The brightest spot for the Lady Rams was the first inning. After Victoria Huffman reached first on a walk, Hope Patterson blasted a two-run homer over the right field fence to put Mineral Wells up, 2-0, early.
It was the fifth time for Patterson to go yard this season and, finishing 2-for-3 on the day, it helped bring her batting average up to .557 – good for second on the team behind Bethany Allen's staggering .614 mark.
The top of the first would be the only time Mineral Wells would lead, as Kennedale rattled off a three-run bottom of the first and three more runs throughout the ensuing four frames while holding the Lady Rams scoreless.
As painful as the loss was for a squad with high expectations, the Lady Rams are down, but not out by any stretch of the imagination.
Now, sitting at second place in District 6-3A, the Lady Rams will get a day off for testing before they prepare for a road trip to Fort Worth to face Castleberry, whom the Lady Rams crushed, 16-2, to open their district slate earlier this month.
Tarver said the focus for the rest of the season is clear:
"If we take care of the other four teams in district, we’ll come back and play (Kennedale) for a district championship on our field," he said. "Be ready for it."
First pitch of the Castleberry game is set for 7:30 p.m., April 4, in Fort Worth.