Tiger baseball got off to a solid start against a struggling Yellow Jacket team, but host Stephenville showed it wasn’t quite dead yet in district play on Friday night.
Glen Rose (12-10, 6-3) lost 6-3 in a ballgame it led 3-0. The Tigers finished with more hits (9-7) and each team made an error.
“We had their pitcher on the ropes early up 3-0, but he really did a good job as the game went,” said coach Kenny Toney. “We had an opportunity to go up 5-0 and make it a different ballgame, but we were being aggressive on the bases and got thrown out at the plate twice in the third. It seemed like that gave them a shot in the arm and they came back to take the lead.”
The Tigers had difficulty offensively overall with 12 strikeouts as a team, but a few players found success. Austin Gibson delivered three singles with an RBI.
“Austin hit the ball well (Friday),” Toney said. “He stayed balanced and hit it hard. If we could ever get everybody to hit the ball hard in one game, there’s no telling what we could do.”
Preston Shuffield delivered a double and a single.
“Preston hit the ball well early to help us get going,” Toney said.
Peyton Lytle’s two-RBI double put Glen Rose up 2-0 in the second inning.
“Peyton did a good job in that particular at bat,” Toney said. “He put the ball in play and it found a place to land in the outfield right on the line to bring in two runs.”
Other hitters included Taylor Hansen (single), Cody Burtscher (single) and Colten Lane (single).
Pitchers for the Tigers were Hayden Bach (5 2/3 IP, 6 R – 6 ER, 7 H, 4 W, 5 K) and Hansen (1/3 IP, K).
“Hayden struggled a little bit and got a couple of pitches up that they capitalized on, Toney said. “You’re going to have those nights, so we have to get past this one.”
The key to the game proved to be the bottom of the third, as Stephenville plated four to take the lead for good (4-3).
“We got two strikes on a couple of their batters and they just did a good job at the plate,” Toney said.
The Tigers have quite a non-district challenge ahead on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when Brock – the No. 2-ranked 2A team in the THSBCA standings – comes to town.
“It’s going to be a good game,” Toney said. “Brock is a powerhouse in 2A and it should benefit us as we prepare for Alvarado next Friday.”