Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 9, 2012

Adair pitcher halts Glasgow 11s’ run

JAMESTOWN — Pep talks are an interesting part of being a coach. When do you give them to your team? How hard do you come down on your players? Those are questions coaches have to ask themselves all the time.

Matt Bowles, the head coach of the Glasgow Athletics Program 11-Under All-Stars, gave a pep talk to his team after a decisive loss last week to Campbellsville in the Little League, Inc. District 5 Tournament and the coach, basically, challenged his players. He wanted them to come out and play aggressive on offense and defense in the team’s next game against Adair County.

 Bowles got his wish as the Scotties came out and battled. However, Adair County was just a better team as the Indians beat Glasgow, 6-0, this past weekend.

“I want to always give the other team credit. And I want to say that kid (Adair County’s pitcher) came out and made us look bad today,” said Bowles. “Anytime an 11-year-old can come out and throw 75 or 76 pitches in six innings, give up two hits and no walks, you have to tip your hat to him. We’ve probably faced better throwers, but whatever that kid had today worked great for him.”

The game really boiled down to one inning. After holding Glasgow in the top of the first inning Saturday, Adair County came out and tallied five big runs in the bottom of the inning to take the early lead. The Indians scored only one more run the rest of the way.

“Today our boys came out in the first inning in a little rut and we got down. But what I am very proud of was the way, from the second inning on, we competed,” said Bowles. “We didn’t have bad at-bats. We didn’t go up there looking. We didn’t have called third strikes, we had swinging third strikes. And we hit the ball hard, several times, right at them. I am OK with that.”

Glasgow closed out the tournament with a 1-2 overall record. However, the most important part of the tournament may be what the Glasgow players and coaches learned about being a part of Little League, Inc.

“We have a lot of boys that have played travel ball, but they haven’t competed in anything like this tournament,” said Bowles. “And I think we learned that the game of baseball is becoming more complex. There are pitching strategies, hitting strategies. It is more than just pitching the ball, hitting the ball and catching the ball.

“The kids have to get to work now in preparation for the future. They have to understand when they go to the plate what pitchers are trying to do to them. And the coaches have to understand that, too. We have to understand what defenses are being played and what we can do against those defenses.”

Bowles said plans may be in the works to keep the 11-Under team together throughout the summer. He said Glasgow could possibly host some tournaments.

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