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April 24, 2014

Lady Rams rally to beat emotional Graham squad, 10-7

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Allie Stephens, who pitched the first four innings of the game, led off the sixth with a single, followed by base hits from Addison Singleton and Anaiz Mendoza – who brought Stephens home – and a walk from Tabby Santibanez. 

Bethany Allen drove home two more runs with another single and was able to score herself, along with Santibanez, on Victoria Huffman's ensuing sacrifice.

The cherry on top of the inning was a solo shot from Hope Patterson that careened over the center field wall to put the Lady Rams up comfortably, 10-6. It was Patterson's seventh home run of the season and quite aptly timed.

Sophomore Kelsey Keeton got credit for the win, pitching the final three innings in relief and allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits and a strikeout.

The Lady Rams will travel to Graham, Friday, for the final two games of the series with first pitch of the first game set for 5 p.m.

Tarver said he expects the same level of emotion and drive from the Lady Blues that Mineral Wells witnessed in game one. 

"Life is full of tragedy and loss," he said. "We don't enjoy that, but we have to understand, growing up, how to handle it and how to take the big picture, care for people and love people and still go about your every day life. 

"I've warned them all week long that [Graham] would play with so much emotion and we'd have to weather that storm. You saw it tonight. Their fans and their dugout  were alive tonight. They were at the top of their game and cheering. Every positive thing that happened lifted them up even more. They're playing for a cause and that's dangerous. Fortunately, we were able to weather that storm tonight. 

"We've got a tough row to hoe going into tomorrow. It's not going to be given to us."

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