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Glen Rose wins makeup games

April 6, 2011

The infield for the Glen Rose softball team congraulates pitcher Tiffany Houpe after she struck out a batter. The Lady Beavers defeated Mayflower 15-1 Tuesday. JAY MANNING/Special to the Courier

After being rained out Monday, Glen Rose and Mayflower decided to give it another go Tuesday with the Beavers winning 3-0 and the Lady Beavers winning 15-1.

Both the boys and girls teams are undefeated in 3A Conference play,
Glen Rose was scheduled to be the visitor Monday, but accepted hosting duties Tuesday as a result of Mayflower’s field conditions.

Beavers head coach Chase Meyers said, “That was the best game we’ve played as a team,” adding that sophomore Colin Hunter, who earned the save on the mound and made the play of the game at third base, “had a great game all around.”

“We need to bring the sticks a little better. Especially now that we’re 3-0 in conference, because we’re going to start seeing people’s best pitchers,” he said.
“But I like our chances to keep this ball rolling.”

Freshman Wesley Ramsey started pitching for the Beavers (9-4, 3-0 3A), going five innings without giving up a run or a walk. However, while recording only one hit and four strikeouts, he also had three hit batsman.

“That was kind of uncharacteristic for him, but none of them scored so it worked out,” Meyers said. “He did an extremely good job.”
Hunter pitched the sixth and seventh innings, earning the save and while giving up no runs, hits or walks and striking out three batters.

“Together, they had an excellent pithcing performance,” Meyers said. “We had three errors, and they threatened to score in a couple of innings because of the hit batters and errors, but we always held them at third.”

After scoring two runs in the third inning, the Beavers went into the fourth ahead 2-0. In their next trip to the plate, Mayflower got runners on second and third with two outs. Meyers said Mayflower’s next batter “hit a shot down the line,” which Hunter dove for, caught and threw over to first for the third out.

“That could’ve changed the outcome of the game,” Meyers said. “That’s just frustrating to the other team. It was huge play for us.”
Glen Rose scored one more run in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead, where it would stay.

“They were pretty solid defensively,” Meyers said. “They had a good pitcher who spotted his ball well and kept us off balance.”

Junior Brandon Kettell batted two of three for the Beavers with two singles and one run-batted-in. Freshman Dakota Harris was 2-2, walking once with two singles and one scored run. Sophomore Lane Ballard went 0-2, but was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Sophomore Ethan Beard was 1-3 with one run scored.

The Lady Beavers (7-2, 3-0 3A) won 15-1 after five innings with senior Tiffany Houpt earning the win. She allowed one unearned run on two hits and one walk while recording four strikeouts.

Both senior Madison Jacobs and freshman Kendall Jacobs had a pair of singles. Houpt, senior Hollie Boles and sophomore Rebecca Tuggle each had run-scoring doubles.

Head coach Kyle Lem said, “3-0 in conference is right where we wanted to be at this time. We have a huge game on Thursday, so there isn’t any time to enjoy this one.  We have to get back to work and correct some mistakes we made today.”

The Lady Beavers play at Arkansas Baptist at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Beavers next play at 3:30p.m. Friday at Arkansas Baptist.

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