Last Thursday night was an absolute slugfest, but the Glen Rose Lady Tigers’ bats were a little hotter than those of Venus.
Two runs in the top of the ninth inning gave Glen Rose a 10-8 District 8-4A softball victory over Venus on the road.
Lauren Forkner drove in three runs for Glen Rose and Sydney Lozier had two RBI, while Courtney Morris was 5-of-6 at the plate.
The teams combined for 41 hits in all, but 25 of those were off the bats of the Lady Tigers. That offensive outpouring helped Glen Rose improve to 4-6 in district play and 9-12 overall.
Also for Glen Rose, Courtney Morris and Camryn Miller had one RBI each. Alexis Drugan and Forkner notched three hits apiece. Jaylan Evans doubled for Glen Rose, as did Drugan, Morris, Forkner and Lozier.
Morris went the distance pitching to gain the victory and raise her season record to 6-8. She struck out six, walked two and allowed 16 hits.
The teams were tied at 6-all, forcing extra innings.
The Lady Tigers’s ninth-inning rally put them on top by four runs, but Venus managed to make it interesting again with two runs in the bottom of the ninth before Morris recorded the final out.
In the Glen Rose ninth, Morris singled and Evans was hit by a pitch. Lozier’s second double scored Morris. Forkner then bunted and Evans scored. Tatum Stegint and Miller then laid down bunt singles and Venus also had a couple of passed balls in the mix.
“We hit the ball well, but still didn’t hit the ball with runners in scoring position to generate the runs early,” GRHS softball coach Kiel Miller said. “It’s good to see the bats coming around.”
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play Tuesday at Alvarado in their next-to-last district game, but rain forced that matchup to be postponed until Wednesday night, which was after press time for this week’s paper.
The Lady Tigers will be closing out the regular season at home April 21 against Midlothian Heritage with Parent Night (varsity at 7 p.m., JV at 5 p.m.).