The roller coaster ride that is the Glen Rose Tigers’ baseball season continued last week.
Just when the Tigers thought their season was looking up with a 9-run defeat of China Spring, things took a turn for the worse with a shutout loss to Hillsboro Friday.
After Glen Rose was run-ruled at home by Gatesville to even its district record at 1-1, the China Spring Cougars made the trip in a pivotal game — and the Tigers responded well.
China Spring jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Immanuel Morales and the Tigers in the top of the third, but the Glen Rose offense answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Curry Mapes started the inning with a double. After a Kevin Brooks walk, Reagan Rotan lined a 2-RBI single up the middle to take the lead.
With Rotan on second, China Spring walked the bases loaded and then gave RJ Nowak a free pass to score Rotan.
The momentum swayed heavily in Glen Rose’s favor in the top of the fourth.
With two down and runners on second and third, a China Spring hitter was called safe because the field umpire ruled that the throw from Rotan pulled Nowak off the bag at first.
But in a major turning point, the home plate umpire overruled the call, and the side was retired with the third out.
China Spring was shut out the rest of the way and the Tigers rolled to seven runs over the fifth and sixth innings to cruise to the 10-1 win.
Morales went six innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and seven walks while striking out 12.
Baker Ingram pitched the final frame, allowing a leadoff base hit then retiring the side with two strikeouts.
Mapes and Dylan Rodriguez each had two hits. Mapes, a freshman, had a double, a single and a run scored. Rodriguez, a senior outfielder had two singles, a walk, two runs scored and 3 RBIs.
Nowak went 1-3 from the plate with a walk, a double and a team high 4 RBIs.
Rotan and Plaster each had a single. Rotan had 2 RBIs and two runs while Plaster added another run.
On Friday, the roller coaster took a nose dive when Hillsboro posted a 2-0, one-hit shutout of the Tigers on the road.
Nowak pitched 6-2/3 thirds innings, allowing two unearned runs on eight hits. Ingram got the final out.
The only piece of offense was a Mapes double.
The Tigers hosted district-favorite West on Tuesday and Whitney on Friday. The first pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.