GLEN ROSE – A two-game sweep is nice, but a two-game sweep with one win via a combined no-hitter is nicer. The Glen Rose junior varsity’s Red team double-dipped Springtown on Monday 11-2, 6-1 and Tiger pitchers combined to strikeout 15 over nine innings in the process.
River Costello relieved Dax Reed in the fourth inning of game one and then started game two’s no-hitter by striking out the side in order. He finished the day with four strikeouts and faced the minimum-six batters in two full innings of work.
Jett Gould came on in relief of Costello and pitched a hitless second, third and fourth innings. During Gould’s first inning and the game’s second, it was an error on Glen Rose’s third baseman that was followed by a stolen base and throwing error for Springtown’s first – and only – run of game two. Gould stayed focused on the bump, and struck out four-of-the-next-six batters he faced before handing the ball to Westen Halcom who was tasked to keep the no-hitter in tact.
Halcom got his first batter to watch strike three blow by and got a quick two strikes on the second before he weakly flied out to right field. The next two batters reached on a second error on the Tigers’ third baseman and a base on balls, but Halcom’s 1-2 pitch to the third was grounded to second for the game’s third out and the first no-hitter of the season for any Glen Rose team.
Kelton Bernard reached and scored on each of his two plate appearances while batting leadoff in the Tigers’ 6-1 win in game two. In fact, it was his single in the third and Bryan Pounds’ in the bottom of the fourth that served as the only two hits in the contest. Daniel De La Garza, Cooper Parks, Hayden Shaw, Pounds and Halcom all added a run, each.
In the 11-2 game-one thumping, the Tigers combined for five hits, six walks and eight stolen bases. Bernard was a again a terror on the base paths and swiped four bags of his own to go with a single, a walk and two runs scored.
Reed delivered the biggest blow in game one with his two-run first-inning double to left field. He, Costello and Pounds later scored to cap the five-run first inning. The Tigers added five more runs in the second inning and scratched another in the third to take the season opener, 11-2.
The (2-0) Tigers’ JV Red will return to the diamond on Monday, Feb. 29 with a double header at 5 and 6:45 p.m. on the road against Alvarado.