Coach Kenny Toney has led the Glen Rose Tigers to a second place finish in District 12-3A and an appearance in the 2008 UIL high school baseball playoffs.
The Tigers (15-11, 7-3) will hit the field on Friday to take on Ranchview Carrollton (12-11, 6-4) in Burleson at 7:30 p.m. for game 1 of the three game 3A Region II bi-district series. The second game will also be in Burleson at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and will be followed by game three, if necessary.
Derek Thompson expects to take the mound for the opening game. Thompson has thrown 47 innings for the Tigers this season, maintaining a 1.04 ERA and striking out 65.
“I need him to go out there with confidence, and throw the ball like he is capable of throwing it,” said Toney. “He’s been a good pitcher for us. I used him a lot in relief last year, more or less as a closer. He’s a competitor. I need him to stay focused, but most important, I need our guys to back him up offensively and defensively.”
Dylan Mobly will be responsible for game two. Mobly has been equally as impressive, throwing 48.2 innings with a 2.59 ERA and 70 strikeouts. Remy Robertson will take the bump if game three is required.
Josh Teague will be the battery mate for the Tigers pitching staff. Teague is atop the Tigers' leaders in batting average at .392. He has nine doubles and two homeruns. Mobly leads with the team with a .397 average.
“We have different people step up at different times,” said Toney. “We have seven of our nine-hole guy hitting .350 or better. Our team needs everybody to put the ball in play. If we go up there with confidence at the plate, knowing that we can hit the pitcher, then we can play as long as we want to play.”
A lack of offense has seemed to be a trend in Tiger losses. Glen Rose is 1-10 this season when scoring three runs or fewer.
Defense will be very key in this one. Teague will be looked to, largely, to give leadership from behind the plate.
“I look at the catcher as the quarterback of the team,” said Toney. “But, he’ll get a lot of help from (Joe) Betsill, the shortstop. Communication on the field has been something we have lacked in the past. Joe has taken charge of that, as well as Josh behind the plate.”
Glen Rose is riding a three game winning streak to finish the regular season, and will try to slow down the solid hitting team from Carrollton.
Ranchview is 10-3 this season when putting up at least seven runs, and scored in double digits six times this season.