"It's not fun coming and playing in situations like that, but going into the playoffs, having a hostile, loud environment is a good situation to play in. It's a good way to prepare ourselves."
With the hard-fought win behind them, the Lady Rams have but one game left on the regular season schedule to look forward to: a home rematch against the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Lady Cats (20-6, 9-0).
In their previous meeting – a battle for first place in District 6-3A, March 28 – Mineral Wells fell in Kennedale, 8-3. But if the Lady Rams can best the 'Cats at Kessler Field, Friday, it will force a tie-breaker game to determine the district champion.
Tarver said the Lady Rams are up for the challenge.
"I'm excited about Kennedale," Stephens said. "I think we have the ability to beat them. We just have to come together as a team and do our jobs."
First pitch of the heavyweight fight is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, at Kessler Field. It will be senior night for the Lady Rams.