It took almost 24 hours to complete, but the Glasgow 10-Under All-Stars beat Russell County 7-2 Monday to advance to the championship game of the winners’ bracket of the Little League District Tournament in Springfield. Glasgow opened the tournament this past weekend with a 22-0 victory over South Hardin.
“We played really well,” said Glasgow coach Jeff Jessie.
After two scoreless innings against Russell County on Sunday, Glasgow got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.
Jackson Poland walked and Peyton Dial singled to put runners on first and third. Taye Poynter was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Poland scored on a wild pitch and Carson Jessie singled to score Dial to give Glasgow a 2-0 lead.
Russell County scored two in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. But Glasgow answered with three runs in the fifth to make it 5-2.
Poynter walked and moved to second on a passed ball Jessie singled him home. Ashton Cerwinske hit into a fielder’s choice to force Jessie at second.
Tristan Franklin then doubled to put runners on second and third. Mason Bragg came up and cleared the bases for Glasgow with a single.
“You have to give the Russell County pitchers credit early in the game,” Jessie explained. “He was throwing hard and it takes time to adjust. We caught up to him in our second time through the order.”
That is when the rain hit and the game was postponed and finished Monday.
When play resumed, Glasgow put the game away with two more runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Dial walked and went to second on a passed ball. Poynter singled and moved to second on a passed ball. Jessie then singled to score Dial and Cerwinske singled to bring in Poynter for the final 7-2 margin.
“Zach Poore and Tristan Franklin pitched very well (in the first game) against South Hardin,” Jessie said. “Taye Poynter pitched four strong innings (against Russell County) and I think he just got tired. Then we brought in Peyton Dial and he pitched great.
“Offensively, all of the guys are hitting the ball well (but) the top of our lineup is really hitting it well. They’re putting the ball in play and that’s just what we need them to do. They’ve come up with some clutch hits for us.”
Glasgow will play Marion County at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the championship game of the winner’s bracket. The finals are slated for 5 p.m. on Thursday.