Lady Tigers edge out Tolar, 9-8

TYE CHANDLER sports@theglenrosereporter.com
Freshman Sydney Lozier is sharp at second base against Midland Greenwood.

Although the Granbury Tournament was cancelled, Lady Tiger softball still managed to get a couple of games in March 6.

Glen Rose defeated Tolar 9-8 before a 7-4 loss to Midland Greenwood. The Lady Tigers gave up a five-run inning in each ballgame.

"Those big innings (allowed) weren't really about what we did," said coach Kiel Miller. "They got up there and hit the ball to string some hits together and score. We have to try to eliminate it, but they also put the ball where we weren't."

Against Tolar, Glen Rose finished with more hits (10-9) and fewer errors (2-4). The Lady Tigers scored in four of five at bats, leading 8-3 before Tolar's big inning.

Hitters against Tolar included Taya Vasquez (3 singles, RBI), Page Green (double, single), Brittany Miller (single, RBI), Madi Gibson (single, RBI), Destenie Lewis (single, RBI), Sydney Lozier (single, RBI) and Sabrina Watson (single). Lewis scored a team-high three runs.

"Taya hit well in that game," Miller said. "Page is doing a solid job of getting hits and getting on base. I've been asking her to bunt more, and she had success doing it against Tolar - making them field the ball to try to throw her out. She needs to continue to be consistent at the plate.

"Sydney is making the most of her chances. Just be productive when you're in there."

Pitchers in the win were Vasquez (3 IP, 3 R - 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K) and K.K. Aper (2 IP, 5 R - 5 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 1 HBP, 1 K).

"Our pitchers had some walks and are still rounding into form," Miller said. "The key against Tolar was we put the ball in play and they made some mistakes. You have to force teams to field and throw the ball, and a lot of teams we'll play won't be able to do so consistently, especially when they feel rushed by our speed."

A few hours later, the Lady Tigers led Greenwood 2-1 until the visitors plated five in the third. Greenwood finished with more hits (6-3) and fewer errors (1-3).

"Greenwood is a good ball club," Miller said. "They had good pitching, and our bats just weren't on like they were against Tolar."

Hitters in the win were Gibson (single, RBI), Green (single) and Vasquez (single).

Pitchers were Vasquez (2 IP, 3 R - 3 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K) and Aper (2 IP, 4 R - 3 ER, 3 H, 1 HBP, 1 K).

Glen Rose went up 2-0 in the top of the first thanks to two walks, a dropped third strike and a passed ball.

"When someone makes a mistake, we have to make them pay," Miller said. "We capitalized on that at times in both games."

In the Greenwood second, shortstop Lewis made an error and immediately followed with a fielded grounder she turned into an unassisted double play.

"That's how you respond to making a mistake the previous play," Miller said. "You come back and get yourself out of it, and Destenie did with a great play."

In the Greenwood third, a leadoff homer and a walk sent Miller out to visit with Vasquez and he made a pitching change. Greenwood adjusted to Aper in the inning for a single, a three-run homer, a hit batter and an RBI groundout (2-6).

"Taya got a little tired (pitching), so I took her out," Miller said.

After two scoreless innings, Glen Rose got back on the board in the fourth when Aper reached on a throwing error and courtesy runner Jaylan Evans scored on a Gibson RBI groundout (3-6).

"We have to generate runs," Miller said. "I didn't feel like we got in position against Greenwood to play small ball, which hurt. Our leadoff hitters have to get on base so we can follow up."

Although Greenwood scored again in the bottom of the fourth via an error and an RBI double, substitute second baseman Lozier was sharp to snag a high line drive and a pop fly.

"That's how young players get to play - make plays," Miller said. "Sydney has been doing a pretty good job of that lately, and we look for more to come."

Green singled in the fifth and eventually scored on a throw down to second base to finalize the score shortly before time expired.