The hitting woes continued for the Glen Rose Tigers in their last two games, and now they need to win three of their final regular-season games to grab a playoff spot out of District 8-4A.
The Tigers were shut out last Thursday, 2-0 at Venus — spoiling a two-hitter by freshman pitcher Davis Shackelford. At home on Friday they suffered a 5-0 loss to district-leading Midlothian Heritage. Starting pitcher Camron Rush held the Jaguars scoreless through the first four innings.
“We just can’t string hits together and manufacture any runs,” Glen Rose head baseball coach James Evans said after Friday’s loss. “We’re putting the ball in play. We just hit it right at them — and at times we hit the ball hard.
“I’m proud of the kids for fighting, not giving up. They’re not pressing. They’re just not getting breaks.”
The Tigers’ district game that had been scheduled to be played Tuesday at Alvarado was postponed because of heavy rainfall that soaked that field. It was switched to Wednesday night, several hours after press time for publication this week. The junior varsity game was canceled.
In the JV game against Heritage, Glen Rose took an 11-3 loss.
The Glen Rose varsity squad is now 2-6 in district and 11-8 overall, with four regular-season games remaining. The top four teams in the seven-team district alignment will qualify for the playoffs.
Heritage, 18-5 overall and ranked No. 15 in the state, is tied for the district lead at 8-1 with Godley. Alvarado is currently third at 5-4, followed by Stephenville at 5-5, Glen Rose and Venus both at 2-6, and Waxahachie Life School seventh with a 1-8 mark.
After the Alvarado game, the Tigers will take on Godley on the road and Life School at home (Senior Night, 7:30 p.m.), then travel to Stephenville to close out the regular season.
“We’re going to have to win at least three of the next four games,” Evans noted. “We’re going to have to play our best, and not make mistakes. We’ve got a good shot, but this district is extremely tough.”
In the loss last Thursday, the Tigers had five hits against Venus including singles by Camden Reynolds and Kelton Bernard in the third, and hits by Reynolds and Tyler Torres in the fifth. But despite getting a runner to third in both of those frames, the Tigers remained scoreless.
Shackelford took the loss on the hill for the Tigers, striking out nine in his six innings of work. He walked only three, but two of those were in the second inning when Venus took a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs added their other run in the third inning on an RBI bunt.
“They took advantage of a couple of defensive mistakes we made,” Evans said of the loss to Venus. “We couldn’t get clutch hits, and left runners (on base).”
In the matchup against Midlothian, Torres, Camron Rush, Shackelford and Bernard all notched one hit each for Glen Rose.
Rush was the starting pitcher and worked into the seventh inning, taking the loss. Catcher Gus Stoner was brought in with a runner on first to pitch for the final two outs, with the Tigers trailing 3-0. Midlothian added two more runs after the switch.
The Tigers left two runners stranded in the third inning, and left seven on overall.
Midlothian gained a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning on a run-scoring double and a single.
The Jaguars got their final three runs in the seventh on a double that scored one run and a two-run double to deep center field.