No. 22 Lady Tigers hammer Hillsboro

TYE CHANDLER sports@theglenrosereporter.com
Aubrey Starnes (RBI) nearly matches Hillsboro's entire team with her three-hit performance.

Coming off their toughest loss of the season at Grandview, the No. 22 Lady Tigers meant business March 27 with Hillsboro in town.

Glen Rose led 7-0 through three innings in an 8-2 victory. the Lady Tigers finished with more hits (13-4) and errors (2-1).

"Hillsboro hasn't been generating the numbers they were last year, and to get in the playoffs they are a team we have to beat," said coach Kiel Miller. "Historically they play us tough, so it was important to me that we came out fast. The girls responded and were ready for Hillsboro."

Five Lady Tigers had at least two hits in the win.

"Early in the game, we hit the ball extremely well," Miller said. "They switched pitchers after we went up 8-2 in the fifth, and then we didn't hit as well."

Aubrey Starnes (3 singles, RBI) led the offense.

"Taking a girl who's been right-handed all her life and switching her to the left side has had its ups and downs, but she's focusing on technique," Miller said. "She did really well three times in this game. Aubrey is really having a strong year in right field, too, making plays she wouldn't have made last year."

Page Green had two doubles and three RBIs.

"Page had a couple of good at bats," Miller said. "Two hits is a typical game for her."

Taya Vasquez had a double, a single and an RBI.

"Taya had a good shot to the fence in left-center for the double," Miller said.

Sabrina Watson came away with a double and a single.

"Their pitcher threw us a lot of stuff we could hit early on, and Sabrina took advantage of it with a double over the centerfielder's to lead off the game," the coach said.

Kensy Massey had two singles.

"Kensy did pretty well," Miller said. "She legged out a bunt single late in the game, and this should be a confidence booster."

Destenie Lewis (triple, RBI) and K.K. Aper (single) also had hits.

"Destenie rocked one to the outfield, and a shot off the fence they had to run down played into a standing triple," Miller said. "Destenie played a really good ballgame at shortstop. They didn't hit the ball very well, but she made plays."

Vasquez (7 IP, 2 R - 2 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K) threw her second complete game of the season - both of which have been district wins.

"I made a couple of bad pitch calls and they got the bat on them (for the two runs in the fifth)," Miller said. "She pitched extremely well, and is changing speeds to throw batters off. We'll see how sore her arm is in the days to follow to judge her progress. She threw harder in the last two innings than she did in the first.

"We're still going to use K.K., especially considering she needs the work for next year. They make a good combo, and I think they'll continue to share time in most games."