Tarver said the rocky third was the result of Stephens stepping outside her comfort zone, at his behest, and throwing pitches that she usually doesn't rely on.
"We threw a lot of changeups and some more drop balls," he said. "Her bread-and-butter-pitch is her screwball. We work batters hard with that inside pitch, so they start expecting it and then we throw curveballs outside. Then we get them behind in the count and throw risers. The pitches that we throw very little of are our changeups and drop balls. We hardly ever throw fastballs.
"The last couple innings, we threw mostly drop balls and changeups. When you get in a game and a batter's all over a pitch, it's good to know if you can come back with a 3-2 changeup or not. We use games like tonight to find out those types of things."
Many Lady Rams had great nights at the plate. Eliminating any doubt that she was, indeed, out of her hitting slump, Allen was a perfect 4-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Center fielder Tabby Santibanez also had a breakout, perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored out of the nine hole. It was her first four-RBI performance of the season and only the second time this year she had bat 1.000 – the first time was against Holiday, March 1.
Also perfect at the plate was Hope Patterson. The third baseman was 2-for-2 with two sacrifice flies, three RBIs and two runs.
First baseman Kelsey Keeton continued to hit for power, finishing 2-for-3 with a double that almost cleared the outfield fence, an RBI and two runs.
Awaiting the second-place Lady Rams in District 6-3A play are their final two games of the season against third-place Springtown and first-place Kennedale.