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BASEBALL: Glen Rose defeats Harmony Grove 10-6

March 18, 2011

Harmony Grove’s Bryson Hutson tries to make a sliding catch in right field during Friday’s game against Glen Rose. Hutson would miss the catch and would have to leave the game due to injury. JUSTIN MANNING/Special to the Courier

GLEN ROSE — A recurring theme for the Harmony Grove Cardinals this season has been their inconsistency. In Friday’s 10-6 loss to Glen Rose, it was no different.

“That is the story of our season so far,” Harmony Grove coach Brandon Kelly said. “One game as a team we will bat .530 and the next game we will bat .190.

“Last night, we put together a complete game and tonight was inconsistency and that goes back to us being young there is no excuse.
“Mentally we melted down tonight.”

Glen Rose scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-5 lead as they batted around in the inning and tallied four hits and two walks.

Trailing 5-3, the first two batters of the inning for Glen Rose — Dakota Harris and Ethan Beard — reached on a pair of errors to put runners on first and second with no body out. Kyle Petersen would hit a tapper back to the pitcher but a mental mistake allowed Petersen to reach and the bases loaded.

A walk to Austin Donaldson scored a run and a a single by Colton Key tied the game at 5.

A single by Brandon Kettell would score one more and a single by Wesley Ramsey would score two to give the Beavers a 9-5 lead.

“They dinked the ball all night over us and they were finding holes and
we hit shots right at them,” Kelly said. “We hit the ball but sometimes you have to hit it where they aren’t. Tonight we didn’t.”

Kelly said in every game this year the Cardinals (3-6) have allowed one disastrous inning in every game.

Glen Rose took a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Harris hit a RBI single and Ethan Beard followed with a two-run single to score Harris and Clay Holicer, who reached on an error.

“What we talk about it all the time — compete, compete, compete — and that’s all we do. We just kept battling and compete and we got the runs when we needed them,” Glen Rose coach Chase Meyers said.

The Beavers were a little short handed in the game against Glen Rose as five starters had already left for Spring Break.

“I was really proud of the way these kids stepped up and took full advantage of their opportunity,” Meyers said. “I was really proud of these kids today.”

Harmony Grove cut the early deficit to 3-2 in the second inning thanks to a RBI single by Cameron Byrd and a double by Jonathan Lyman that would score Arron Artz, who reached on a walk.

Three runs in the fourth inning gave Harmony Grove a 5-3 lead.

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