Not only did the Glen Rose Lady Tigers have to open their season against a 4A school, they had to open it against a tough, left handed newcomer.
Glen Rose dropped its season opener to Stephenville, 5-0, last week.
“I thought we would hit the ball a little better,” said Glen Rose head coach Kiel Miller. “But, I thought for a season opener, with the girls we have, and they’re wearing themselves out getting better, I was tickled pink with what we did tonight.”
The offense struggled against Stephenville freshman Katelyn Conlee, earning only five hits, all one-baggers, and two walks.
Danielle Whitlock went 2-3 from the plate, including a bunt single in the sixth inning to set up a first and second situation, on which the Lady Tigers couldn’t capitalize.
Angelica Lisauckis and Caroline Barnes each went 1-3 from the dish.
Conlee went the distance for Stephenville, striking out 17 Lady Tigers.
“She’s a freshman, this was her first time,” said Stephenville head coach Wesley Bryson. “She’s gonna be the best in the conference next year, I think. She may even be this year. She has a good screwball, good drop ball and a good rise ball.”
Glen Rose hurler Jessie Calkins took the hard luck loss, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks, despite going the distance and racking up six strikeouts.
Calkins held Stephenville in check until the Honeybees tacked on three runs in the fourth inning. The Bees would add a single run in both the fifth and the seventh to reach the 5-0 mark.
“Jessie (Calkins) just got out of basketball, she’s only been out seven days,” said Miller. “For being in softball for only seven days, she pitched well. If you take away a couple of errors, it’s a 1-0 ballgame. Once her arm gets in shape, she’s not going to fall behind (in the counts) like that.”