Despite being out-hit 9-4, the Glen Rose Tigers managed to post a 4-3 win over District 7-4A foe Godley Tuesday night — the 400th career victory for Tigers head coach James Evans.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Evans, now in his 22nd season as a varsity high school baseball coach. “I couldn’t have done it without being surrounded by great athetes and great coaches.”
The win also kept the 14-6 Tigers in a tie with Brownwood for first place in district, at 2-0. Stephenville is 1-1, Godley 1-2, and Mineral Wells is 0-3.
Glen Rose won its district opener over Mineral Wells, 17-5, on March 26.
Evans didn’t get a Gatorade soaking after the win, but the game at hand was the focus.
“It was a big game,” Evans noted of the win over Godley, which was a state finalist last season. “It was a big win. Our guys competed and played hard.”
The Wildcats gained a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings, but the Tigers grabbed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third.
Godley tied it at 3-all with another run in the sixth, but an error by the Wildcats allowed the winning run to score.
Davis Shackelford was 2-for-4 at the plate for the Tigers, and drove in one run.
Teammate River Costello had the only other RBI for Glen Rose. Jadon Harper had the other base hit for GRHS.
Harper was the starting pitcher, but Michael Watson picked up the win in relief. In his five innings on the mound, Harper gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits, walking five and striking out six.
Watson yielded three hits in two innings, striking out five and walking five.
The Tigers were scheduled to play Friday, April 5 at Brownwood (varsity at 7 p.m.) as district play continues. Their next game is set for Tuesday, April 9 against Stephenvile (varsity at 7 p.m.).