GLEN ROSE – Two games, two strong pitching performances and two run-rule wins is about as good a way the Glen Rose junior varsity baseball team could have planned for the opening day of its home tournament to go.
Camron Rush dominated on the bump during the opening-game win over the Tolar Rattlers and was rewarded by the bats with a nine-run third inning.
Glen Rose went down quietly in the first inning before the bottom-half of its order scratched three runs in the second.
Thirteen Tigers stepped into the box in the bottom of the third and scored nine runs on eight hits, which included singles by six-of-the-first-seven Tigers during the inning.
Westin Halcom delivered the two biggest blows of the inning with an RBI single off the glove of the Rattler third baseman and a two-run triple down the right field line. Halcom also added a run scored during the frame and a single in the second inning to complete his three-for-three day.
Cordel Whitefield added a two-run single to cap the inning to go with his walk and stolen base in the second inning.
On the bump, Rush struck out seven of the 10 batters he faced over his first three innings of work en route to a 10-strikeout day. But after the nine-run third inning, Rush ran into a little trouble in the fourth.
A runner interference and dropped third strike complicated things, but with two runners on Rush struck out the fourth batter of the inning before a single plated the only two Rattler runs. An infield error was followed by Rush’s third strikeout of the inning capped the 13-2 Glen Rose win.
In Friday’s game two, Camden Reynolds was about as efficient on the bump as one could hope. The righty needed just 40 pitches to work four-scoreless innings, while he collected three strikeouts and surrendered only two hits. Thirty of his 40 pitches went for strikes during the outing.
On the offensive side, Rush’s RBI triple in the top of the first was followed by Gus Stoner’s single past a diving short stop and Connor Hansen’s single to left field, and provided the Tigers with the only lead they would need, 3-0.
After a scoreless second inning, Glen Rose scratched seven runs over the next two innings on six hits. Two of those hits came off of the bat of Tyler Torres – a single in the third and double in the fourth – for three RBI. Costello also accounted for two of the runs batted in.
The Tigers will return to the diamond for the championship of the Glen Rose tournament at 1 p.m. on Saturday.