Glen Rose High School’s District 4-4A softball opener had the Lady Tigers facing the league’s two-time pitcher of the year, but they also hurt themselves with miscues.
Not all of their mistakes showed up in their own box score, as they only show to have two fielding errors. But there were enough mistakes to give the Honeybees more help than they needed.
In fact, Stephenville’s box score shows nine errors attributed to the Lady Tigers.
Stephenville slapped 12 hits in all on offense, and standout senior hurler Julia Flores struck out nine and walked just one for the Honeybees while allowing five hits to earn the pitching victory.
The lone run for coach Kiel Miller’s Lady Tigers came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kaylee McDonald launched a triple over the head of Stephenville’s right fielder, driving in Tatum Stegint.
But by then the Honeybees owned a 9-1 lead, and they added a run in the top of the seventh before Flores closed out the game in the seventh.
McDonald was 2-for-3 at the plate for GRHS. Courtney Morris, Taylor McKenzie and Sydney Lozier had singles to account for the other Glen Rose hits.
“We made a bunch of errors,” Miller said after the game. “We just made mistakes, routine plays. We stranded runners in scoring position. We had the bases loaded with one out and didn’t score.
“We’ve got to take advantage of the situations we’re given, and I don’t think we’re doing that right now. You can’t have mistakes like that. You can’t win many ballgames with the number of mistakes we had. You’ve got to hit the ball with runners in scoring position, too.”
Starter Courtney Morris pitched 2-1/3 innings, giving up seven runs — five earned — on five hits while striking out four.
McKenzie worked 4-2/3 innings in the circle, allowing three runs, all earned, on seven hits. She struck out four and walked two.
With spring break being this week, and Tuesday being the regular bye date in the district schedule for the Lady Tigers, they only had one game slated for this week. It was scheduled for Wednesday on the road at Venus, but the result was not available by press time.
The next game for the Lady Tigers is set for Tuesday, March 20, at home against Midlothian Heritage.
Stephenville took a 3-0 lead over the Lady Tigers in the top of the first inning, then made it 4-0 in the second. The Lady Tigers gave up four in the fourth as they fell behind 8-0. The Honeybees added one in each of their last two at-bats, sandwiched around the one Glen Rose run.
Flores was also outstanding on offense, driving in four runs for the Honeybees with a 3-for-4 hitting performance.