GLEN ROSE – When a team hangs a few crooked numbers on the scoreboard, while not allowing one to be hung on them, there is probably a mathematical formula that will equate the scenario into an astronomically high winning percentage. Glen Rose had three such instances Tuesday evening, while visiting Millsap managed just a single run in the fourth and fifth innings of the 12-2 Tiger win.
The win was the third during play in 11-3A for Camron Rush. It was also the second for the Tigers in walk-off fashion – only this time a little less dramatic for obvious reasons.
Tyler Torres reached base to lead off the sixth inning courtesy of a dropped third strike. The speedy second baseman then moved to second on a ground ball by Dylan Hammond to first base and to third on a ball hit on the ground to the Millsap short stop off of the bat of Drayton Williams.
A short mound visit by the Bulldog skipper to realign his defense went for naught when the next pitch hit the dirt, rolled to the backstop and allowed Torres a free swipe of home to induce the 10-run rule, walk-off win.
The sequence was a perfect example of what second-year Glen Rose Head Coach James Evans credited a portion of the win to – exploiting Millsap gaffes. But the other half, according to Evans, was an adjustment between the ears.
“We played a great game all the way through,” Evans said. “We took advantage of every one of their mistakes and capitalized on them. We played with a lot of passion and a lot of heart and that is the way you are supposed to play the game of baseball.”
“We were more disciplined at the plate and that led to more walks and came up with some clutch hits with runners in scoring position, too,” Evans continued. “We did a great job of moving the runners over to set up those scoring opportunities. We made some adjustments as a coaching staff, but this was more about attitude and effort, and those are things that we can control.”
Take the bottom of the first inning as case-in-point No. 2.
Glen Rose plated two runs – Torres and Hammond for each of their first of three runs scored on the evening – while not recording a hit. In fact, the only ball put into the field of play was groundout to second base by shortstop Layne McAnear that ended the inning.
Two four-pitch walks, two stolen bases, a passed ball and a throwing error all added up to two Glen Rose runs for a 2-0 lead through one-full inning.
Rush worked an efficient six innings en route to his first complete-game victory on the season. The junior scattered five hits during the 95-pitch outing, with four strikeouts and four walks. The Bulldogs touched the righty up for two hits and a walk in the fourth and fifth innings. Millsap scored a run in each of the two innings.
“Camron did another good job tonight. They had a couple runners on base a few times, bases loaded a few times, but he worked his way out of it with confidence. He did a great job.”
Rush and Williams each roped a double, drew a walk and scored two runs, while Gage Costello scored the other run for the Tigers after a leadoff infield single in the fourth inning.
Glen Rose will begin to wrap up the first half of 11-3A with a Friday road game against Rio Vista before Tuesday’s home contest with Keene. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first pitch.