As expected, pitching was a plus-plus factor when the Glen Rose High School baseball team began regular-season play last week, when they won three of their four games in the Gary T. Balch Classic in Everman.
And, after Tuesday night’s 3-0 home victory over Hamilton, make that plus-plus-plus as coach James Evans’ Tigers moved to 4-1 on the young season.
Both Michael Watson and Davis Shackelford posted no-hit shutout pitching victories for the Tigers in the Everman tournament. Then on Tuesday night Jadon Harper and Watson combined to record a three-hit, seven-inning shutout in the single non-district game win over Hamilton.
“I was real pleased with our pitching,” Evans said. “Michael Watson and Davis Shackelford both threw a no-hitter shutout. The rest of the pitching staff did a great job, too.
“It was good to get to play four games and get some quality at-bats. We still have things that we can improve on, but I was pleased with how our boys competed this weekend.”
The Tigers were scheduled to play host to their annual Harley “Hogg” Sinclair Tournament at the GRHS field, March 5-7.
They will also play at home on Tuesday, taking on Dublin (varsity at 11 a.m., no junior varsity game). Glen Rose Schools will be out for spring break next week, and students will also have Monday, March 16 off to enjoy a “bad weather day” that was not used. So all campuses will return to regular hours on Tuesday, March 17.
In Tuesday’s win over Hamilton, Watson drove in three runs, and Shackelford hit a two-run home run for the Tigers in the first inning. Ricky Douglas also drove in a run, and Harper went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Harper got the win on the mound, giving up two hits and striking out six in four innings. Watson worked three innings in relief and allowed only one hit while striking out seven.
Thursday, the first game of the tournament in Everman was also the season opener for the Tigers. Glen Rose lost a heartbreaker, 2-1 when Crowley broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the sixth inning. Ashton Smith drove in Douglas with the only run for the Tigers.
Watson recorded his no-hitter in the next game of the tournament, 10-0 over Terrell in five innings. The Tigers recorded five hits, with Shackelford and Harper driving in two runs apiece. One RBI was credited to Smith, Jake Gilbreath and Bryson Klein for the Tigers.
Shackelford’s no-hitter was next in the tournament, when the Tigers defeated Fort Worth Western Hills, 10-0, also in five innings. Harper and Gilbreath drove in three runs each, and Smith had two RBI while Kanyon Keese drove in one.
The Tigers’ final game in that tournament was a 9-5 win over Castleberry, as both Shackelford and Harper unloaded three-run homer to lead the offensive attack. One RBI each came from Douglas, Gilbreath and Watson in that game.