GLEN ROSE – Through the first six ballgames of the season, the Lady Tigers had won via blowout, a home run derby, walk-fest and walk-off, but had yet to put together a complete game from first pitch to final out. Thirteen hits, runs in four-of-the-six innings played, three hits allowed and an 8-6 win over the Tolar Lady Rattlers later, and (5-2) Glen Rose had such a win under its belt.
Destenie Lewis and Brittany Miller each picked up three hits and it was Miller’s single in the top-of-the-first inning to plate Page Green that got the Lady Tigers on the board first. The run was Green’s first of three runs scored to go with her two singles.
Sabrina Watson started inside the circle for Glen Rose and retired the side in order in the first and third innings. But a walk and a double to deep left field in the bottom of the second tied the game at one.
The Lady Tigers scratched three runs in the top of the third and fourth innings behind five hits, two walks and two errors. Green, Lewis and Miller crossed in the third inning off of a Lewis double, Miller single and Lozier’s single to centerfield. In the fourth, it was Watson who reached via a walk, Green courtesy of a fielder’s choice and Lewis after her second-straight double who scored for the Lady Tigers.
Five Glen Rose errors in the bottom of the fourth inning allowed for two runs to cross, but there could have been more had Green of not gunned down a runner at third base.
The Lady Rattlers hung another crooked number in the bottom of the fifth inning – this time a three-spot – to pull within one, 7-6. A Tolar triple scored runners who had reached via walk and error and she later scored after another Glen Rose error. Watson got the seventh batter of the inning to watch a called third strike to cap her outing after 92 pitches through five-full innings having allowing just two earned runs, three hits, four walks and striking out four.
Madi Gibson launched her fourth home run of the season, this one off of the Glen Rose scoreboard in left center, in the top of the sixth for an always-crucial insurance run.
Head Coach Kiel Miller then made the move to the ‘pen in the bottom half of the inning to bring in Courtney Morris to close the win out. Morris needed just 12 pitches, eight of which went for strikes, to sit the Lady Rattlers down in order with a strikeout out swinging, pop out to Lewis and groundout to Lozier at second.
Glen Rose returned to the diamond later in the afternoon on Friday for its second matchup against Godley of the season. The Lady Tigers previously fell to Godley 18-0 in their third and final scrimmage on Feb. 13