Despite the cold weather, the Glasgow High School Scotties opened their baseball season with an 11-1 victory over visiting Warren Central on Thursday.
“I think we did a lot of good things. We were able to use three different pitchers. We had another coming in, if we wouldn’t of scored. We threw a pretty good amount of strikes,” said Glasgow coach Sam Royse. “We made defensive plays when we got the opportunity. We had a number of good at-bats that resulted in some runs. That’s the ingredients of baseball right there.”
The Scotties took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when JT Green knocked in Ryan Hinkley from second base after Hinkley singled and stole second. Connor Glass then knocked home Green to make it 2-0 after one.
Tyler Pitcock opened the bottom of the second with a walk and, with one out, Taylor “Pudge” Morgan singled before Josh Boggs reached safely on an infield hit to load the bases. Hinkley then walked to score Pitcock before Bryce Logsdon singled in Morgan and Boggs to make it 5-0.
Both teams were scoreless in the third.
“There is nothing else to it other than getting pitchers who will throw strikes and give defenders a chance to make plays,” Royse explained. “When we get those chances we make those plays and we figure out a way to score some runs. Those are the ingredients of baseball and that’s what we did.
“We got a number of kids involved in the game either running or pitching or something. That was nice to do. We felt like we could defend because we’ve had more practice than we have had live at-bats. So it’s pretty pleasing to get hits.”
After giving up a run in the top of the fourth, Glasgow broke the game open in the bottom of the inning by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring four runs. Pitcock led off the inning with a single. Morgan followed with a single to move Pitcock to third. Boggs walked to load the bases.
Hinkley singled to score Pitcock and Morgan, and Logsdon singled to load the bases. Boggs came in to score on a fielder’s choice by Green and Glass singled to score Hinkley to make it 9-1.
Glass and Pitcock scored the Scotties’ final two runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game at 11-1.
Glass doubled and went to third on a passed ball. James Kingery grounded out and Dillon Hernandez struck out. Pitcock then knocked in Glass with a bunt single and Morgan moved Pitcock to third when he reached on an error. Boggs then singled to score Pitcock to end the game.
“Warren Central, traditionally, has a good baseball team. They are a young team and they don’t have a bad team this year either,” Royse said.
“We threw strikes, we defended well and we scored 11 runs. We had a number of good at-bats. One of the things in baseball is consistency. Inconsistency, it can become a weakness. Being consistent is one thing we want to do, whether we win or whether we lose.”
Green got the start on the mound for the Scotties and went two innings. He allowed no runs on one hit. He also struck out one. Dalton Shoemake took the mound in the third and went three innings, allowing one run on one hit. He also walked three and struck out five.
Hernandez came on for the final inning for the Scotties. He faced four batters and gave up no hits. Hernandez walked one batter and struck out two.