In its last game of the Harley “Hogg” Sinclair Memorial Tournament, Tiger baseball succumbed to a fast start by Fort Worth Castleberry.
Glen Rose (3-7) fell behind 7-2 through two innings on the way to a 9-2 loss Saturday, March 1. Castleberry finished with more hits (13-5) and fewer errors (1-4).
“Castleberry is well-coached and you have to play well to beat them,” said coach Kenny Toney. “You can’t give up 13 hits, make four errors and even the three walks we allowed are a problem when combined with those other issues. We need to throw more strikes and work the corners better than we did (Saturday).
“We have to cut down the errors. Four is too many when the other team has that many hits. Castleberry swings the bat pretty well.”
Hitters for the Tigers included Colten Lane (single, RBI), Chance Nabours (single), Cody Halcom (single), Hayden Holder (single) and Dylan Hammond (single).
Nabours (2 IP, 7 R – 6 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 1 K) got the start on the mound.
“They go up on us 7-2, but it wasn’t too big of a deficit in the second inning if you can put some hits together,” Toney said. “We just never could get anything going offensively.”
Halcom took the mound and did enough to give his team a chance to rally had the Tiger offense been up to the task.
“Cody pitched well,” Toney said. “I hadn’t thought about pitching him until now and he hasn’t had any work, but with all our recent games the time was right. I just asked him to do the best he can, and he kept the ball down and threw a lot of strikes. Of the 62 pitches he threw, 43 were strikes and that’s pretty good.”
The pre-district schedule may not have gone the way the Tigers hoped, but district play has arrived. Glen Rose will host Stephenville March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve played all the games so far to try to get ready for district and help me see what our best lineup is,” Toney said. “Now these games count, and a win Tuesday would make all our previous games irrelevant.”
Lane will take the mound Tuesday.
“If Colten will come in and throw like he did against Crawford (Friday) and we play defense like we did in that game, the key will be to manufacture some runs like we did late against Crawford,” Toney said in reference to the best win of the season. “I feel good knowing we’re capable of putting a game together to beat a team of Crawford’s quality.”