Tiger baseball did a number of things right Tuesday night in Brownwood, but it couldn’t solve Lion senior pitcher Scott Kinzler.
The Lion threw a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over Glen Rose (1-3). Brownwood finished with more hits (7-1) and errors (4-1).
“What it amounted to was we hit two batters in the third inning, and then they had a kid that got a two-run double,” said coach Kenny Toney. “Other than that, our pitching was pretty good, along with our defense.”
Hayden Holder (4 IP, 2 R – 2 ER, 6 H, 3 W, 3 HBP, 3 K) got the start and Taylor Hansen (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H) came on in relief.
“Hayden had a few walks and hit batters, so he wasn’t quite as sharp as he was last weekend, but he still had a very good outing,” the coach said. “Taylor did well in his two innings to hold them down.”
Toney said Curry Mapes had a good showing behind the plate and called a good game. He credited several other defenders.
“Colton Lane did a good job at third base once again and turned a double play,” he said. “(Jayton) Dillard made a good throw (from the outfield) to his cutoff man so we could get a guy trying to leg out a double. (Cody) Burtscher threw a runner out at home from centerfield. I also thought (Austin) Gibson (OF), Holder (2B), (Preston) Shuffield (1B) and Hansen (2B) had good defensive games.”
The lone Tiger hit came courtesy of Shuffield (single), as the sophomore has hit safely in all four games this season.
“Preston shortened his swing and put the ball in play,” Toney said. “The shortstop fielded his hit in the hole, but he was quick enough to beat it out. The kid (Brownwood) threw was as good as we’ll see for a good while. He had good velocity and had the confidence to throw his curveball in any count.”
Glen Rose will now look toward the Clifton Tournament, as it begins play on Friday at 12:30 p.m. against Waco Vanguard.
“I will take good pitching and defense anytime, because we’re going to get to the point where we put the ball in play more,” Toney said. “This week is a warm-up for district, because we begin district play next Tuesday. We want to win as many games as we can, but it’s all about playing our best in that first district game.”