Glen Rose hit the road on Tuesday night to battle Hillsboro for the district title, and the red team gave itself a chance with a tie game through four.
Unfortunately, Hillsboro struck for two runs in the fifth to beat Glen Rose (14-8-1, 6-2) by a 4-2 margin. Hillsboro finished with more hits (7-6) and errors (3-2).
“If we hold that lead in Stephenville we’d have another shot at Hillsboro later this week, but we can’t make excuses,” said coach Kiel Miller. “It’s playoff time and we have to perform better. This was a good game to watch though, and the girls played hard.”
The two runs matched a season low.
“We just had an off-night swinging the bat,” Miller said. “I think we were trying too hard on several occasions and swung at some bad pitches, but the umpire was inconsistent and that didn’t help. They made a pitching change and it worked out, as we got under the ball often.”
Freshmen Page Green (triple, single) and Hannah Morales (single, RBI) led the offense.
“Page has been playing good ball for most of the year, and when she’s up, she’s really up,” Miller said. “She has pulled through as a freshman.”
Other hitters were Destiny Ponce (single), Madison Calvert (single) and Amber Ponce (single).
Calvert (7 IP, 4 R – 2 ER, 7 H, 2 W, HBP, 6 K) went the distance in the circle.
“Madison pitched pretty well,” Miller said. “They played a bunch of small ball on us and a number of their singles were bunts where they outran the throw.”
Hillsboro led 2-0 after one inning, but Glen Rose battled back with one in the third and one in the fourth (2-2).
“We were a little nervous to start, and then I thought that run in the third broke the ice,” Miller said. “It was a battle the rest of the way.”
The Lady Tigers can now turn their attention toward the postseason, as they will face Brownwood late next week.