Then adversity struck.
Kennedale got on the board in the fourth on a fielder's choice and made the Rams sweat with a three-run fifth inning to cut Mineral Wells' lead to one in a 5-4 game.
It was in this inning that Mason took a spike to his thigh that caused him significant pain and Barrick said might require stitches. But, in true Curt Schilling fashion, the sophomore played through it.
"It hurts, I’ll tell you that much," Mason said with a laugh after the game. "I think I’ll just let it rest. It’s just one of those things. It happens. It’s a part of baseball: a great game."
Absolutely vital to the Rams' ability to close out the game with two scoreless innings and preserve the win was Allen, who threw 122 pitches in his complete-game victory.
With tears in his eyes after the win, Allen gave all of the credit to his brothers in the dugout.
"I just love my team," he said. "They’re always there for me, even when I’m down. If I’m down in the count and screwing up, they’re always there for me. They’ve got my back, no matter what. I just love them with all my heart.
"If we play like we did today, nobody can beat us."
Allen's mindset is certainly not unmerited. For the first time in a long time, the Rams can say, without a shred of doubt, that they are the class of District 6-3A. But the season's not over yet. Another road matchup against Castleberry looms on Friday after a break for testing.
Barrick said it is imperative that his team maintain their focus to close out the season as champions.