Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

July 2, 2012

LITTLE LEAGUE PLAYOFFS: Glasgow 10s open dist. with tough loss

JAMESTOWN — Randy Shaw gathered his team around in a tight circle Monday night. The Glasgow All-Stars 10U had just lost 20-2 in the first round of the Little League, Inc. District Tournament and Shaw wanted to talk to his team.

With all eyes on him, Shaw looked at each of his players and told them the tournament wasn’t over. He told them they would have another chance to play and that he knew they would be ready to go.

Shaw’s pep talk was just what his team needed because, despite the score, Glasgow actually didn’t play that poorly.

“This Campbellsville team was really good. Out of all the teams we’ve faced so far in all-star play, this Campbellsville team is by far the best,” said Shaw. “Campbellsville has had live-arm pitching all year and their 9, 10, 11 and 12 year olds play together. I think that’s why they hit our pitching so well.

“Our pitchers didn’t necessarily pitch bad, they threw strikes, but these Campbellsville kids were on top of it because they’re used to good pitching. My hat is off to Campbellsville, they are a very good team.”

Campbellsville jumped on top early Monday and never looked back, scoring eight runs in the first inning and four more in the second to take a 12-0 lead. That’s when the rains came and the game was halted for more than 30 minutes.

“That rain break really helped us. That loosened our guys up because were were down,” said Shaw. “I told the guys that was the worst thing for Campbellsville because they were on a hot streak. They’re bats cooled off. I told the kids we’re going to hit and we did.”

Glasgow came alive in the bottom of the second posting two runs. Tyler Lane had an RBI single to score Lucas Goodson. Then Nelson Cole scored on a passed ball to make it 12-2.

The Glasgow defense didn’t play poorly, Shaw said, but Campbellsville’s bats continued to pepper the Glasgow outfield. Campbellsville scored six more in the third to make it 18-2 and finished it off with two more in the fourth to post the 20-2 final.

Glasgow will be back in action on Thursday, July 5, against either Russell County or Marion County. The first pitch is set for 8 p.m.

“We want them to rest up. I told them to forget about tonight because tonight is tonight and it is over,” said Shaw. “We will play the loser of the Marion County/Russell County game. Whichever team we play will, just like us, be coming out of the losers bracket and have a lot to prove.

“We’ve got a great bunch of kids and I think our kids will have a lot of resolve and come back ready to play.”

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