Every baseball fan knows, the game is won and lost from the pitcher’s mound.
Inconsistency from Glen Rose’s mound troops caused the Tigers to drop three of their final five pre-district games.
“(Our pitching) has been a real concern this year because of the inconsistency,” said head coach Kenny Toney. “One day we’ll go out and really struggle then the next day we pitch really well. For instance, Immanuel (Morales) has had some not-so-good outings this year, but, in the game he threw against Lampasas the other day, they couldn’t touch him. It’s been the same with Colt (Plaster). I just don’t know which pitcher is going to show up each day.”
The untouchable showed up in tournament play against Lampasas in the first of the five-game span, and the Tigers’ cruised to a 20-0 win behind RJ Nowak’s complete game gem.
Nowak went four innings, allowing no hits and one walk while striking out six.
From the dish, Ty Taylor and Regan Rotan each went 2-4 with a double, driving in two and three respectively.
Curry Mapes went 3-3 from the plate with three runs scored and an RBI. Shelby Junge also hit 1.000 on the day going 1-1 with three runs and an RBI.
Nowak and Kevin Brooks each recorded a pair of hits and Brooks added a team high four RBIs for the afternoon.
Morales and Plaster each had one hit.
In the second game of the tourney, Glen Rose met Liberty Christian’s JV squad and fell 14-3.
Baker Ingram took the hill and struggled through two innings allowing, six runs (four earned) on five hits.
Nowak provided the small offensive spark with a home run in his two RBI, two hit day. Brooks and Plaster also had one hit each.
In the tournament finale, the Tigers were dropped 9-4 by Iowa Park.
Plaster had trouble locating his pitches, allowing six walks in five and two-thirds innings. Those struggles forced Toney to pull the senior despite allowing only one earned run and striking out eight batters.
Iowa Park got the win against Mapes who came on the pitch the final two and two-thirds innings. Mapes allowed seven runs (three earned) on eight hits.
Rotan went 3-4 with a run scored, Plaster 1-5 with two RBIs and Dylan Rodriguez added a pair of singles from the plate.
Glen Rose got back in the win column with an 8-2 win against Lampasas.
Morales took the hill and pitched five innings of shutout baseball. Lampasas got two unearned runs off Tyler Tongate, who replaced Morales for the final two frames.
Plaster and Taylor each went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Brooks was 1-2 with a run and a ribbie.
In their final tune-up, Glen Rose fell 6-2 to Waco Robinson on Friday.
Each of the Tigers’ three primary pitchers got work with Nowak earning the starting nod.
Nowak lasted two innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits before giving way to Morales, who tossed two innings of one-run baseball on two hits.
Plaster finished the game with two shutout innings.
Taylor went 3-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Plaster and Brooks each went 1-3.
The Tigers began district play on Tuesday in Whitney and will return home Friday to face Gatesville with the first pitch set for 7:30 p.m.