Lady Tigers roll Rio Vista 14-3
Lady Tiger softball was looking for a fast start to open district play, and Glen Rose managed to plate four runs in the first inning of the 11-3A schedule.
Glen Rose (6-3, 1-0) led Rio Vista 9-0 on the way to a 14-3 win at home March 10. The Lady Tigers finished with more hits (8-2) and fewer errors (1-2) in the six-inning run-rule contest.
"We were looking for a win, even if the game lasted a little longer than we wanted it to," said coach Kiel Miller. "We got into some situations we needed to work out of and gave up a few runs, but it's not that big of a deal."
Page Green (HR, single, 2 RBIs) led the offense.
"We all work together really well, and we help each other out," Green said. "I think we're going to compete really good this year."
Other offensive contributors were Destenie Lewis (single, 2 RBIs), Madi Gibson (triple, RBI), Kensy Massey (double, RBI), Sabrina Watson (single, RBI), K.K. Aper (single, RBI), Aubrey Starnes (single), Taya Vasquez (RBI) and Jaylan Evans (RBI).
Vasquez (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K) got the start in the circle, while Aper (4 IP, 3 R - 3 ER, 2 H, 10 W, 1 HBP, 3 K) came on in relief. Both pitching staffs issued 13 free passes in the game, as Rio Vista pitchers hit three batters and walked 10.
After walking the first batter of the game, Vasquez retired the next three. In the home first, Glen Rose went up 4-0 thanks primarily to Green (bunt single), Vasquez (RBI groundout), Aper (RBI single) and Massey (RBI double). The hits from Aper and Massey came with two outs.
"Those two-out hits were big," Miller said. "It was difficult to hit the ball because of a timing issue compared to what we've been seeing, so those early hits showed the girls' ability to adjust on the fly."
"It gets me pumped up to get a hit in my first at bat," Green said. "If I can do that, then I know I can do everything else well."
Vasquez faced just four batters again in the second, as she struck out two and second baseman Massey made a catch on the run.
"We're still building Taya's stamina, and I thought she pitched well," Miller said. "Once she warmed up, her velocity increased and she hit her spots."
Glen Rose went up 5-0 in the home second thanks to a Gibson leadoff triple and a Watson RBI single.
"Madi hit the ball real hard, and it's good to see her speed around the bases," Miller said.
Aper pitched a scoreless Rio Vista third, as right fielder Starnes caught a fly ball and catcher Green fired the ball to Brittany Miller at third base for a pickoff tag right after a walk.
"I saw that girl leading off, and Brittany wanted me to throw it," Green said. "I knew she'd catch it, so I threw it and Brittany made the tag."
In the home third, Glen Rose made it 7-0 thanks to a Starnes bunt single, a run on a passed ball and a Gibson RBI groundout.
"Aubrey is putting the ball on the ground and outrunning the throw like we want," Miller said. "She put the bunt in a great spot, and she's getting better with every pitch she sees."
Aper registered two outs with her glove in the Rio Vista fourth, while catcher Green fielded a bunt and lunged to make a tag at the plate.
"I just knew I had to get to the ball quickly," Green said.
"Page is playing great defense right now, and we need her to continue that," Miller said. "Our team is playing great defense, and we need that to be successful."
Glen Rose made it 9-0 in the home fourth with a Green leadoff in-the-park homer to right field and a run on a wild pitch. Vasquez was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game.
"It felt really good," Green said of her second home run this season. "Whenever I go up there and just relax, that's when I do my best. I have to learn to do that more. I just ran hard."
"That was pretty awesome," Miller said. "We've worked on taking the outside pitch to right field, and that's what Page did with solid contact to the fence. She let her speed do the rest."
Aper had half of her walks in the fifth, as Rio Vista made it 9-2 with two bases-loaded walks. Aper had two bases-loaded strikeouts to prevent further damage.
"K.K. let the walks get to her a little bit, but I told her to hang in there and focus on (Page's) glove," Miller said. "She just needs to let the defense work."
After the Lady Tigers went quietly in the home fifth, Rio Vista made it 9-3 in the sixth with two singles and two walks before another Aper bases-loaded strikeout. Glen Rose subs made some plays, as centerfielder Evans tracked down a fly ball and second baseman Sydney Lozier made a fielder's choice tag.
"That's why those girls are up on the varsity," Miller said. "They did what we've been practicing, and it's nice to have them."
Glen Rose scored its last five runs in the sixth via a wild pitch, Evans being hit with the bases loaded (RBI), a Green bases-loaded walk (RBI) and a two-RBI single from Lewis.
"It was good to end the game with a hit," Miller said. "Destenie got a good pitch and hit it hard."
Glen Rose will now host Keene March 12 at 10 a.m. For a recap of the contest, check out yourglenrosetx.com.
"The Keene game should be similar, but we're going to try to get the shutout and a big win heading into the Peaster game," Miller said.