For Stephens, her fourth-inning bomb was not only her first of the season, but the first of her entire career. It was truly a special moment as she watched the ball fly that would put the Lady Rams up, 11-2.
When the ball passed the outfield wall, she threw her arms up in the air in triumph on her way to first as an elated Mineral Wells dugout jumped and yelled for joy as they raced to home plate to meet her.
"It was pretty crazy," Stephens said with a big smile. "I don't hit home runs. I told my dad yesterday I wasn't going to, ever. So, it was pretty cool."
"It was exciting," Tarver said. "Coach (Taylor) Reid told me in the dugout when (Stephens) was running to first base she was tearing up a little bit. As soon as she saw it go out, I saw her reaction and when she came around to third, I said, 'That was your first one?' and she said, 'Yep,' all smiles.
"It's one of those great things in life. You play sports and sports are fun and give you memories for a lifetime. That's a memory right there that everybody here got to partake in. She's a junior now, she's been playing her whole life and just hit her first home run of her career. It's fun to be a part of that stuff."
Stephens also turned in a solid start at pitcher for the Lady Rams, tossing three innings with three hits, two runs (one earned), a home run, a walk, and six strikeouts. She said her fastball was working particularly well and that the Lady Lions were chasing her risers.
Sophomore Kelsey Keeton would close out the game with two scoreless frames, allowing three hits and throwing three strikeouts.