GLEN ROSE – Following Glen Rose’s 11-3 loss to Brownwood in its fourth-and-final scrimmage of the 2016 preseason, Head Coach James Evans’ bunch can finally begin to look towards the start of the regular season and the games that count.
“Overall, over the last four I thought we did a good job of competing at times, hit the ball well and saw a few bright spots,” Evans said. “We did a few good things throughout, but we just have to do a better job of stringing good plays back-to-back together. If you make one good play then you have to make another.
“Tonight we didn’t,” Evans added. “We made some good plays, but then we turned around and made some bad ones. We can’t do that.”
The bad plays Evans referred to were a handful of costly errors. Most, if not all, were mental mistakes – not a reflection of the Tigers’ skill with the leather – and for nearly every error there was a highlight-reel play to offset it.
Unfortunately, outside of the leadoff home run Glen Rose’s Cameron Rush surrendered on a 2-0 count, each-of-the-next 10 runs were all unearned thanks to those errors.
Brownwood scored three runs in the top of the second after Rush plunked the second batter of the inning, a Lion double to deep left center and an error on a Glen Rose infielder. Two more runs crossed in the top of the fourth courtesy of a walk, a poorly executed rundown between third and home, and a single to right field.
However, the third-potential run of the inning was gunned down on a one-hop strike from Gus Stoner in right field to Drayton Williams behind plate.
Three errors, a wild pitch and a double led to the Lions’ three runs in the top of the sixth, and the final two scored in the top of the eighth after Tyler Torres pegged three-straight batters and a throwing error followed on a potential double play at second base.
“So far the pitching has looked good,” Evans said. “I know walks hurt us in the first two scrimmages, but they have kind of settled down and they are getting innings under their belt. I knew coming in that we needed more innings, because a lot of these guys didn’t throw very much last year. I think we will be fine.”
Rush finished his strong outing with 77 pitches across four-full innings of work. The junior struck out three, walked two and successfully stretched out his workload for the regular season opening double-header on Friday, Feb. 26.
“Cameron stretched it out today and we are going to have to have him once the tournaments and district roll around,” Evans said.
Rush also helped his own cause with a single and two RBI with two outs in the bottom of the second. Dylan Hammond followed suit when he threw his hands at an outside pitch for an RBI single to right field to end the inning.
First pitch of Friday’s game one is slated for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for game two. According to Evans, the opponent could change if Blooming Grove’s basketball team advances past the Bi-district round of the playoffs.