Sophomore Kelsey Keeton and junior Allie Stephens formed a pitching duo that was virtually un-hittable at times. Keeton's style of pounding the strike zone and Stephens' deception complemented each other so well – to the tune of a combined 231 strikeouts – that Tarver frequently used both as a change of pace in games that resulted in many wins.
Players like Addison Singleton and Anaiz Mendoza proved themselves to be versatile pieces that could contribute at multiple positions and do so well. And Victoria Huffman and Tabby Santibanez turned out to not only be solid defensive outfielders, but very real threats at the plate, particularly late in the season.
But perhaps no player wowed quite like junior slugger Hope Patterson. When her older sister, Reagan, graduated after the 2013 season, it left a hole at catcher for which the Lady Rams had no clear answer as a replacement.
But Patterson not only took over the role of catcher, she owned it, proving to be a fantastic defensive leader and a devastating offensive force in the three-hole with a team-high eight home runs.
She delivered the marquee performance that will forever be remembered as the highlight of an already remarkable season.
In game three of a best-of-three series against District 7-3A champion Glen Rose in the second round of the playoffs on a hot afternoon, Patterson stepped up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 2-2 ball game.
With Allen representing the go-ahead run at third base, all the Lady Rams needed was a base hit to secure back-to-back area championships. But Patterson crushed the first pitch she saw and sent her eighth homer of the season high over the left-field wall for a walkoff victory in dramatic fashion.