GLEN ROSE – Any thought of a potential upset by the Keene Chargers was quickly put on ice when the Tigers built a snowman in the run column during the bottom of the third inning of their 15-2 win at home Tuesday.
Glen Rose scored in all four innings it had the bat in its hands – one run in the first, two in the second, eight in the third and four in the fourth.
“They came out these last two games and played the game well,” Evans said of avoiding any potential of a trap game against Rio Vista and Keene. “I thought they had some good at bats and fielded the ball well. It was good for us to not only win those two games, but to come out and play the way we did to take care of business. […] The coaching staff did a good job of staying on top of things and they have been working their tails off with these kids.”
Starting pitcher Codey Barker also recorded a complete game on the windy evening in Glen Rose and did exactly what a pitcher with a hefty lead is supposed to do – fill up the strike zone.
Barker notched eight strikeouts, including the last four batters he faced, over his five-full innings of work. But the Chargers did manage to scratch two runs off of Barker.
An uncharacteristic error by shortstop Layne McAnear in the top of the second led to the first Charger run. Keene then dealt Evans and his Tigers a little of their own small-ball flavored medicine in the top of the fourth inning. A leadoff bunt for a single down the third baseline was followed by a steal of second and then an RBI single to right field.
Even still, the Glen Rose right-handed hurler needed just 62 pitches to complete his three-hit, no walk outing.
The Tigers sent no fewer than five batters to the plate in any one inning and that was during the first inning, which ended on McAnear’s hit-and-run lineout that doubled Brazos Overton off of the base paths. Overton was running for catcher Drayton Williams after the senior grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Camron Rush for the first run of the ballgame.
The Tiger offense exploded when thirteen Glen Rose batters strolled into the box during the eight-run third inning.
Williams started the inning with the first of his two third-inning singles. Doubles to left-center field by Devin Crawford and Dylan Hammond helped to break the game open and sent Barker back to the mound in the top of the fourth with a comfortable, 11-1 lead.
“This was a big win for us, because it is going to hopefully lead us into Friday night’s game against Peaster with a little momentum and we need that momentum going into the second round [of district],” Evans said. “Friday is a big game, because if we squeak by [Peaster] than it’ll put us two games ahead of them in the head-to-head if it comes down to a tie breaker at the season.”
(10-4, 5-2) Glen Rose will travel to (7-8, 4-3) Peaster for a 7 p.m. Friday first pitch. The Tigers won the previous meeting 4-3 in 10 innings on a walk-off double by Hammond.
Crawford and Rush combined for 13 strikeouts – 10 by Crawford through 6.1 innings – with seven hits and three walks. The right-handed Rush is the probable starter Friday.