GLEN ROSE – Through two innings, it appeared as though Glen Rose and Godley were destined for a back-and-forth affair. But after a 7-7 tie through two innings, the Wildcats’ took over inside the circle and at the plate for the eventual 11-7 win in the Hannah Morales Memorial Tournament.
Glen Rose used three-straight hits in the top of the first – a single by Destenie Lewis, double by Madi Gibson and single by Brittany Miller – to score the game’s first two runs. Three hits and three errors in the bottom half led to five Godley runs to send the Lady Tigers into the second inning trailing, 5-2.
Courtney Morris led off the top of the second inning by reaching base on an error. Two batters later, Green doubled home Morris and Sabrina Watson, and then the Glen Rose backstop stole third base to move a few steps closer to tying the game at five. Lewis walked, Gibson singled to left field to score Green, Miller doubled home Lewis, and Massey slapped a two-out single to center field to score Gibson and cap the five-run inning for a 7-5 Glen Rose lead.
The bottom of the second could have been bigger than a two-run inning for the Wildcats had it of not been for Green’s speed from behind the plate. After a leadoff single, the Godley base runner attempted to advance from first to third on an infield single to Gwyn Boyd at third. With Boyd having to run-in to field the ball, she flipped to a sprinting Green who slapped a diving tag down at third base for the first out of the inning. A two-out double plated two and tied the game for the fourth time, 7-7.
There’s no way around it, No. 6-9 in the Lady Tigers’ order were held in check during Friday’s second game and the fourth for Glen Rose in tournament play. In 12 at-bats, the four batters accounted for six of the team’s 10 strikeouts, collected just one hit and one run – Massey’s single and Morris’ run in the second inning.
However, the top half did not fair well after the five-run second inning. In fact, no one in the red and white did.
Godley’s pitcher struck out four Lady Tigers in the third inning – thanks to a dropped third strike – and two more over the next two innings while not allowing a hit.
During that span, the Wildcats added four runs on six hits to take the 11-7 win in the Lady Tigers last Friday matchup.
Glen Rose will return to tournament play on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. With a win, the Lady Tigers will play again following the morning’s second game.