GLEN ROSE – It was a tough way for the Lady Tigers to wrap up their preseason slate, but the 18-0 loss to Godley on Saturday did just that. With three scrimmages now in the books, Glen Rose’s focus has sifted squarely onto its upcoming tournament being hosted by Clifton High School, Feb. 19-20.

Senior Page Green collected the lone hit for the Lady Tigers on what was a picturesque afternoon, weather-wise.

The catcher led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a slow roller in-between third base and shortstop, and not only beat the throw to first, but used her wheels to stretch it into a two bagger while the Lady Cats struggled to find the handle on the ball.

Godley complied a 14-7 overall record, and a 7-1 mark in 7-4A last season, in a district that features Kennedale, a perennial power in 4A, and a typically good Venus team. Kennedale served-up the sole district loss to the Lady Cats and then went on the advance to the fourth round of the 4A state playoffs.

“Godley is always a good team,” Glen Rose Head Coach Kiel Miller said. “Right now and early in the season, pitchers have the advantage over the hitters. As we start seeing pitching outside of a coach or a pitching machine, then the bats are going to come along, but the bat usually take a little time to catch up.”

“I thought defensively we played pretty well, especially from those girls who haven’t been out here very long,” Miller added. “We had a few errors that led to some runs, but it was good to see those basketball girls out here for the first time. Their bats are going to be lagging behind and it was their first time seeing a pitcher. For them, it was kind of like ‘Welcome to softball, here’s a dang good pitcher that you are going to face.”

Good was indeed fitting, as the Godley hurler surrendered nothing more than the one hit to Green and a small handful of walks on her way to a 16-strikeout performance.

In the circle to start the scrimmage for the Lady Tigers for the first time this season – and according to Miller, the first time as a Lady Tiger – was Sabrina Watson. The senior worked four innings and surrendered eight runs on just 12 hits and three walks.

Watson struggled a little with control, but was not missing her spots by much. While there were a few balls squared up by the Lady Cats, defensive miscues helped to prolong her outing and innings.

The defensive lapses did not improve any when freshman Kourtnie Morris took over for her final two innings of work on the day.

After pitching during the junior varsity game, Morris came in to toss the last two innings of the varsity game and surrendered seven runs – with only one being an earned run – on five hits and four walks. It was Morris’ third time in the circle for the varsity squad.

“I thought Kourtnie was better this time out than the first two and she might have gotten a little tired there in her last inning that she pitched, but she is getting better and that is all that we can ask of her,” Miller said. “We are just going to have to wait and see how she develops.”

“Sabrina pitched quite a bit over the summer, but I don’t know that she has pitched in a ballgame in high school yet,” Miller continued. “She knew that she was probably going to have to pickup some of the slack this spring and knew that she needed to improve, and I think she pitched a great ballgame for her first time out.”

“We have to eliminate walks in both pitchers and we have to make the routine throws in the field. I don’t know how many unearned runs we had, but I bet it was half just from the silly mistakes we made.”

Miller should find the nearest blackjack table as soon as possible, because nine of the Lady Cats’ 18 runs were unearned.

“Like I told the girls, right now we are looking towards March 8 and the first district ballgame,” said Miller of his team’s re-shifted focus. “We have three tournaments in the next three weeks and we are going to be playing all sorts of innings and see all sorts of different pitching. We are going to get there as a team and we are going to pickup where we left off last season. We always start like this, but then we start seeing pitching and we know we will get better.”

Glen Rose’s tournament schedule will be posted to the Glen Rose Reporter’s Facebook page as soon as it becomes finalized. The Lady Tigers’ first game in Clifton is tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19.