Glen Rose isn’t shying away from challenges on the softball field.
The Lady Tigers (3-14) took on 4A opponents Granbury and Joshua in the Granbury Tournament Friday, Feb. 28.
“Joshua is a good 4A ballclub, as is Granbury,” said coach Kiel Miller. “Along with Brock, those are probably the best three teams we’ve played this year. The girls performed well where we got up on Joshua early and held the lead for (three innings).”
Glen Rose first took on Granbury in a 9-4 loss. Granbury finished with more hits (12-3) and fewer errors (0-2). Offensive contributors in the loss were Madi Gibson (single, RBI), Hannah Morales (double), Sydney Stegint (double) and Sierra Armstrong (RBI). Gibson and Morales each repeated their production against Joshua.
“Madi is still trying to develop consistency at the plate, so for her to have a hit and an RBI in each game is a confidence booster,” Miller said. “It was good to see Hannah get a couple of extra-base hits on the day to break out of a slump. She wasn’t far from two home runs.”
Taya Vasquez (4 IP, 9 R – 6 ER, 12 H, 1 W, 6 K) handled the pitching duties.
“Taya pitched well against Granbury, but we didn’t make all the plays defensively,” Miller said.
Glen Rose led Joshua 3-1 after three innings, but the bigger school rallied to win 8-7. Joshua had more hits (14-6) and fewer errors (2-5). The Lady Tigers were without a few players, including leading hitter Destenie Lewis.
“Destenie was at home sick (Friday), so I brought Claire Boswell up from JV to play shortstop,” Miller said. “It’s a different game than JV, and she had a couple of mistakes that Joshua capitalized on, but I was proud of her for jumping in there. She did have a bunt single to help us try to rally in our last at bat.”
Offensive contributors against Joshua included Stegint (double, single, RBI), Gibson (single, RBI), Morales (double), Boswell (single), Kensy Massey (single) and Amber Ponce (RBI).
“Sydney bounced back from some earlier struggles in the tourney with an excellent game against Joshua,” Miller said. “The double against Granbury got her going.”
Trailing 8-3 in the last inning, Glen Rose plated four and nearly came all the way back.
“The most important thing was putting the ball in play,” Miller said. “We got their pitcher rattled a little bit and capitalized on some of their mistakes. I sent Taya home on a (teammate’s) single to centerfield and she got thrown out on a pretty good play to end the game, but it took a perfect throw.”
Morales (6 IP, 8 R – 1 ER, 14 H) handled the pitching duties.
“Hannah and Taya are both keeping their walks down, and that’s what we’re looking for,” the coach said. “Because we didn’t have our full roster, several girls played new positions and did a good job, but it also explains some of the miscues we did have at times. We have to adapt and overcome adversity.”
The Lady Tigers face Comanche at 9 a.m. Saturday in the tournament and then play one more game with the opponent TBD.