After a close win and a tight loss to open the season, Lady Tiger softball enjoyed an old-fashioned tail whipping on Tuesday night.
Glen Rose (2-1) scored at least four runs in three different innings to throttle Fort Worth South Hills 17-4. The game actually ended due to inclement weather with Glen Rose batting in the top of the seventh.
"I'd say South Hills is the weakest team we've played so far," said coach Kiel Miller. "They were really young. The pitcher threw strikes, but she didn't have much velocity and we really got rolling after everyone saw her once."
The Lady Tigers finished with more hits (18-5) and fewer errors (0-5).
"It's huge that we made no errors," Miller said. "They got us beat against Dublin, and could've cost us against Godley. It's been a focus for us, and hopefully we build off of this game. (South Hills) put the ball in play and our defense had to make plays."
Madison Calvert (3 IP, 4 R – 4 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K) got the start in the circle and then Hannah Morales (3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 K) came on in relief.
"Madison was doing well, then her shoulder started hurting a little bit and I pulled her for Hannah," the coach said. "Hannah's change of speed threw them for a loop once again. (One walk allowed) is big because walks have hurt us a bit early on. It's very encouraging."
The coach also credited Morales' defense.
"Hannah did outstanding with a diving stab on a hard shot to throw a girl out at first base, and then Madi (Gibson) got the ball over to Amber (Ponce) at third for a double play to end the inning," Miller said.
South Hills scored three in the first and one in the second before going silent.
"South Hills played well early and got a home run in their first for all three runs," Miller said.
Top hitters in the win included Destiny Ponce (triple, double, single, 2 RBIs), Amber Ponce (3 doubles, RBI), Morales (double, 2 singles), Cheyenne Harton (double, single, 4 RBIs) and Alex Dahl (2 singles, RBI).
"Destiny was smoking the ball," Miller said. "Amber has progressed each year and she hit the ball hard three times in the gap. I held her up on a potential triple late in the game. Hannah is doing a great job of hitting for a freshman, but she does have quite a bit of experience.
"Cheyenne did a great job (Tuesday), especially at the plate. The great thing was how she hit with runners in scoring position, and that's what we failed to do against Dublin. She played well at first base, too."
Other hitters included Kelsy Massey (double, 2 RBIs), Sydney Stegint (double, 2 RBIs), Kensy Massey (single, RBI), Calvert (single) and Madi Gibson (single).
"Madi had one day of practice coming in, and she definitely has the potential to be a player," Miller said. "It was exciting to see her step up in her first varsity game."
The Lady Tigers will open their Glen Rose Tournament on Thursday at noon against Meridian and then take on Mart at 5:15 p.m.
"We're really excited about our tournament this year, and one of our goals is to win it," Miller said. "Mart has given us fits in the last three years, so they're in our crosshairs. It will be a good indicator of where we're at."