No. 19 Brock corrals Tiger offense, 3-1

TYE CHANDLER sports@theglenrosereporter.com
Colten Lane throws a seven-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk against No. 19 Brock. He added a team-high two hits against Grandview.

After a number of mistakes in a loss at Peaster to open district, Tiger baseball was much sharper March 23 on its home field against No. 19 Brock.

Glen Rose (3-5-3, 0-3) led through three innings, but couldn't find enough holes in the Brock defense in a 3-1 loss. Brock finished with more hits (7-4) and errors (2-0).

"We played a good ballgame overall," said coach James Evans. "I was proud of our guys. I wanted them to be mentally prepared for this one."

Colten Lane (7 IP, 3 R - 3 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 7 K) couldn't have done much better on the hill.

"Colten was throwing the ball good, keeping them off-balance," Evans said. "I was proud of him."

Hitters were Jayton Dillard (2 singles), Drayton Williams (double, RBI) and Preston Shuffield (single).

After Lane retired the side in the Brock first, Glen Rose made it 1-0 with a Dillard single, a Brock error and a Williams RBI double.

"That was a big hit for us," Evans said of Williams. "I was hoping we'd keep that up. We just couldn't get the ball to fall."

Lane retired the side again in the second and only gave up a single in the third. While Dillard singled in the home third, the score remained 1-0.

"Dillard was a great leadoff for us (Monday)," Evans said. "Hopefully we can get everyone swinging the bat."

Brock went ahead for good in the fourth (2-1) via a walk, an RBI double and an RBI single. Devin Crawford crushed a ball to deep right field in the home fourth, but the Brock right fielder made a sensational diving catch near the fence.

"The guy just made a great catch," Evans said.

Lane retired the side in the fifth with two strikeouts. Lane lined out to left field in the home fifth, as the Tigers made quality contact right to defenders on numerous occasions.

Lane navigated around two Brock singles in the sixth, as catcher Williams hustled after a sac bunt, shortstop Layne McAnear snagged one of his several fielded groundouts and Lane got a strikeout with two runners in scoring position.

"The defense played great," Evans said. "Drayton was quick on the bunts and he's gotten a lot better."

Shuffield singled in the home sixth, but he would be the last Tiger baserunner. Brock finalized the score in the seventh with a single, a sac bunt and a run on a wild pitch.

One night later, the Tigers traveled to face No. 14 Grandview. Glen Rose led early once again at 2-0 heading to the bottom of the first, but it was all Grandview the rest of the way for a 15-2 run rule in five innings. Grandview finished with more hits (20-6) and fewer errors (0-3).

"We had another good start, but a couple of two-out errors opened the floodgates (for Grandview) in a couple of innings," Evans said. "Grandview had hits that were dropping in, as well as a few hard ones. We also got behind in the count early on, and that didn't help any.

"Grandview is a good ball club. They made the regional final last year. This is one of the toughest districts I've ever been in."

Pitchers for the Tigers were Crawford (1 1/3 IP, 6 R - 6 ER, 9 H, 1 W, 3 K), Cody Halcom (1 1/3 IP, 5 R - 1 ER, 6 H, 2 K) and Camron Rush (1 1/3 IP, 4 R - 1 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K).

Hitters were Lane (2 singles, RBI), Shuffield (single, RBI), Dylan Hammond (single), Williams (single) and McAnear (single).

"Colten hit the ball well after I moved him up to the four-hole," Evans said. "Preston continues to do a good job at the plate."

The Tigers will now host Hillsboro March 27 at 7 p.m.

"Having three games in a week is hard on your pitching staff, but that's a big game Friday," Evans said.