GLEN ROSE – The Tigers’ baseball team got the first of four scrimmages out of the way on a cold and windy Monday evening in Glen Rose. The “score" - if that is important in a scrimmage - showed that Glen Rose dropped the opener to Alvarado, 7-6.
There is actually no confirmation that the Indians' book even reflected the same score. The scrimmage was played in a three outs or three runs format, meaning whichever happened first would end the inning. Even still, baseball is officially back.
“We had to dust a few cobwebs off, but I thought we came out OK overall,” Head Coach James Evans said. “We handled ourselves about how I expect and we have a lot of work to do in all aspects of the game. But it is good finally practice against someone other than yourselves. I think overall we had a great outing. It was good to see some live pitching. ”
Senior Drayton Williams made his 2016 debut and first appearance since his sophomore year on the bump late in Monday’s scrimmage. The Tigers’ regular catcher worked at a good pace on the mound and his arm had plenty of life to it.
Although Williams’ mechanics could use a little work and those minor imperfections may have caused him to leave a few balls up in the zone, he struck out four batters, while walking two, in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Tyler Torres relieved Williams and looked confident as he begins the transition to the diamond from the hardwood. Torres pitched to contact and retired the two batters he faced on a weak pop fly to Zane Gould in right field and a fielder’s choice to Cameron Rush as shortstop.
Williams and Torres came up big by pitching to contact and eliminating walks late in the scrimmage, Evans said.
“We saw a few sparks on the mound,” Evans said. “You still can’t walk batters and I think that may be because the kids were trying to do too much, but I think we will get there with the pitching. It was cold and windy out here, too, so that may have played a factor a little bit.”
“We have to realize that we have to let our defense work and be confident in the defense. We need to come out, throw strikes and keep them off balance at the plate.”
Glen Rose will return to the diamond on Saturday, Feb. 13 against Celina at 11 a.m. in Glen Rose.