After the Lady Beavers’ season came to an end Friday, Glen Rose head coach Kyle Lem said it will be difficult to replace the team’s five senior starters.
Particularly his two starting pitchers, seniors Madison Jacobs and Tiffany Houpt.
Seniors Stephanie Farber (center field), Hollie Boles (shortstop) and Katie Peterson (left field) also will be graduating — and leaving big shoes to fill.
Still, Lem said his squad has a strong foundation to build on for the program’s future.
Sophomores Rebecca Tuggle (catcher), Kyle Shepherd (right field) and Heather Whitfield (third) started every game for the Lady Beavers. Also, freshman Kendall Jacobs (first) will play a major role in rebuilding the team’s core.
And when next year’s team takes the field, hopefully the sour taste from Friday’s loss will serve as inspiration for the returning starters, whom the new players will look toward for leadership.
The 7-0 loss to Mansfield in the opening round of the 3A State Tournament hardly reflected the Lady Beavers’ season, which included an undefeated 3A-5 Conference record.
Jacobs gave up seven runs on seven hits while the team made six errors behind her in the field.
“They hit the ball very well,” Lem said, adding that Mansfield had three hits in the first inning.
“We kicked it around pretty good for them, too.”
Jacobs struck out four batters and walked two.
Offensively, the Lady Beavers only had “four or five hits,” Lem said.
“We took a lot of bad swings … and lacked that big hit,” he said. “We just didn’t come together at the plate.”
Lem said, “It was just one of those days.”