Yet another incident that has further bound this team together, building on their faith, was the unexpected death of beloved community member Robin Allen, last September. For Allen – mother of Mineral Wells' sophomore catcher Braxton Allen – the Rams were an "R.A." stitched on the side of their baseball caps.
James 1:2-4 says: "Consider it pure joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Like gold that is tested in fire, the Rams have used the tragedy of Allen's death to mature and grow with Christ and each other, just as the epistle teaches.
"We play for two people: God and Robin Allen," the youngest Allen said. "She raised me to have faith and let God do what He's got to do to you. He's got a plan for each and every one of us.
"This team this year has changed me a lot. We look to God because He's got His hands on us. If we have faith in each other, we're unstoppable."
It's challenges like the death of a loved one that can bring out the best in a family or a team. Just like in the game of baseball, it's how one responds to adversity that often defines them.
In the case of a Christian, that can mean leaning not on your own understanding and handing over your struggles and fears to the Lord.
For the Rams, the game of baseball provides the perfect training ground for life. An unpredictable journey, fraught with challenges, that would be impossible without a support system around you.