By CLINT FOSTER
While the rest of Mineral Wells ISD was relaxing on spring break, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams were going to work. In their District 6-3A opener, Tuesday night, at Kessler Field, the Lady Rams demolished the rival Castleberry Lady Lions, 16-2, in just four-and-a-half innings, bringing their season record to a glowing 17-5.
"It's always nice to start out with a win," head coach David Tarver said with a smile.
It's also nice to start out the most important part of your schedule with a dominant win over a rival.
Unlike recent routs, Tuesday's blowout started out a bit rocky for the Lady Rams. Castleberry jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first frame after junior pitcher Allie Stephens hit her second batter and surrendered back-to-back doubles.
But that would be the Lady Lions' first and last offensive outburst, as Stephens settled into a groove and never faced more than four batters in an inning for the rest of the game.
Senior Bethany Allen got the scoring going in the bottom of the first with a single and some fleet-footed base running on multiple errors that brought her home.
Down 2-1, the Lady Rams posted a 1-2-3 top of the second and broke the game open with a seven-run inning.
Addison Singleton got things started with a walk, followed by an Anaiz Mendoza single and a fielding error that put Tabby Santibanez on base and scored Singleton. Allen delivered again with a base clearing double and, after an RBI single from Victoria Huffman, the Lady Rams had scored four runs before their first out.
After two more singles and three-straight walks, the Lady Rams had built an 8-2 lead and batted around their order for the first of two times in the game.