Colt Plaster and Derek Thompson led to the Glen Rose Runnin’ Tigers to a 2-0 start in District 7-3A with wins from the bump last week.
“In baseball, any team can beat anybody on any given day, and (the 2-0 start) takes a little bit of the pressure off in the second round,” said Toney. “We play our three top competitors on the road in the first round and if we can take two out of three — of course I’d like to win all three — it’ll take the pressure off heading into the second round.”
Plaster earned the “W” for the Tigers, tossing five innings, in the 4-3 win against the Whitney Wildcats on Tuesday.
He allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks, while sitting four down on strikes.
“Colt started slow,” said Toney. “But, of course, he hadn’t had a whole lot of work from the mound. He was all around the strike zone early, but once he started getting the ball down in the zone, he was much more effective.”
RJ Nowak came on in relief of Plaster, tossing an inning and a third and striking out three of the four batters he retired.
Derek Thompson polished off the win by striking out the final two batters of the game.
From the dish, Glen Rose got just enough offense to get the job done..
Jacob Goebel went 2-3 from the plate with a double, a run scored and an RBI, while Shelby Junge added a base knock and an RBI.
Thompson provided, what would turn out to be, the difference maker with a solo home run as his only hit of the night.
“Whitney’s pitcher was good, but we weren’t patient at all,” said Toney. “After three innings, I think he’d only thrown like 30 pitches.”
Things were a little different for Glen Rose when they traveled to “The Ville” on Friday where they delivered a 12-2 thrashing of the hosting Gatesville Hornets.
Thompson and Goebel went a combined 4-7 from the dish with two RBIs from Thompson and three RBIs from Goebel.
Junge continued to hit the ball well, going 2-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
“(Junge)’s been hitting the ball much better, of late,” said Toney. “And they’re coming at clutch times.”
Kevin Brooks and Plaster also drove in a run each, while Nowak drove in two.
As has been the case all season, Thompson took the mound and was nearly untouchable.
Thompson got the win against the Hornets in a complete game, one-hitter. He allowed three walks and struck out nine.
The Hornets were able, however, to accomplish something that no other team who has faced Thompson this season has done — score an earned run.
“He did an excellent job, and I think what’s helping is his new changeup,” said Toney. “He’s working on a changeup and he used that thing on Friday. They have some lefties in their lineup who like to sit back on fastballs. He was able to get some weak ground balls and threw a few past some good hitters.”
Glen Rose visited China Spring on Tuesday, and will be at home to face Hillsboro on April 3 with the first pitch at approximately 7:30 p.m.