Tuesday night’s District 8-4A baseball contest against visiting Alvarado was more than just a game for the Glen Rose Tigers — it was an adventure.
The extra-inning home game had three lead changes and was tied at 5-5 and again at 9-9 before the Tigers fell in the eighth inning, 10-9.
Starting pitcher Davis Shackelford was 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and drove in three runs for the Tigers.
The Tigers out-hit the Indians by a healthy 16-9 margin, and scored in each of the first five innings. That included a four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning as they erased a 5-1 deficit.
"We did a great job at the plate," Glen Rose head coach James Evans said. "We ran ourselves out of a couple of innings. We needed some timely hits."
It was an errorless game, but the Indians (2-8 in district, 11-13 overall) benefited from 14 bases on balls issued by GRHS pitchers. Also, three Alvarado batters were hit by a pitch for a free pass.
Despite the loss, coach James Evans’ Tigers are still in fourth place in the district standings with a 4-5 record, and are 13-8 overall. A recent surge by Stephenville has the Yellow Jackets — who lost their first meeting with Glen Rose — just ahead of them, in third place, at 5-5.
Ninth-ranked Midlothian Heritage is at the top of the pack at 9-1 and sixth-ranked Godley is next at 8-1.
The Tigers have three regular-season games left on their schedule before a possible postseason run. The top four teams in the final district standings will advance to the playoffs.
Shackelford swatted a two-run double off the bottom of the left-field wall in the third inning that gave the Tigers their first lead of the night, 7-5.
But it was in the top of the fourth, when the Indians rallied for four runs to grab a 9-8 lead, when Shackelford was relieved by Jadon Harper on the mound.
Tyler Torres of Glen Rose beat out an infield hit in the bottom of the fifth, as the Tigers tied it once again, this time at 9-9.
Chance Hatfield, who pitched the final 1-2/3 innings, took the loss after giving up one run on one hit and walking one.
Shackelford officially worked three innings and allowed nine runs, all earned, on just four hits but he issued eight walks. He had three strikeouts.
In his 3-1/3 innings of work, Harper did not allow a run. He gave up four hits, struck out two and walked four.
Ashton Smith was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI for the Tigers, and Torres was 3-for-5 with one RBI. Adrian Lewis, River Costello and Connor Hansen also picked up one RBI apiece for GRHS.
The Tigers were scheduled to play at home tonight (Friday) against Godley. Their next game will be Tuesday in Waxahachie against Life School. The final regular-season game could be crucial to their playoff hopes as they play at home against Stephenville on April 27.
"If we beat Life, we should cinch that fourth spot," Evans said, noting that the Stephenville contest could decide third and fourth place. "Our bats are coming around and they have a great attitude. We're still focused on reaching our goal of making the playoffs."