The Glasgow High School Scotties drew first blood in the District 15 baseball race Wednesday night with a 10-3 victory at Barren County. Glasgow scattered 10 runs on nine hits, including six runs in the seventh inning to blow open what had been a very close game.
“It is always good to get a district win, especially against a good team like Barren County,” said Glasgow coach Sam Royse. “If you want to know the truth, in baseball sometimes you play well and win and sometimes you don’t play well and still win. We continued to battle tonight. We got pretty good pitching, we defended pretty well. But we did some things tonight that will get us hurt.”
The victory moves the Scotties to 6-1 on the season, while the Trojans fall to 5-5 on the year.
“(Starting pitcher) Andrew Baise did a good job for us. He wasn’t as sharp as he was when he pitched against South Warren last week, but he kept us in the game,” said Barren County coach Johnny Vance.
“We go into the sixth inning trailing 2-0. Then, we make the error that gives them two they probably shouldn’t have had. Then we come back in the bottom of the inning to get one. So, you’re talking a 2-1 game heading into the seventh inning. Then, we didn’t pitch it very well in the seventh and we made another error or two.”
After two scoreless innings, Glasgow finally got on the board in the top of the third inning.
Ryan Hinkley led off with a double and he moved to third on a single by Bryce Logsdon. After J.T. Green grounded out, Connor Glass hit a bloop single to right field to score Hinkley.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth when the Scotties scored three runs on one hit. Hinkley led off with a walk and moved to second when Baise was called for a balk.
Logsdon flied out and Green walked. Glass was hit by the pitch to load the bases. Hinkley scored on a ground ball by James Kingery. With Green on third and Glass on second, Barren County second baseman Bryton McGuire misplayed a ground ball by Taylor “Pudge” Morgan, allowing Green and Glass to score to make it 4-0.
“We’ve been playing pretty well with the glove, hadn’t really kicked it around very much. In the first nine games this season, we made one or two errors a game, never five like we did tonight,” Vance explained. “We have to get better in all phases of the game. We’ve got to hit it better. I think we had four or five hits tonight, between two guys.”
The Trojans got one of the runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 4-1. With two outs, Cole Payne walked and then came around to score on a double by Andy Highbaugh.
But the Scotties put the game away in the top of the seventh inning when they posted six runs to take a commanding 10-1 advantage.
Hunter Carroll took the mound for the Trojans to start the seventh and struggled early. Green singled and was replaced with pinch runner Austin Asher, who promptly stole second base. He went to third base on a passed ball.
Glass then walked and stole second to put runners on second and third. Kingery then cleared the bases with a double to make it 6-1. Morgan then singled to score Kingery and run Carroll. Barren County brought in Grayson Hyatt to pitch. Glasgow’s Tyler Pitcock walked and Josh Boggs reached on an error. The throw to try and get Pitcock at home was wide of the plate, allowing two runs to score to make it 9-1.
With Boggs on second, Dylan Poore struck out and Hinkley walked. Boggs tried to steal third as Logsdon was striking out, but the throw went wide, allowing Boggs to come in with Glasgow’s 10th run of the game.
The Trojans got two more runs in the bottom of the seventh off of Green. Britt Crabtree singled and Ellis Wininger singled. Clay Groce then walked to load the bases.
Hyatt flied out to score Crabtree. After McGuire flied out, Barrett Billingsley walked to load the bases. Payne also walked, bringing Winninger home to make it 10-3.
Green went 6 2/3 innings for Glasgow. He allowed three run on five hits. He walked three and struck out six.
Baise went six full innings for the Trojans. He allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits. He walked four and struck out two. Carroll allowed three runs on three hits and Hyatt gave up no runs on no hits. He walked two and struck out two.