After an emotional district win over Stephenville on Friday, the Lady Tigers enjoyed a roller coaster non-district victory on Saturday afternoon.
Glen Rose (12-7-1) used a trio of three-run innings to edge visiting Springtown 10-9 in eight innings for its fifth-straight win. Each team had 17 hits and Springtown made more errors (6-4).
“It was a wild ballgame,” said coach Kiel Miller. “We struggled at the plate early to trail 3-0 and then woke up with three in each of the next two innings. Each team took several leads in this one; I guess we wanted to make it exciting.”
Miller recalled how his squad scored the winning run in the eighth.
“Page (Green) singled to open the inning, we bunted her to second and she headed to third with nobody covering,” he said. “She got caught in a rundown between second and third, worked her way out of it to reach third safely and then two batters later Destiny (Lewis) punched one up the middle for the walk-off single.”
Madison Calvert (6 2/3 IP, 4 R – 2 ER, 13 H, 2 W, 4 K) pitched four innings, gave way to Hannah Morales (1 1/3 IP, 5 R – 5 ER, 4 H, K) and then returned in the sixth.
“Springtown wasn’t a bad hitting team,” Miller said. “Madison pitched a good game. We made some errors behind her, and part of that may have been trying to get some different girls more playing time, which shook things up. Hannah hadn’t pitched in several weeks and was rusty, so they hit her pretty well.”
Top hitters for the Lady Tigers were Green (4 singles, 2 RBIs), Calvert (double, 2 singles), Destiny Ponce (double, single, 2 RBIs) and Lewis (2 singles, 2 RBIs). Green scored a team-high three runs.
“I was really impressed and proud of our freshmen (Saturday),” Miller said. “In the eighth, Page became only our third leadoff hitter to get on base and then she did a great job to work out of the rundown. Then Destiny, another freshman, hits the winning single. Destiny also made a diving catch of a little dink pop fly on the third base line with the bases loaded and one out to save at least one run in the fifth.
“I think Destiny (Ponce) is starting to get back in the swing of things offensively. It was really nice to see her get that double. Madison’s pitch count got up there, but I wanted to win the ballgame and so she stayed in the game.”
Other hitters were Sydney Stegint (2 singles), Alex Dahl (single), Amber Ponce (single), Kelsy Massey (single) and Cheyenne Harton (single).
“I have all the confidence in the world with Sydney hitting the ball,” Miller said. “I wanted her to see some pitches and she did a great job.”
The Lady Tigers will now travel to Alvarado on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“We’re just looking to keep on trucking, but we have to show up and play ball,” the coach said.