GRANDVIEW – After a two-game district skid, Glen Rose got back into the win column Friday with a 10-4 road win over the Grandview Zebras. The win did two very important things for second-year Glen Rose Head Coach James Evans and company.
The Glen Rose ballclub moved back into a three-way tie with Peaster and Grandview for third place in 11-3A. It also moved the Tigers one-game back of second place Hillsboro (8-11, 7-3 in 11-3A) with a rematch against the Eagles up next on the district slate.
The Tigers pounced early and often on Zebra starting pitcher, Tyler Rosser. The senior hurler labored through two and a third innings of work before a Layne McAnear tripled forced Grandview Head Coach Ryan Ebner to make a call to the bullpen.
Rosser, who received the loss, surrendered five runs on six hits and struck out one.
For McAnear, the second-inning triple was his first three-bagger of the season. It was also his second of his two extra base hits on the evening. The senior finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs (15) and three runs scored (9) to raise his batting average to .341 – the highest since it dropped from .368 after the March 15 loss to Peaster.
But it was his first-inning single that produced the early Tiger momentum.
Tyler Torres picked his team-high 20th base hit and was followed three pitches later by a Dylan Hammond single to left field. With two runners already on base, Drayton Williams was plunked for the first this season to load the bases for McAnear.
McAnear’s single to center field scored Torres and Hammond, and also ran his season-high hit streak to a modest five games.
Two batters later, it was lefty Devin Crawford who went to the opposite-field gap for a two-run double for the first of his 3-for-4 and three-RBI day. Crawford added a single with a run scored in the third inning and double in the fourth to cap his first multi-hit game of the season.
The bottom half of the Glen Rose order, which has struggled to produce with the bats for most of the season, came through in a big way during the crucial road win. Gus Stoner, Crawford, Gage Costello and Codey Barker combined to score four of the five Tiger runs in the top of the fourth inning to give McAnear the comfortable lead he needed to put the game away.
Stoner, Costello and Barker – the No. 6, 8 and 9 hitters in the Glen Rose lineup – finished a combined 4-for-12 at the plate with three RBIs. The three entered with just nine-total RBIs in the previous 16 games.
Camron Rush got the start on the bump for the second-straight game. The junior also turned in his second-straight rough outing.
Rush was pulled with two outs in the second inning after he surrendered four runs – two earned – on three hits and three walks. Since his return from a midseason-finger injury, the righty has allowed nine runs on five hits and eight walks. Rush has also not recorded a strikeout in those 3.2 IP post-tape.
However, McAnear was plenty effective in relief.
His unorthodox delivery from the right side of the rubber continually kept Zebra hitters off balance during his 5.1 IP. McAnear racked up five strikeouts, allowed one hit, issued one walk and did not surrender a run in relief. He also needed just 54 pitches to do so.
The outing helped lower his season ERA two full points to a much more manageable, 4.32.
(11-6, 6-4) Glen Rose will look to repeat the offensive success found on Friday at home Tuesday against Hillsboro with a first pitch set for 7 p.m.