As they often do, the Lady Rams started fast, racking up five runs in the game's opening frame thanks to singles from Bethany Allen, Victoria Huffman, Keeton and Stephens and some aggressive base running.
Also, in the top of the first inning, Mineral Wells retired the side on a play they had failed to successfully execute twice in the past. With runners at first and third and two outs, catcher Hope Patterson rocketed the ball to second to catch a runner stealing and end the half inning. Tarver said he was pleased to see the progress in that situation.
"We'll keep plugging on those situations when we get opportunities," he said. "Tonight it paid off big, shutting that down right off the bat in the first inning. It kind of quelled (Springtown's) confidence a little bit."
The Lady Rams continued to play strong in both halves of each inning, highlighted by a three-run fourth and solid defensive plays, including double plays to end the top of the third and fourth frames.
The first double play came on a heads up play by Addison Singleton in left field, who caught a fly ball for the second out and had the presence of mind to then pick off the runner at first. The second was a 1-6-3 double play on a second-chance opportunity for Allen, who's throw on the previous double play attempt was just off-target.
Keeton had a superlative game on offense in addition to pitching a one-hit seventh. She was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and two runs. Patterson also performed well at the plate, walking three times before she made Springtown pay for putting the ball in her wheelhouse with a triple in the fifth inning.