KEENE – It is no secret and there is no need to beat around any bush, the Lady Tigers need all of the wins they can get and a little help to escape 11-3A with a playoff spot.
Following Friday’s loss in Rio Vista, Glen Rose stayed patient, very patient, at the plate Tuesday in Keene and hopped back onto the bus as 17-1 winners. Glen Rose was issued 11 free passes and had five for batters plunked, while collecting seven hits and one strikeout.
Glen Rose swept the season series 43-9 after winning the first game March 11 in Glen Rose, 26-8.
Inside the circle, freshman Courtney Morris held the Lady Charger batters in check. She allowed two hits, no walks and struck out five of the 13 batters she faced. The right-handed hurler needed 44 pitches to complete her three innings of work.
Madi Gibson’s two-run single was followed by an RBI groundout off the bat of Kensy Massey and a RBI single by Gwyn Boyd to blow the game open early in the first inning.
Boyd finished the day with a team-high three hits. Boyd, Gibson and Sabrina Watson all finished with three RBI, while Tatum Stegint and Massey added the other two earned runs.
All 10 Lady Tigers who stepped into the batter’s box scored at least one run.
(10-14, 4-5) Glen Rose will now enter into a four-game stretch against four teams ranked in the top-25 by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. A second run through the gauntlet of 11-3A is not necessarily an impossible task, according to Glen Rose Head Coach Kiel Miller, because the Lady Tigers were in each and every one of the four games during the first time through.
“It was a tough stretch, but, really, when you look at it, if you take away three or four innings we were in each one of those ballgames,” Miller said. “We went in a little shorthanded into Hillsboro and it was a slugfest between us. Peaster was a back and forth affair, we hung with Brock until the big fifth inning, and we hung with Grandview. We are capable of doing it, we just have to be a little more consistent and eliminate the big innings in order to sneak up on someone and beat them.”
The Lady Tigers will begin with the quest for the playoff Friday, April 8 against No. 17 Peaster. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. in Peaster.