Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


May 16, 2014

Walk-off double nets win for Glasgow High School

GLASGOW — On senior night, Matt Shives, one of seven last-year players on the squad, saved the win for his team with a walk-off double.

The Scotties were down one run going into the bottom of the last inning.

Senior Connor Glass led off the seventh with a single up the middle. Sophomore James Kingery then walked. Next sophomore Pudge Morgan went down on strikes. Then senior Tyler Pitcock worked the count full before taking a walk to load the bases.

Shives was up next. He was hitting for Dillon Hernandez who had relieved Shives after the Glasgow hero had pitched four and a third innings to start the game. Shives took a strike then drilled a long line drive to left center to plate Glass and Kingery with the tying and winning runs.

“It's a nice finish to a game anytime you can get that type of walk off hit to finish a game,” Glasgow head coach Sam Royse said after the game. “Bring a kid back into the game, whose been out for three or four innings, and he comes up there and on the second pitch he wails one.

“I had no doubts that ball was going to the wall and we were going to score two and win the ball game. I am so happy for him.”

The two runs lifted Glasgow to a 7-6 victory over visiting Butler County at Historic Richardson Field. The Scotties improved to 21-9 overall. They next play in the 15th District Tournament at Barren County High School on Monday against Monroe County at 6 p.m.

“The whole inning was just a good inning. That’s the way good offensive baseball is played. We led it off with a single. We worked a couple of walks, to load the bases, then we got the big hit to win the ball game. Probably not a bigger hit this year considering the timing. I don’t remember another walk off,” Royse said. “I think that may be the first walk off we’ve had this year and it couldn't happen to a better guy who we had a lot of confidence in to go up there and get it done. I am really happy for him and I am real happy for our ball club. Now we are on to the district tournament. ”

Glasgow opened the scoring with two runs in the second.

Morgan led off the inning with a base on balls. Pitcock grounded out to the second baseman moving pinch runner Trace Bishop to third after he had stolen second. Shives then walked. The next batter, another senior, Harley Hagans, hit a screaming ground ball to first. The Bear’s first baseman made a diving catch to retire Hagans, but Bishop scored. Ryan Hinkley, also a senior, hit a single to center to score pinch runner Dylan Lane.

Glasgow added another run in the third.

With the bases loaded Morgan hit a long fly ball to left center. Butler county’s centerfielder got a glove on the ball, but it popped out and into the glove of the Bear’s leftfielder. Jon Thomas Green, another senior, scored on the play. He had led off the inning with a single.

In the fourth inning Butler County sent 10 men to the plate and scored five runs on four hits. The big hit of the inning was Trevor Parker’s double.

In the fifth, Butler County tried to score again, but was turned back when the Glasgow rightfielder made a big play.

“A play that was big was a ball hit out to Dylan Poore, who was making his first start in right. They got a base hit and tried to send a guy from third. Dylan fielded the ball and threw a strike to the infield that was relayed to first and we were able to get a guy in a run down and get him out and that kept a run from scoring. Every play in the game counts and every play matters,” Royse said.

Glasgow scored a solo run in the fifth on a Green double. He was driven in by a Kingery single.

The Bears picked up an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Hernandez walked a batter with the bases loaded.

Glasgow scored their fifth run, to get within one, in the bottom of the sixth.

Pitcock led off with a walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch after Hernandez was hit by a pitch and Hinkley singed

“Butler County is a good team. They have a lot of young players out there that played. We beat a pretty good baseball team. Without question.” Royse said.

Hernandez picked up his sixth win on the season against one loss. Blake Graham was the losing pitcher.

Before the game the seven Glasgow seniors were honored. Hinkley, Green, Glass, Pitcock, Shives, Hagans and Josh Boggs. Boggs, who is injured, came onto the field for the announcement of his name, but was replaced by Poore.

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