Glen Rose took a gem from Derek Thompson on the mound to topple Lampasas, then an offensive explosion to down South Hills in its final tune-up before District 7-3A action.
The Tigers traveled to Lampasas on Tuesday where head coach Kenny Toney sent his ace, Thompson, to bump against the Badgers.
The Tigers pulled out a 4-3 victory.
“Having (Thompson and Immanuel Morales) back makes us stronger defensively,” said Toney. “It allows Colt (Plaster) to play short and Reagan (Rotan) to play second. I have all the confidence in the world in Derek and Immanuel on the mound.”
Thompson tossed five innings allowing one unearned run on two hits and three walks, while racking up seven “K’s”.
Morales supplied the late inning relief of Thompson by throwing the final two innings allowing two hits, two walks and two runs, only one of which were earned.
Morales also struck out four of the six batters he retired.
“This was Immanuel’s first action of the season,” said Toney. “He got himself in a jam in the seventh inning and he got himself out of it. I can’t ask for much more than that.”
Fron the dish, the top of the Tiger lineup supplied the runs early on.
Rotan went 1-4 with a double and run scored, while Colt Plaster went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
The heart of the Tiger order went a combined 3-10 with RBI’s from Thompson and Jacob Goebel and a run scored from Ty Taylor.
Zac Pritchard also went 1-3 from the dish.
“In the first inning it thought, ‘Man, we’re gonna hit the ball well,’” said Toney. “After that first inning, we got complacement and impatient. We didn’t wait for good pitches and ended up hitting weak ground balls.”
Glen Rose returned to action within 24 hours when South Hills made the trip to Highway 67.
The Tigers run ruled the visiting Scorpions with a five inning, 15-3 thrashing.
RJ Nowak got the nod from Toney to take the hill and tossed four innings before being lifted with arm pain.
Nowak allowed seven hits — one being a roundtripper - a walk and three runs, two of which were earned.
“RJ didn’t have his best stuff,” said Toney. “He wasn’t as sharp as he was against Eastland, but he competed. Three runs over four innings isn’t too bad.”
Following Nowak, Morales once again finished the game with an almost flawless fifth inning.
Morales faced four batters and struck out two.
On the offensive side, Glen Rose was dominant.
Eight of the nine batters for Glen Rose posted at least one hit and three players went yard in the 15-run explosion.
Rotan went 2-2 from the dish with a solo jack, 3 runs scored, an RBI a walk, a double and was hit by a pitch.
Taylor was a triple shy of the cycle going 3-4 with a single, double and a solo shot, scoring three runs and driving in four.
Plaster, Goebel and Shelby Junge went a combined 3-8 with four runs and three RBIs.
Thompson and Collin Lane each went 2-3 with Thompson accouting for two RBIs and Lane racking up a double, a run and two ribbies..
Dylan Rodriguez also brought his big bat to the ballpark by jacking a three-run home run in his only hit of the afternoon.
Glen Rose opened up district action when they hosted Whitney on Tuesday and will travel to Gatesville on Friday and China Spring on March 31. All games begin at 7:30 p.m.