The JV Tigers got their season rolling on Friday in the Grandview Tournament, as they grabbed a big win and were dealt a tough loss.
Glen Rose (1-1) rolled over Blooming Grove 9-1 and then lost to Alvarado 5-1.
“I think we did okay,” said coach Fred Cordova. “We’re making a lot of mistakes, which is to be expected right now. Our execution needs to improve, and it will as we go. Alvarado is a more experienced team than Blooming Grove, and they’ll be tough in our other meetings with them this year.”
Against Blooming Grove, Glen Rose finished with more hits (9-4) and fewer errors (1-2). The Tigers led 9-0 after three innings. Pitchers included Colten Reeves (3 IP, 0 R, H, 4 K) and Cody Halcom (3 IP, R – ER, 3 H, W, 3 K).
“Reeves is a guy with varsity potential,” Cordova said. “He did a great job of keeping batters off-balance with his breaking ball and changeup. When Cody settled down and found the strike zone, he got a lot of batters to chase his breaking ball.”
Halcom hit two doubles, while Reeves had a two-RBI double.
“Colten and Cody are both older players,” Cordova said. “Their pitch selection is pretty good and they both produced.”
Other hitters of note were Stone Costello (2 singles, RBI) and Dylan Hammond (2 singles, RBI). Costello went 2-2.
“Stone came through at the plate and made several big catches in the outfield,” Cordova said.
In the Alvarado game, Glen Rose finished with fewer hits (1-8) and more errors (2-1). Alvarado led 4-0 before Glen Rose scored in the bottom of the third.
“We hit a lot of weak ground balls in that game and were out in front too often,” the coach said. “I will take that over guys not swinging the bat or striking out though.”
Hammond (3 IP, 4 R – 3 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 3 HBP, 4 K) got the start on the hill, and then Layne McAnear (3 IP, R – ER, 4 H, 3 K) took over.
“McAnear stepped up when he took the mound,” Cordova said. “He really hit his spots with his fastball and curveball, plus he kept the ball down in the zone.”
Halcom broke up the no-hit bid for the Alvarado pitcher with a double. Glen Rose scored when Nolan Fowler walked, stole second, reached third on a passed ball and came home on an error.
“We talked about letting the ball travel between innings,” Cordova said. “Their pitcher was pretty good – you have to give him credit – and we just weren’t making solid contact, but Cody let the ball travel and he turned on it for a double. Nobody wants a no-hitter against them on the first day, so that was good.”
The JV Tigers return to the tourney on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. to face Wortham in the third-place game.