Tuesday night’s contest in Hillsboro was simply a business trip for Tiger baseball.
Glen Rose (12-9, 6-2) scored in each of its last six at bats on the way to a 12-4 victory. The Tigers finished with more hits (12-5) and fewer errors (2-3). Glen Rose did trail 1-0 after the first inning before scoring eight in the next three.
“It took us a little bit to get going, and you hate to be down to anybody,” said coach Kenny Toney. “Hillsboro has been struggling this year, but if you let those types of teams stick around they can come back to bite you. I was glad to see us get going and put it away.”
Preston Shuffield (6 IP, 2 R – ER, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K) got the start and Colten Lane (IP, 2 R – 0 ER, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K) got the save.
“Preston settled down after about the third inning or so,” Toney said. “He hadn’t thrown from the mound in a while, so it was good to see him finally get in a groove. I wanted to get him some work, and we also got Colten an inning.”
Top hitters included Cody Burtscher (triple, double, 2 RBIs), Austin Gibson (2 singles, RBI) and Chance Nabours (2 singles, RBI).
“Cody was trying to pull the ball until his last at bat, when he hit the ball hard to right field for the triple,” Toney said. “Austin managed to put the ball in play where defenders weren’t, and we’ll take it. Chance battled at the plate and got hits with two strikes on him. Like Austin, the key was putting the ball in play and I was glad to see it.”
Other hitters were Taylor Hansen (2 singles), Hayden Holder (single, 2 RBIs), Lane (single, RBI), Hayden Bach (single) and Shuffield (single).
Catcher Curry Mapes continued his strong defensive campaign.
“Curry had another good game behind the plate and picked a guy off at first,” Toney said.
The Tigers will seek their third win in a row on Friday in Stephenville at 7:30 p.m.
“We really can’t afford a loss on Friday if we want to keep pace with Alvarado for the district lead,” Toney said. “We have to take care of business in Stephenville.”