BROCK – Glen Rose defeated Peaster, 7-4, in the first game of the 11-3A seeding tournament held Saturday, April 30 on the neutral field in Brock, but then fell 11-4 in game two to Grandview. The loss was the first in seven tries for the Tigers and their first to the Zebras this season.
“Overall today, this was good for us and we needed it,” Glen Rose Head Coach James Evans said. “I think it’s better than any warm-up game that we could have played, because something actually is on the line. I thought the kids got out and competed well. We got a lot out of today.”
The 1-1 day also locked the Tigers into the No. 3 seed in 11-3A. (16-7) Glen Rose will square off with (16-8-2) Palmer from 12-3A in the opening round of the UIL 3A State Baseball Playoffs. The Bulldogs dropped their seeding game Saturday evening, 11-1, against Sunnyvale to finish second in the district standings.
The Tigers and Bulldogs will begin their three-game series Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Game two will begin Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. and game three, if needed, will start thirty minutes after the conclusion of game two. All three games will be played at North Crowley High School.
It may have been the first time Glen Rose has not been the recipient of a base on balls since its 10-4 win April 15 over Grandview. But a free pass was the catalyst for the seven-run sixth inning of the eventual 7-4 Tiger win over the Greyhounds of Peaster in game one of the 11-3A seeding tournament.
Up in the count with two balls and one strike, Tiger center fielder, Dylan Hammond fouled an inside fastball off of his left shin in almost the exact same place he did during Wednesday’s win over Rio Vista. The senior was hobbled and exited the game after attention from the trainer.
That was when Brazos Overton had his number called with one out in the top of the sixth inning, Gus Stoner standing on first and the Tigers facing a No. 4 seed while in a 4-0 hole.
Overton took a heater to the infield side of his helmet to put runners at first and second. The free pass set the table for 12 Tigers to take their turn in the batter’s box during the marathon inning. Five hits resulted in five earned runs and two infield errors netted the Tigers two unearned runs to cap the seven-run lead swing.
“We swung the bats well the whole game, but we just kept hitting it right to them,” Evans said. “Then there at the end we started having some things go our way. They really played their tails off. They could have very easily folded, but they showed a lot of heart to come back. I’m proud of the guys for this game. It was a big win and helps you avoid playing the first place team [in 11-3A].”
Devin Crawford (6-2, 2.00 ERA), the game’s starting pitcher, went back out for his seventh inning of work with his sights set on a third complete-game win. The senior lefty got the first two Greyhounds to groundout, but two consecutive walks forced Evans to make a move to the Tiger closer, Layne McAnear.
McAnear needed four pitches to induce a ground ball that Camron Rush easily handled at shortstop for the final out of the 7-4 come-from-behind win in the opening game of the 11-3A seeding tournament.
The one-out save was the third of the season for McAnear. It was also the sixth-straight win for the Tigers.
There were only three runs earned by the Zebras in the 11-4 victory of Glen Rose in the second and final game of the 11-3A seeding tournament.
“It was just bad. I don’t think they had many earned runs until the seventh inning,” Evans said. “We will have to do a better job of cutting down on the mental mistakes and giving free passes next weekend.”
Camron Rush (5-3, 2.03 ERA) started on the mound for the Tigers and was pulled after two-plus innings of work. The junior walked four and struck out one. The theme of his outing – and game two of the tournament in general – was unearned runs. Four of the unearned runs scored via passed balls.
The Tigers scored four runs on four hits, while the Zebras collected 11 hits – which included seven straight in their five-run top of the seventh inning – and struck out just twice.
Devin Crawford picked up three more RBIs to cap his 4-RBI day. He now has 14 RBIs on the year and, after flirting with the Mendoza line for the last 12 games, has raised his batting average 72 points (.237) since going 0-for-5 against Rio Vista on April 1.This is also the highest his average has been since going 1-for-3 on March 15 against Peaster.