By CLINT FOSTER
It was over shortly after it started.
The Mineral Wells Lady Rams (19-5, 3-0) annihilated the Diamond Hill-Jarvis Eagles, 15-0, in three innings, Friday evening at Kessler Field. Mineral Wells dominated every phase of their third District 6-3A contest of the season and gave themselves a solid warmup before league play gets ramped up a notch against rival Springtown, Tuesday.
"The only way to say it is it's nice to see us getting back to hitting the ball square," head coach David Tarver said after the brief game. "We were seeing it good, hitting it good. It was good to see their focus and attention. It was fun."
The Lady Rams had perfect nights at the plate as Bethany Allen, Hope Patterson and Allie Stephens each went 3-for-3 with a bushel of RBIs and extra base hits.
Patterson drove in four runs, including a towering three-run homer over the left field fence in the first inning to break out of her hitting slump in a big way.
Allen had two RBIs and three runs and was a home run away from a cycle, as the game ended before she had the chance to go yard. Despite posting a ridiculous .642 batting average so far this season, her first home run has been particularly elusive.
"It's coming," she joked after the game. "Hopefully."
Stephens' perfect night at the plate featured a triple, two RBIs and two runs. She was even more lethal on the mound, earning the shutout win to go along with seven strikeouts and only allowing one hit and a walk.
The direction of the game was clear right off the bat. After Stephens struck out each of Diamond Hill's first three hitters, the Lady Rams exploded with an 11-run inning in which eight of nine Lady Rams reached base at least once.