SPRINGFIELD — After Thursday’s championship game of the Little League District Baseball Tournament, Glasgow coach Jeff Jessie looked at the scoreboard and just shook his head.
There in bright lights, the scoreboard showed Glasgow beating a very talented Russell County team 16-0.
The Scotties hit the ball well all week, scoring 57 runs in four games. But even Jessie would say he never thought his team would pound the ball like the Scotties did Thursday night.
“We’ve been hitting the ball great, but I would have never dreamed we would have come out and hit the ball like we did tonight,” Jessie said. “To come out and put up five home runs in the first two innings, that’s hard to believe.”
The victory puts Glasgow in the state tournament, which begins July 19 in Bowling Green. Tournament brackets have yet to be completed, but Jessie said the Scotties will play at 11 a.m. on opening day.
“We jumped up on Russell County quick tonight and it was hard for them to come back after that,” Jessie said. “Their heads started dropping.”
Glasgow started off on a high note when Peyton Dial led off the top of the first inning with a homerun. Taye Poynter flied out and Carson Jessie followed that with a single. Nick Kerney came in as a pinch runner for Jessie and he later scored on a two-run blast by Mason Bragg, giving Glasgow a 3-0 lead.
“I have watched all the teams play up here this week and (I believe) our kids hit the ball better, from top to bottom,” Jessie explained. “They put it in play. There probably wasn’t a kid on this team that didn’t have a hit this week. And that’s big. When the whole team can put the ball in play, and then we have kids hitting homeruns, it is just hard to believe.“