Michael Watson and Chance Hatfield combined to throw a no-hitter for the Glen Rose Tigers as they took a 16-2 home victory over Keene Tuesday night.
The Tigers were coming off a successful run in their annual Harley “Hogg” Sinclair memorial tournament, winning four of their five games in the three-day round robin format, getting a one-hitter from sophomore Davis Shackelford along the way.
Tuesday night’s combined no-hitter improved the Tiges to 7-2 on the season.
Watson was the starter and worked the first two innings. Hatfield pitched the final three frames.
Ashton Smith went 3-for-4 with a double to pace the GRHS offense. Davis Shackelford went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double. Tyler Torres was 1-for-2 and scored three runs.
The Tigers erupted for 10 runs in the second inning to break open the game when Glen Rose had held only a 3-2 lead after the first inning. The Tigers added three more in the bottom of the third.
In the tournament last weekend, coach James Evans’ young Tigers opened in their season home opener with a 6-5 win over Tolar. On Saturday, GRHS came up on the short end twice, falling to Grandview, 11-3, and to Irving Ranchview, 2-0.
The Tigers closed out their part of the tournament Saturday by defeating Springtown 5-1 and Crawford 11-5.
Pitching and defense were the key for the Tigers, as the hitters gained needed early-season experience seeing live pitching, Evans noted.
“Our defense and our pitching have been good,” Evans said. “We just need more games under our belt because we’ve got a lot of guys that don’t have varsity experience. Most of the teams in our tournament are playoff teams.”
Evans said the Tigers need to work on “little things” like positioning.
“Just the fundamentals of baseball,” Evans said. “They’ve just got to understand the game better. And situational hitting. They have to be able to move runners over and manufacture runs. But overall I’m proud of our guys."
In the Tolar win Thursday, the Tigers rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away, getting a game-winning hit from Conner Hanson. Hatfield picked up the win, coming into the game in the bottom of the fifth in relief of the starter, Watson. Jadon Harper was 2-for-3 at the plate for GRHS, with one RBI.
Saturday in the win over Springtown, Shackelford mowed down nine of the first 10 batters on strikeouts to post the one-hit masterpiece victory as the starting pitcher. He held the Porcupines hitless until and scoreless until they picked up their only run in the top of the fifth.
Adrian Lewis doubled and scored two runs for the Tigers against Springtown.
Against Crawford, the Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit they faced after the top of the first inning, posting one in the bottom of the first, four runs in the second, five in the third and one in the fifth. Tyler Torres, Garrett Gilbreath and Shackelford had three hits apiece for the Tigers, and Smith contributed a key double in the big five-run third. Coby Riley went the distance on the mound for the win over Crawford,
The Tigers begin a two-day round robin at the Ponder Invitational Friday with a 10 a.m. game against Abbott, and a 3 p.m. contest versus Trenton. On Saturday the Tigers are matched against either Ponder, Fort Worth North Side or Valley View, with the game time and opponent depending on their outcome in Friday's games.