Glen Rose High School head baseball coach James Evans predicted that his team would bounce back quickly from Friday’s 17-1 District 8-4A home loss to sixth-ranked Godley, and the Tigers responded.
The 4-2 road victory for 14-9 GRHS over Waxahachie Life School Tuesday night, in which Davis Shackelford and Jadon Harper combined on a three-hitter, set up Friday's showdown with Stephenville — as expected.
The matchup, at home starting at 7:30 p.m. against the Yellow Jackets — with both teams carrying 6-5 district records — will decide third and fourth place. It will also be Senior Night, and close out regular-season play. The bi-district playoffs begin next week.
In their first district matchup, April 3 in Stephenville, the Tigers took a 3-2 win.
The third-place team from the district will be paired against the second-place team out of District 7-4A, either Benbrook or Fort Worth Castleberry. The fourth-place team will face Kennedale, which has secured the 7-4A championship.
The powerhouse Godley squad is 19-1 overall, with just one district loss, to ninth-ranked Midlothian Heritage. Godley has three players (two pitchers and a shortstop) committed to NCAA Division I schools. The Wildcats defeated Stephenville 12-0 on April 17. They won their first matchup against GRHS by an 8-1 count.
The Wildcats racked up 14 hits in all off of four GRHS pitchers Friday, piling up an 11-0 lead before the Tigers came to bat in the third inning.
The lone run for the Tigers came on a home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the third by Shackelford, who also doubled to record two of the team’s three hits. Jadon Harper singled for the other hit.
“We’ve just got to look forward to the next game,” GRHS head coach James Evans said after Friday’s game. “This next game at Waxahachie will clinch a playoff. Next week is a big week. The Friday game, we will be playing for third place. Our guys will bounce back (during) practice.”
That came true Tuesday as Tyler Torres went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs while Shackelford earned the victory on the mound, working 5 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on two hits. He struck out seven and walked seven. Harper worked the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two and walking none.
Shackelford, who doubled, drove in one run as did Coby Riley, who was 2-for-2.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, but Life School cut it to 2-1 in the fourth. Glen Rose then tacked on its final two runs in the fifth before the Mustangs notched their final run in the bottom of the sixth.