"It's an uphill battle when you don't get off to the start you need to," Ladd said. "We did a good job of getting ourselves back into it, but that doesn't give you much solace at this point."
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"I think the biggest factor, honestly, has been Jaro - Jaro's been a rock back there for us," Ladd said.
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