After a rough start to its Harley “Hogg” Sinclair Memorial Tournament, Tiger baseball scored a big win.
Glen Rose (3-6) bounced back on the heels of losses to Waco Connally and Rio Vista with an impressive victory over Crawford Friday, Feb. 28.
The day began with an 8-7 loss to Waco Connally. Both teams finished with seven hits and the Tigers had more errors (7-6).
“That was a missed opportunity for us,” said coach Kenny Toney. “Sometimes it’s hard to overcome four walks and seven errors. We left a lot of runners in scoring position, and it hurts not to capitalize because they walked us 10 times. If you’re going to make those mistakes when they’re batting, then you need to score at every opportunity.”
Offensive contributors included Trey Yocham (triple, RBI), Colten Lane (single, RBI), Hayden Holder (single, RBI), Layne McAnear (single, RBI), Jayton Dillard (triple), Chance Nabours (single), Peyton Lytle (single) and Dylan Whitlock (RBI). Yocham added another triple later in the day.
“Trey has been consistent at the plate this season,” Toney said. “He’s done a very good job.”
Pitchers for Glen Rose were Dillard (4 IP, 6 R – 1 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K), Lane (2/3 IP, 1 R – 0 ER, 2 W, 1 K) and McAnear (1 1/3 IP, 2 R – 0 ER, 2 H, 2 K).
The Tigers then lost a high-scoring matchup against Rio Vista 10-8. Each team had 11 hits and Glen Rose made more errors (4-2). Popups were a problem offensively, as Glen Rose had just one ground ball out after the first inning.
“We just have to get better at keeping our hands above the ball and get the ball on the ground,” Toney said.
Dylan Hammond was outstanding with a double, 3 singles and an RBI.
“That’s what you want to see, as far as how he’s putting the ball in play,” the coach said.
Other contributors include Lane (2 singles), Holder (single, 2 RBIs), Dillard (single, RBI), Yocham (triple), Reece Nickell (single), Lytle (single) and McAnear (RBI).
Pitchers included Nabours (1 2/3 IP, 4 R – 3 ER, 4 H, 4 W, 1 K), Lytle (1 2/3 IP, 3 R – 2 ER, 3 H, 4 W, 2 K), McAnear (1 2/3 IP, 2 R – 2 ER, 4 H) and Carlin Linnabery (2 IP, 1 R – 0 ER, 1 W, 2 K).
“You have to throw strikes and then make plays behind your pitcher,” Toney said in reference to nine walks and four errors. “Carlin did a nice job when he came in to pitch. Peyton did a pretty good job. He hasn’t had any work yet, and for all of our pitchers we just need to get the ball down.”
Glen Rose threw out three runners in the game, including one by Hammond at catcher.
“Hammond hasn’t had a whole lot of time behind the plate and there are some things we have to work on, but he’s doing a good job,” Toney said.
In the 6-5 victory over Crawford, Glen Rose finished with fewer hits (5-8) and errors (1-2). The Tigers went up 1-0 in the fifth, pushed the lead to 6-1 in the sixth and then held on in the seventh.
“I think Crawford looked like the best team in this tournament coming into this game,” Toney said. “Anytime you can get a win against a quality team like that, it should build your confidence.”
Offensive contributors in the win were Halcom (single, 2 RBIs), Hammond (single, RBI), Holder (single), Yocham (single), Whitlock (single) and Dillard (RBI).
Halcom’s RBI squeeze bunt in the fifth put Glen Rose up 1-0.
“That’s Halcom’s second squeeze bunt to get down this season and he executes it perfectly,” Toney said. “Those were two big RBIs he had to win this game.”?Hammond had the first Tiger hit in the third inning.
“Hammond has a nice and easy stroke up there and he just puts it in play,” Toney said.
Pitchers for the Tigers were Lane (4 IP, 0 R, 4 H) and Hammond (3 IP, 5 R – 1 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 2 HBP).
“Colten threw strikes and gave us an opportunity,” Toney said. “He didn’t give them any extra base runners and our defenders stayed on their toes.”
Hammond endured three hits, a walk, two hit batters and an error in the seventh, as he forced a popup to Yocham at first base with the bases loaded to seal the win.
“Dylan hadn’t had any work on the mound until now, but I really needed him in this one,” Toney said.
Shortstop Holder was busy and sharp in the field.
“Holder had a really good game defensively, and I think the fact our pitchers threw strikes most of the way helped him stay in a groove,” the coach said. “Crawford swings the bat well, but we found a way to win.”
The Tigers return to the field at 9 a.m. Saturday to conclude their tourney action this season.