Glen Rose advances to regional final
Glen Rose advanced to the 3A Region 2 Tournament final Saturday with a 4-3 extra inning win over Cutter-Morning Star.
The Lady Beavers, the tournament No. 3 seed, will face No. 1 seed Rosebud t 5 p.m. Monday at Harding Academy in Searcy.
With a win, Glen Rose will earn a No. 1 seed in the state tournament beginning Friday in Prescott. By winning Friday, the Lady Beavers already earned a spot in the state tournament, and winning Saturday earned them at least a No. 2 spot.
Down 3-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday, sophomore Kylie Shepherd drove in sophomore Rebecca Tuggle from second base to tie the game. Then Shepherd stole second and was eventually driven home by sophomore Heather Whitfield, making the score 4-3 and giving the Lady Beavers a trip to the championship game.
Head coach Kyle Lem said, "We're still not where we need to be. We're not playing very clean right now, but were winning, and I'll take an ugly win over a loss any day of the week."
He said, "The bounces are going our way right now, and my group is really scrappy.
"It's going to build character. Right now, the name of the game is just winning."
CMS jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but the Lady Beaver scored one in the third and fourth to tie the game 2-2 where it remained after seven innings.
CMS scored one in the top of the eighth, and Glen Rose scored its final two in its next at bat.
Lem said Glen Rose made four errors in the field.
"They put the ball in play," he said, "and we kicked it and threw it around — some things we don't normally do."
Senior Tiffany Houpt pitched one inning for the Lady Beavers, and senior Madison Jacobs came in relief in the second. Jacobs, who was awarded the win, gave up one earned run on two hits with six strikeouts.
Offensively for Glen Rose, Whitfield had a triple, single and two RBIs, while Shepherd was 3-4 with a double and one RBI.
Senior Hollie Boles had a double and a triple, and senior Stephanie Farber had a double, single and RBI.