Reporter Staff Report
A win, a save and 16 strikeouts on the mound plus a home run, a double and an RBI single at the plate.
All in a week's work for Derek Thompson, who led Glen Rose to back-to-back wins on the District 12-3A baseball diamond last week.
Thompson struck out 13 batters in a complete game effort on Tuesday, leading the Tigers to an 8-2 defeat of Hillsboro, and struck out the side in the seventh inning after relieving starter Dylan Mobly to close the book on West in a 9-5 GRHS road win on Saturday.
Glen Rose fell behind early after allowing Hillsboro a first inning run, but came back to take control with five unanswered tallies.
Mobly tripled in the bottom of the second and came around to score on a single by Ty Taylor.
In the third, the Tigers broke the 1-1 tie when Eliot Clerke and Trent Manning both singled and came around to score on a Tyler Douglas double.
Glen Rose stretched its lead to 5-1 in the fourth, picking up runs from Thompson and Colt Plaster. Thompson doubled, then scored on Plaster's single. Plaster crossed the plate moments later on a double steal.
Hillsboro cut the deficit to 5-2 in the fifth, but the Tigers blew the game open with a three-run sixth inning.
Thompson began the frame with his solo shot, and it only got better for GRHS. Taylor singled and advanced to second on an error, before another base knock by Plaster moved him to third. He was tagged out going home, but Plaster moved to second. Clerke then reached on another Hillsboro error, which allowed Plaster to score. Clerke would later add another run on the Tigers' second double steal of the contest.
The Tigers jumped all over West in the early going, scoring a run in the second and three in the third. Back-to-back doubles by Taylor and Clerke began the scoring, then in the next frame, Teague walked and scored on a Mobly single, and Mobly later crossed the plate on a hit by Clerke. Thompson, who walked, made it 4-0 when he sprinted home on a passed ball.
West cut the gap to 4-1 in the bottom half of the third, and the score held through the fourth and fifth.
In the sixth, everything changed, as the teams combined for nine runs, five by Glen Rose. The Tigers appeared to have blown the game open in the top of the inning when Betsill, Mobly and Thompson all singled to go with doubles by Manning and Teague. A dropped third strike on what would have been the final out also helped, as the Tigers tacked on their final run.
Mobly finally ran into trouble on the hill for the Tigers in the sixth, when five walks helped West to four runs. He struck out two batters, however, including one to end the inning with GRHS still up by four.
Thompson handled clean-up duties in the seventh, setting two batters down on swinging third strikes before catching the last looking. He did allow a single in the inning, but the runner never made it to scoring position.