Lady Tigers eliminated from playoffs by Mineral Wells
STEPHENVILLE — Despite a two-run home run by Tatum Stegint in the second inning, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers were eliminated from the Class 4A softball playoffs with a 12-2 bi-district loss to Mineral Wells Thursday night at McKlesky Field in Stephenville.
The single-game playoff loss ended the Lady Tigers' season at 11-14. Glen Rose qualified for the playoffs as the fourth-place team out of District 8-4A.
Mineral Wells was the District 7-4A champion.
“They’re good. They hit the ball probably as good as any team we’ve played this year,” Glen Rose head coach Kiel Miller said of the Lady Rams, who are unranked despite their 21-7-1 season record.
The Lady Rams slugged a dozen hits, despite the fact that starting pithcer Courtney Morris was hitting her spots most of the night, according to MIller.
“There’s not much you can do when you’re doing your job and they are still hitting the ball,” Miller said. “I thought the effort was good. We threw everything we had at them. We started hitting and getting on their pitcher later in the game, but we just didn’t get anything strung together.”
Stegint was 1-for-3 with her two RBI, and Jaylan Evans had the other Glen Rose hit in three at-bats. Camryn Miller drew a walk in the first inning and scored on Stegint’s home run, which pulled the Lady Tigers within 4-2.
But the Lady Rams pulled away with three runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and three more in the top of the sixth.
Morris went the distance pitching for Glen Rose, striking out two and walking two in six frames. Six of the 12 runs were earned as the Lady Tigers committed five errors.
Glen Rose is losing four seniors to graduation — Lovie Mann, Rachel Buren, Jaylan Evans and Lauren Forkner.
“Our seniors worked hard,” Miller said. “They did everything we asked them to do. It is a good group of girls, and they are fun to be around. They worked hard to get where they’re at. I couldn’t ask for more.”
The Lady Tigers gained their playoff berth after tying for fourth place in District 8-4A, then defeating Midlothian Heritage in a one-game district play-in game.
SEASON STAT LEADERS
Tatum Stegint and Lauren Forkner finished the season tied for the Glen Rose team lead in runs batted in, with 21 each. They tied for the team lead in home runs, with three each.
Forkner’s sparkling batting average of .507 led the Lady Tigers, and Stegint was second at .407. Forkner had 34 hits in 67 at-bats, including a team-leading 12 extra-base hits.
Among the other regulars, Sydney Lozier was third on the team in batting average at .426, just ahead of Camryn Miller at .425. Alexis Drugan was next at .356, followed by Hailey Ibarra at .333.
Morris handled the bulk of the pitching duties, working 110-1/3 innings while posting a 7-8 record. She had a 7.87 earned run average, striking out 97 and walking 58. Morris allowed 189 hits and 158 runs. The only other pitcher with a record was Abby Green, who was 0-1 after pitching 12 innings.