By CLINT FOSTER
SPRINGTOWN – Nobody said it would be easy. But despite an energized opponent and a rowdy hometown crowd that lived up to its reputation, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams (24-6, 8-1) made the best of their long-awaited final trip to Springtown and beat the rival Lady Porcupines, 16-5, on senior night, Tuesday.
With the win, the Lady Rams secured a 4-0 season sweep of Springtown to remain alone at second in District 6-3A as they bid goodbye and good riddance to the land of "Pojo" as a district foe.
"It felt really good to beat them after the way their fans acted all night," junior pitcher Allie Stephens said. "I think we're all glad to not be going back to Springtown for district games."
Although the Lady Rams run-ruled Springtown in six innings, the game was filled with a good deal more drama than the score would indicate.
Mineral Wells jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but quickly found themselves down, 2-1, early for the first time in almost a month when Springtown answered with two runs on four straight hits with one out in the bottom of the frame.
Sophomore Kelsey Keeton had only been in the pitcher's circle 1/3 of an inning when head coach David Tarver decided to pull the trigger and send Stephens in to pitch.
"I was excited to go in the when he asked me to," Stephens said. "I've pitched to Springtown multiple times, so I was confident in going in and being able to do my job. My screw balls and curve balls were working good for the called strikes I needed and then they helped me out by swinging at rise balls and my change ups."