By CLINT FOSTER
Their journey may have been cut short about 115 miles north of Austin with a 5-2 loss to second-ranked Liberty Hill, but its hard to imagine a much more brilliant season than the one the Mineral Wells Lady Rams put together on the softball diamond in 2014.
With the best record in school history at 28-10, the Lady Rams followed a second-place District 6-3A finish with a second-straight area championship to tie their deepest playoff run ever and cement their place as arguably the single greatest team in Mineral Wells softball history.
From the moment their season began, they defied reason. Led by head coach David Tarver in the final season of an illustrious 18-year career, many scoffed at the Lady Rams' assertions that they could repeat their success from 2013.
Sure, the Lady Rams boasted playmakers such as senior and Weatherford College pledge Bethany Allen at shortstop – who was a monster in both halves of the frame – and a wildly talented, albeit young, pitching staff. But on paper, many felt the Lady Rams didn't pose much of a threat and had more to prove than they had reason to be feared.
People wanted proof and every time the Lady Rams took the field in 2014, they showed what they were capable of.
"A lot of people wrote us off this year and these girls came out here and proved them wrong," Tarver said. "They came out and showed what they were truly made of. The biggest thing they showed is what a team can do."
The Lady Rams' team chemistry was truly remarkable and proved to be one of their biggest weapons, particularly in tough games. They always picked each other up, and as a result, players emerged and created some of the most memorable moments in Mineral Wells atheletic history.