Glen Rose softball concluded tournament play Saturday, March 1, as the march toward district play continues.
The Lady Tigers (4-15) suffered a tough loss to Comanche, 12-0. Comanche finished with more hits (13-8) and fewer errors (0-4).
“We made a bunch of mistakes,” said coach Kiel Miller. “We’re missing some players and it hurts against a team like Comanche, but we just didn’t play well – no excuses. It’s the first really bad game we’ve had in seven games, and hopefully it’s the last one of the year.”
Although Glen Rose had 11 strikeouts, six players registered at least one hit. Cheyenne Harton (double, single) and Kensy Massey (2 singles) led the way.
“Kensy did a pretty good job with a couple of hits against Comanche,” Miller said. “We’ve been working on technique and she’s making better contact with the ball right now.”
Other hitters included Sabrina Watson (single), Hannah Morales (single), Amber Ponce (single) and Sydney Stegint (single).
Taya Vasquez (7 IP, 12 R – 3 ER, 13 H, 1 W, 3 K) handled the pitching. Comanche hit two home runs in the win.
“Comanche is a good hitting team,” Miller said. “We had some plays in the outfield we didn’t make that cost us. A few pitches got away from Taya and Comanche hurt us.”
Glen Rose then run ruled Arlington Seguin 15-0. The Lady Tigers finished with more hits (8-2) and fewer errors (0-1).
“Seguin is struggling after their top pitcher broke her thumb on Thursday,” Miller said. “We faced a girl who hadn’t pitched in a year, and she struggled a lot. When she threw strikes, we hit it hard.
“We did what we were supposed to do and got the run rule. We played real well.”
Top hitters in the win were Taya Vasquez (2 singles), Harton (single, 4 RBIs) and Ponce (double, RBI). One of the Harton RBIs came from a bases-loaded walk.
“Cheyenne did well to clear the bases with a single,” Miller said. “Taya cooled off a bit as the tournament went on, so it was good to see her contacting the ball against Arlington Seguin. No matter who you’re playing, getting multiple hits is a confidence booster.
“Amber brings a lot of power and she runs well, so if she hits a gap she’ll come up with a double. She’d been struggling a little bit, so that hit was important for her.”
Other hitters were Morales (single, RBI), Claire Boswell (single, RBI), Madi Gibson (single), Stegint (single) and Massey (RBI).
“It’s a big deal to get some production out of the player you brought up from JV,” Miller said of Boswell. “Claire has battled for us when we’ve needed her. Recently, about 50 percent of the girls have been hitting well. We’ll be working to try to get that figure up to at least 80 percent.”
Morales (3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 K) handled the pitching duties. Glen Rose pitchers have rarely issued multiple walks in recent weeks.
“That’s what we’ve got to have,” Miller said. “When teams are hitting well, if we’re also walking batters, their numbers are gong to be even bigger. We need to make teams earn everything.
“I thought we pitched well in this tournament. We still need to eliminate the bad pitches that can turn into home runs, but you can win a lot of games when you’re not walking people and playing good defense.”
The Lady Tigers return to the field March 4 when they host Trinity Valley at 7 p.m.