GLEN ROSE – The Lady Tigers quickly put their loss in the opening game of the Hannah Morales Memorial Tournament in the review and bounced back with an 18-5 win over Carrollton Ranchview in game two. (4-2) Glen Rose sent more batters to the plate in the first inning – 13 – than Ranchview did in the first three-innings-plus.
A pair of three-run doubles with two outs in the third and fourth innings by Brittney Miller and a third three-run double by Courtney Morris were the biggest blows delivered by the Lady Tigers on Thursday afternoon.
In the first inning, walks to Sabrina Watson, Destenie Lewis, Miller, Gwyn Boyd, Sydney Lozier and a single by Madi Gibson set the table for Morris’ bases clearing three-run double to break the young game open. Morris scored the seventh run of the inning on a Watson single and Page Green capped the nine-run, 13-batter inning when she later scored on a wild pitch after a single of her own.
On the rubber, Watson was in absolute control through the first inning and did exactly what a pitcher is supposed to do when given a near-double-digit – and later double-digit – lead. She threw strikes.
Watson needed just six pitches for three-groundball outs to retire the side in order in the bottom of the first inning. The second inning was just as easy for Watson, and, although she issued a five-pitch walk to the innings third batter, she struck out the side looking.
Watson continued to cruise in the bottom of the third inning. After a strikeout and a groundout to start the inning, an error allowed for the second Ranchview base runner of the game to reach, but a pop out for the third out kept Watson’s no-hitter intact through three full innings.
Six of Glen Rose next 10 runs came via Miller’s two doubles with the bases loaded – one during the third inning and the other in the fourth. It was the second – which plated Green, Lewis and Jayci Bridges – that capped the 18-run win for the Lady Tigers.
The first Ranchview batter of the fourth inning broke up Watson’s no-hit bit with a weakly hit single to short left field. Two more singles, a walk and a few careless throws led to five Ranchview runs, but a fifth Watson strikeout ended the 18-5 throttling.
Glen Rose will return to tournament action for game three of the Hannah Morales Memorial Tournament on Friday at 9 a.m. A special dedication to commemorate the life of Hannah Morales will take place following the Lady Tigers’ second game of the day. Friday’s game two has a tentative first pitch scheduled for 2:15 p.m.