good job of keeping us off balance tonight. We never could really zero in."

As much as the Rams wanted to post an undefeated district season, sometimes a loss can be the best thing for a team moving forward. Barrick echoed this sentiment, referencing the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

"You see Wichita State go into the NCAA Tournament undefeated, first undefeated team since 1991, and they didn't get it done," he said. "Whereas teams like Kentucky and Florida come in with some losses under them, so they know what it's like. So, it could be a good thing for us. 

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