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April 25, 2014

FWIW: Five reasons Lady Rams will/won't go to state in 2014

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Of the three reserves, Airaca Graham has seen the most playing time, primarily on defense, where she has shown promise particularly at second base. 

Graham's plate appearances have been few and far between, posting a .111 batting average in 18 at bats.

Other reserves, Jenny Seigler and Kaitlyn Brock, have combined for just 20 plate appearances and usually see game time as courtesy runners.  Like Graham, they could be counted on in a pinch, but their lack of experience could be a weakness.

 

3. Youth: The Lady Rams only have two seniors on their roster: Bethany Allen and Anaiz Mendoza. The rest of the team is primarily junior-laden, but even so, one less year of experience can be detrimental in a late playoff scenario. 

 

4. Hitting slumps: The vast majority of the time, the Lady Rams are absolute offensive terrors capable of run-ruling most teams in three to four innings. But, like any team, their bats can slump and when the Lady Rams slump, they tend to slump as a team.

Such incidents have been rare this season, but the Lady Rams have found themselves in some battles – some of which turned into losses – when they couldn't get girls on base and moved around home.

Granted, most of these incidents came in games against very good opposing pitching, but nonetheless such a thing can end a playoff run.

 

5. Errors: The Lady Rams are by no means a team riddled by errors, but like any team, they do commit them and at times they have come in game-threatening bunches.

Mineral Wells has committed a total of 64 errors on the year, many of which were on fairly routine plays. 

It's all about focus, something Tarver constantly preaches. Errors cannot necessarily be anticipated – that's why they're errors – but so long as the Lady Rams can retain their focus, it becomes much less of a worry.

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