BURLESON – Glen Rose pitching dominated Carrollton Ranchview in last weekend’s Class 3A Region II bi-district playoff series, as the Tigers swept the Wolves two games to none to continue their 2008 playoff run.
Glen Rose will face Frisco Wakeland in the second round, with games scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight and Friday and if necessary 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Colleyville Heritage.
Tigers 12, Ranchview 1
Between the pitching gem by Derek Thompson and the fielding miscues by the opposition, Glen Rose had no problems disposing of Ranchview in the opener on Friday.
Thompson had a few issues with the first two batters of the game, giving up a triple and a hard hit sacrifice fly to right field, but settled down quickly.
“I started off throwing my fastball a little too high,” said Thompson. “They were able to catch up to it. But as the game went on, I got it down a little bit and that helped out.”
Ranchview was no match for the Tiger ace the rest of the way. Thompson pitched all seven innings, while allowing only three hits. He also walked two batters and struck out eight.
Thompson also went 2-5 at the plate with a single and a double.
The sticks were dormant for the first three innings, as Glen Rose left 6 batters on base without scoring.
“We’ll have to hit from innings one through seven,” said Coach Kenny Toney. “It’s like I’ve told the guys all year, when we hit the ball, we are tough to beat.”
The Tigers got on the board when Joe Betsill drove in two on a single in the fourth inning.
The Tigers had their fair share of hard hits, but Ranchview certainly helped out. The Wolves committed eight errors in the contest. The final error of the night allowed the final run to score for Glen Rose when the catcher sent a pickoff attempt into right field. Ty Taylor came in from third on the botched throw.
Josh Teague went 2-4 in the game with a couple of singles and was hit by a pitch. Trent Manning drove in a run on a sacrifice squeeze, which he beat out for a hit. Manning finished 1-2 with a stolen base, and was hit by a pitch twice.
Tigers 9, Ranchview 3
With the assistance of seven Ranchview errors, Glen Rose was able to polish off the Wolves in game two on Saturday.
The Tigers got the sticks working early, tacking four runs on the board in the first two innings.
The scoring began on a first inning RBI double by Dylan Mobly.
In the second, Taylor scored when the Wolves made an errant throw trying to get Manning at first base. Betsill added two more with a two RBI single to right field.
Betsill finished 2-4 with two RBI, while Teague went 2-3 with a walk and two RBI of his own.
That was enough for Glen Rose. The pitching duo of Mobly and Tyler Douglas shut down the Ranchview batters.
Mobly pitched five and a third innings, giving up seven hits and striking out five. All three Ranchview runs were charged to Mobly.
It looked like Ranchview was going to have a big inning in the third, but Mobly pitched out of a bases loaded jam to keep the Wolves in check.
“He (Mobly) struggled a little bit,” said Toney. “He didn’t look to be his usual self, but he got himself into some jams and he got himself out. He made the pitches when he needed to and I couldn’t ask for much more. There at the end, he was at 100 pitches and I could tell he was getting tired.”
Douglas came on and pitched the rest of the way, striking out one and allowing only one hit.