By CLINT FOSTER
LAKE WORTH – It ain't a bad way to knock the rust off.
In their first game back from a six-day, spring break hiatus, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams (18-5) rolled over the Lake Worth Lady Frogs on the road, Tuesday night, with a 13-1 win in five innings to improve to 2-0 in District 6-3A play.
But like any great head coach, David Tarver didn't see a game without fault. Although he was happy to win, he said there were a few things his girls need to improve on before they get into one of the tougher parts of their schedule next week.
"I'm very pleased with a 13-1 win and going home 2-0 in district," he said. "Defensively, we were pretty sharp. But offensively, we weren't.
"(Bethany Allen) was hitting the ball pretty square tonight, but others were out in front of the ball a little bit. It's always hard to wait on a slow pitcher. It took us a little while to adjust and then those balls started turning into bloopers and ground balls through the infield.
"We didn't play on the top of our game, but we came away with a 13-1 win and you've got to be proud of that."
It may be time for March Madness, but it was not as if Lake Worth had a realistic upset bid. The Lady Rams jumped ahead quickly and didn't give the Lady Frogs much chance to breathe with their suffocating defense and pitching.
Senior Bethany Allen got things started, as she often does, with a leadoff triple followed by a trademark walk from outfielder Victoria Huffman out of the two-hole. Catcher Hope Patterson scored Allen on an RBI ground out and Huffman made it home before the final out thanks to a planned rundown executed by Allie Stephens after a walk.