After starting 2-0 in District 7-3A play, Glen Rose continued its dominance with impressive victories over China Spring and Hillsboro last week.
The Tigers laid a 14-3 beat down to China Spring on Tuesday with Colt Plaster to the bump against the Cougars, who were the preseason No. 2 seed out of 7-3A.
After a rocky start, Plaster went four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four.
“(Plaster) struggled a little bit in that first inning, but he eventually got his pitches down and was effective,” said head coach Kenny Toney. “At the start of the game, I didn’t think he’d make it four innings, but when we got that 10-run lead I knew it was time to bring in Derek (Thompson) to shut the door.”
And shut the door he did.
Thompson sat the Cougars down in order in the bottom of the fifth with two of the three outs coming on Ks.
From the dish, Glen Rose saw significant production from the top and heart of the order.
Reagan Rotan went 3-4 with two runs scored, while Ty Taylor followed suit two holes later going 1-4 with a double, a fielder’s choice, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Thompson was a dinger shy of the cycle going 3-4 with a single, double, triple and two ribbies from the cleanup spot, while Jacob Goebel also went 3-4 with three driven in from the five slot.
“(We) went up there being very selective but aggressive,” said Toney. “We didn’t help the pitcher out. We hit the ball up the middle or to right field, unless it was an inside pitch. At this age, a lot of pitchers don’t pitch inside too often, so we work on hitting the ball where it’s pitched. They did a very good job of going with the pitch.”
Glen Rose returned to the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium on Friday and earned a 6-3 win against Hillsboro.
Immanuel Morales was the story in this one, tossing six innings to earn the win. Morales allowed two hits, walked three and allowed no earned runs. He struck out seven Eagles.
“(Morales) did a pretty good job,” said Toney. “About halfway through the game, I turned to Coach Wheeler and said, ‘He’s not throwing like he’s capable of throwing.’ So when he came off after the inning I asked him, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘Well, they’re not hitting it.’ I told him to start throwing like he’s capable of and he was untouchable. He showed off a good curve ball that dropped off the table. It was a good outing for him.”
Once again, Thompson came in and slammed the door shut with a three up, three down inning by striking out the side.
Plaster cranked a solo homer from the plate, while Taylor went 2-2 with an RBI.
RJ Nowak and Shelby Junge each had a double in the contest.
On Tuesday, Glen Rose finished the first round of district action when they traveled to West to face the district favorite Trojans.
Thompson was expected to get the start.
“(West) was picked to win the district, China Spring was picked second and we were third,” said Toney. “If we can go there and make a clean sweep of our three district out of town games, that would be great.”
“I tell the team there is no reason we can’t be the district champs, and a win in West is just one step closer,” continued Toney.
For coverage of Tuesday's game at West as well as this Friday's road meeting with Whitney, see the April 16 edition of The Reporter.