By CLINT FOSTER
FORT WORTH – One week removed from their first loss in District 6-3A this season, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams (21-6, 5-1) took out some frustration on the Castleberry Lady Lions, crushing two home runs and playing some small ball en route to a 12-2 victory at Castleberry's Camp Carter Baseball and Softball Complex, Friday night.
"The positive is it was a win," head coach David Tarver said after the game. "With anything, nothing's ever perfect and there are some things we get to go home and work on. We were hitting the ball hard and only gave up two runs. They were hitting the ball hard, too, and made us hustle around a few times, but that's a good thing."
With the exception of RBI singles from Victoria Huffman and Anaiz Mendoza and a myriad of timely walks, the bulk of the scoring offense was produced by two Lady Rams: Hope Patterson and Allie Stephens, both of whom went yard in the win.
Patterson, who crushed her second long ball in as many games during the first inning, was responsible for a team-leading five RBIs. She was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate, drawing two walks and improving her season batting average to .568 – good for second on the team behind Bethany Allen's .593 mark.
Friday's solo shot was Patterson's sixth homer of the season, making her the team-leader by a wide margin. Only two other Lady Rams have hit a ball out this season: Ashley Valdez and, after Friday, Stephens.
"Every time Hope steps up to the plate, it's always in the back of your mind that this one's got a chance to go out," Tarver said. "She's capable of doing it on any swing."