Tiger baseball led visiting Alvarado nearly the whole way on Friday, but Glen Rose left the door open just wide enough for the Indians to step through.
The Tigers (10-9, 4-2) led 4-1 after five only to see Alvarado capitalize on walks and errors to grab a 5-4 victory. Alvarado finished with more hits (8-7) and fewer errors (2-4).
“They got the key base hits (Friday) and we didn’t,” said coach Kenny Toney. “It wasn’t the Tigers’ night.”
Hayden Holder provided the offensive highlight for Glen Rose with a two-run homer in the first inning.
“Hayden hit that one very well and got us off to a great start,” Toney said.
Other hitters included Hayden Bach (2 singles), Cody Burtscher (single, RBI), Curry Mapes (double), Taylor Hansen (single) and Preston Shuffield (single).
“Curry led off the fourth with a double and then Cody came up with that base hit to put us up 3-1,” Toney said. “It was a big play at the time.”
Pitchers included Hansen (5 IP, R – ER, 4 H, 3 K), Holder (2/3 IP, 3 R – 0 ER, H, 4 W) and Bach (1 1/3 IP, R – 0 ER, 3 H, 2 K).
“Taylor threw a good game,” Toney said. “He just started running out of gas right there in the sixth.”
Hansen left the mound after throwing just a couple of pitches in the sixth, and then Alvarado made its push to tie the score at 4-4 via four walks and two hits.
In the seventh, Alvarado used a triple and a throwing error to finalize the score (5-4). Glen Rose had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but the Indians held their ground.
“We have to be talking in the field,” Toney said of the triple and ensuing error. “There’s no way we were going to get him out, even with a good throw. Up until (Friday) we’d played good defense; it just wasn’t our night.”
The Tigers will host Venus on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
“We just have to regroup and get after Venus (Saturday),” Toney said. “We can’t dwell on this one.”