5. Opportunists: Like all good teams, the Lady Rams know how to make opponents pay for their mistakes.
Lady Rams have reached base on errors 62 times in 2014 and scored many more times off of errors.
Tarver preaches aggressiveness on the base paths, which has largely worked in Mineral Wells' favor. The Lady Rams have stolen 56 bases for a .903 stolen base percentage.
The Lady Rams have also batted well with runners in scoring position with a .369 team average. Softball is all about taking runs where you can get them and the Lady Rams generally get theirs.
FIVE REASONS LADY RAMS WON’T MAKE IT TO STATE
1. Tough opponents in late rounds: Although the Lady Rams have had success against teams they could likely see early in the tournament, the road gets considerably rougher and the opponents less familiar the deeper they go.
Two teams from the Texas Girls Coaches Association top 10 are in Mineral Wells' bracket: No. 9 Snyder and No. 3 Liberty Hill.
The Lady Rams wouldn't have a chance to run into Snyder until the regional semifinals, but Liberty Hill could provide a stiff test in the regional quarterfinals, one round earlier.
Mineral Wells was 1-4 against teams ranked in the TGCA top 30 prior to the playoffs, with their lone win coming against Iowa Park and losses to Iowa Park, Lubbock Cooper and twice to the District 6-3A champions and second-ranke team in the state: Kennedale.
2. Lack of depth: Although it didn't necessarily hurt them in the regular season, the Lady Rams do not have the deepest roster with just three bench players, which could be problematic down the stretch in the postseason.
Having just three reserves means Tarver not only has limited options for pinch-hitting situations, but also means the Lady Rams could be in trouble if, God forbid, any of their starters were to get injured.