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April 18, 2014

Safe, but not home yet

Mineral Wells' baseball team walks, plays by faith

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"We struggle daily and some of us go down," Ortiz said. "As a team, whether we're older or younger, stronger or faster, we have that ability to pick each other up with Christ when we get down on ourselves. Every day's a learning experience and a new day with Christ."

The Rams' faith as a team is personified by a symbol they carry with them to every game, home or away. 

Outside of the Rams' dugout hangs a wooden cross, adorned with baseballs and a description that reads: "Everyone commits errors, bit His sacrifice will bring you home."

In just its second season of service, the cross made by Sal Martinez – father of former Mineral Wells center fielder Brandon Martinez – and Gary Lee has already become an irreplaceable staple of Mineral Wells baseball.

"Last year, we had a case of the errors, bad," Barrick said. "Sal made that cross as a little way for us to remember that we're all going to make errors. We just have to go out there and play as hard as we can for the glory of God. 

"Kids can beat themselves up with errors. Our kids are harder on themselves than I am. It's just one of those things where you stick it over there and the kids feel like if we don't have it, they won't play very well."

"Brandon was in the hospital for a long time and Robin had been in the hospital for a long time," Mason said. "The cross was just something to keep us hopeful and show that God's there. It's something that we've just held on to, because we realized that it was a big deal."

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