After an unfortunate run-in with Hillsboro on April 2, the Glen Rose Tigers found themselves sitting in a third place tie with the Eagles entering the final game of the first round of District 7-3A action on Tuesday.
“That (Hillsboro loss) really didn’t do a whole lot, at that point,” said head coach Kenny Toney. “It put us in a tie for third but what’s important is the second round.
West 9, Glen Rose 4
The first round of district action came to a close April 6 when the Tigers hosted the district-leading West Trojans and fell 9-4.
The Tigers answered West’s two-run, top of the second with a three-run bottom half of the inning.
RJ Nowak connected for a two-run double to score Immanuel Morales and Dylan Rodriguez, then Curry Mapes brought Nowak home to take a 3-2 lead after two.
Glen Rose opened the flood gates in the third inning, allowing five runs on four errors to give West a lead the Trojans would never relinquish.
The Trojans added one run each in the sixth and seventh off Glen Rose miscues to complete their scoring.
Colt Plaster’s seventh inning RBI single to score Collin Lane provided the final tally.
Morales went the distance from the mound, allowing three earned runs on four walks and eight hits while striking out six Trojans.
Glen Rose 18, Whitney 0
If the mercy rule didn’t declare a minimum of five innings, the Tigers-Wildcats matchup would have been over a lot sooner Friday night.
The Tigers ended a two-game losing skid by steamrolling bottom-dwelling Whitney 18-0 in five innings.
“(Our offense) was a combination of us being patient at the plate and Whitney having no pitching,” said Toney. “I told the guys, sometimes it’s harder to hit a less-talented pitcher because you have to wait a lot longer to get a pitch to hit.”
Reagan Rotan went 3-3 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs from the leadoff spot while Plaster went 3-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs from the two hole.
Ty Taylor drove in six runs on the night, scored one and went 3-3 from the dish with a double.
“Ty (Taylor) really needed a game like this,” said Toney. “He was due. Hopefully this game can get his confidence back up to where we need it to be and he can go to Gatesville and China Spring and keep it up.”
Nowak also had a big night, going 3-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Kevin Brooks and Mapes each went 1-1 with two walks and three runs scored. Brooks drove in two while Mapes drove in one.
Plaster pitched three innings, allowing Whitney’s only two hits while striking out four.
Baker Ingram pitched two innings of flawless relief with three K’s.
The Tigers tried to avenge a 13-2 loss to Gatesville when they hit the road to play the Hornets on Tuesday and will play China Spring on the road at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. See the April 21 edition of The Reporter for a full report.