GLENDALE — Scoring runs hasn’t come easy as of late for the Glendale High baseball team.
It’s something Glendale first-year Coach Alan Eberhart had running through his mind Friday, leading up to the first of two season matchups against cross-town rival Hoover. If the Nitros had a quality scoring opportunity, Eberhart said he would not hesitate to send a runner home on a close play at the plate.
The situation came to fruition Friday and Eberhart’s gamble paid off for Glendale in a 1-0 Pacific League victory.
In the fifth inning, Sean Harris scored from second on an infield hit by Connor Rodriguez off the thigh of Hoover starting pitcher Luis Zamora. The ball caromed toward second base and the second baseman scrambled to pick the ball up before throwing home, but Harris slid in just ahead of the tag.
“We’ve hit the ball hard lately, but we just can’t find the runners and get them home,” said Eberhart, whose team improved to 6-12-1, 3-5 in league. “Knowing that, I was going to send [Harris] home all the way.