The JV Lady Tigers got off to a fast start on Friday night and visiting Venus could never recover.
Most of the team’s games come down to errors and walks, so coach Carrie Lytle hammers home the importance of trying to stay sharp.
“I stress to the girls to focus on one thing at a time,” she said. “A lot of times we want to rush and make the throw before (securing) the catch, which can get you into trouble.”
Glen Rose moved to 14-7 with the win and 5-2 in district. With one game left, the Lady Tigers are a lock to finish second in district.
As for Friday’s game, Bryse Brownen struck out four in her two innings of work with Glen Rose leading 10-2. Dakotah Ponce came on in relief and fanned two in her two innings. Ponce also snagged a line drive to turn an inning-ending double play in the fourth.
“Bryse pitched well in this one after doing really well in Alvarado,” Lytle said. “She was able to pick up where she left off. Dakotah did a good job. She fought back when she got into trouble and kept a smile on her face; that mental toughness is important.”
Brownen (single, RBI fielder’s choice) and Ashlyn Reynolds (RBI single) led the offense.
“Bryse is just consistent and, although we were bunting more (Friday), I wanted to let her hit,” Lytle said. “Ashlyn had two strikes on her after she’d tried to bunt, so to then swing away and get the hit was great.”
Nicole Rogers and Anna Douglas each had bunt singles.
“We haven’t been bunting much, but we were successful at it against Alvarado and so I wanted to continue that,” the coach said. “Plus, once these girls get to the varsity level they need to be able to get the job done when coach asks for a bunt.”
Glen Rose will conclude its season on Tuesday in Hillsboro at 5 p.m.
“I was able to get every person in (Friday), which has never happened,” Lytle said. “I was impressed with the girls – especially their baserunning and listening to what was asked of them.”