GLEN ROSE – Although the scoreboard showed it, neither the play on the field or the fashion in which the 9-0 Brock win over the Tigers unfolded Tuesday reflected a lop-sided loss.
Glen Rose starting pitcher Camron Rush, who was on the mound for the first time since suffering a minor finger injury to his throwing hand, never got on track. In the midst of a light mist turned pestering drizzle, Rush walked the first two batters of the game before getting two quick outs and then walking two more.
With the Eagles holding a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Rush induced a groundball to second baseman Tyler Torres for the potential third with the bases full of Brock base runners. An E-4 and two runs on no hits later and the Tigers were in an early 3-0 hole.
The Glen Rose ball club failed to scratch a run in the seven-inning contest – this much is true. But it wasn’t like they weren’t putting the ball on the ball. The ball was just finding the gloves of the Brock defenders with regularity.
Rush led off the first inning with a double to left-center field, Torres laid down a textbook drag but for an infield single and, after Dylan Hammond’s first of two strikeouts, Drayton Williams sharply grounded into a routine 6-4-3 double play.
Two more base runners, Layne McAnear and Gus Stoner, were erased with a duplicate double-play groundout in the fourth inning.
In fact, the Tigers had two base runners in four of the seven innings and in those three innings had only two strikeouts. The clichéd game of inches went in the favor of the Eagles. That much is certain.
Torres collected two hits and McAnear continued to swing his hot bat with a hit and base on balls. Devin Crawford and Codey Barker also drew a walk apiece.
The loss drops the Tigers into a tie for fourth place in 11-3A with five wins to four losses.
Prior to first pitch, the Tigers knew they had to win, at minimum, two of the next three games against Brock, Grandview and Hillsboro. After the final out that fact has still not changed.
Glen Rose needs to win its next two games, plus the following three against Millsap Rio Vista and Keene, to remain in firm control of its own playoff destiny.