Lady Tigers pound 2A Gorman

TYE CHANDLER sports@theglenrosereporter.com
Taya Vasquez leads the offense against Gorman with three singles and a RBI. The senior also pitched two scoreless innings.

With their home tourney cancelled due to bad weather, the Lady Tigers were happy to get back on their field March 3.

Glen Rose (4-2) scored in every inning on the way to a 13-3 run-rule win over 2A Gorman. The Lady Tigers had more hits (10-5) and fewer errors (1-6).

"When we score in every inning, we're going to be in every game," said coach Kiel Miller. "We struggled a little early in terms of making contact, but through the later innings we really picked it up with solid contact."

Taya Vasquez led the offense with three singles and an RBI.

"Taya did a good job hitting the ball," Miller said. "You have to put the ball in play and make them field it, especially on a night like (Tuesday) where the ball is wet coming off the ground."

Page Green (double, single, 2 RBIs) and Sabrina Watson (triple, single) also had multiple hits. Other offensive contributors were Kensy Massey (double, RBI), Madi Gibson (single, RBI), Aubrey Starnes (single, RBI) and Destenie Lewis (RBI).

Vasquez (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K) got the start in the circle, while K.K. Aper (3 IP, 3 R - 3 ER, 5 H, 2 W, HBP, 2 K) came on in relief.

"We're working Taya back in good condition, but we're taking it slow so she doesn't have a setback," Miller said. "It will be a continual thing, and hopefully we can get her pitch count up in some Granbury Tournament games to get ready for district."

Vasquez struck out two and caught a bloop bunt in the top of the first. Glen Rose went up 2-0 in the home first behind a Vasquez RBI single and a passed ball, plus Gorman made at least one error in every inning.

Vasquez accounted for two outs in the Gorman second, while right fielder Starnes hauled in a high fly in extremely dense fog.

"Aubrey did a solid job on a high ball that was hard to see," Miller said.

In the home second, Glen Rose made it 5-0 thanks to a Starnes RBI single with a second run in on an error, as well as a Green RBI double.

"Page is doing a good job of hitting the ball," Miller said.

Aper faced just four batters in the Gorman third. Glen rose pushed the lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the third as Vasquez walked and a throwing error on a Brittany Miller grounder brought the run home.

Gorman mustered three hits in the fourth, including a three-RBI double (6-3). Centerfielder Watson threw out a runner at second base on a force, while catcher Green got the final out by chasing down a wild pitch and diving for a tag at the plate.

"We preach sacrificing your body if needed to make a play, and that's what Page did," Miller said. "Page dove into the girl's feet at home, and it was an outstanding hustle play."

The Lady Tigers rolled up six runs in the home fourth (12-3), thanks to Watson (triple), Green (RBI single), Lewis (RBI fly, safe and second run on error), Vasquez (single), Miller (ground ball, 2 runs on error) and Massey (RBI double). Watson also singled in the inning.

"Sabrina hit the triple really hard and drove it over the outfielder's head," Miller said of the triple. "You look for your leadoff hitter to get on base and allow the girls behind her to move her around. Kensy did a great job of being coachable and drove the ball to the gap."

Aper kept Gorman off the board in the fifth. She struck out one before shortstop Lewis fielded a ground ball and fired it home to Green, who then fired a strike to Vasquez at first base for a bases-loaded double play.

"We practice all the crazy scenarios, so when it does happen we know exactly what we're going to do," Miller said. "We work on throwing home and making the catcher do something quick. K.K. did a good job of keeping them off-balance and not giving up too many hits. She allowed our defense to make plays, and we're playing pretty solid defense right now."

After Lewis reached base on an error to open the home fifth, Vasquez singled and Gibson added an RBI single to bring about the run rule.

Weather permitting, Glen Rose will open play in the Granbury Tournament March 5 at 2 p.m. and then 4 p.m.

"I didn't know anything about Gorman, but I'm glad we got a game in because it's been awhile," Miller said.