Hitting displays like this one are nothing new for the Rams, coach Brion Treadway said.
“I get to see that every day (in batting practice),” Treadway said. “We knew the second time through things were going to be a little different. We didn’t panic. Our bats just came alive. Our guys can hit.”
Rams starting pitcher Eric Rawlings had yet to give up an earned run when the mercy rule went into effect in the sixth inning. Rawlings’ poise after the Rams’ rocky start was impressive, Treadway said.
“That first inning was about as bad as it could start out for a team,” Treadway said. “I thought Eric handled that pressure extremely well. He’s been cool and calm all year.”
Set to make their second consecutive appearance in the state tournament, the Rams are beginning to build a culture of excellence on the diamond.
“It’s the most addicting feeling in the world, going up to the final four,” Treadway said. “Something I’ll never get tired of. It’s growing into an expectation in our program that kids want to put this uniform on and compete for a state title.”