Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 16, 2014

PREP BASEBALL: Scotties outlast Trojans 2 runs to none

Shoemake pitches no-hitter

By J. PAT DYER
For the Daily Times

GLASGOW — Scotties’ Shoemake no-hits Trojans in 2-0 victory, Wednesday evening, at Glasgow’s Richardson Field.

Dalton Shoemake pitched a seven inning complete game without surrendering a hit and anything less might not of gotten him the win. Jacob Thompson of the Trojans matched him pitch for pitch after the first inning.

In the first, Glasgow put together three straight hits, including a long home run by J.T. Green, to score the only two runs either team would manage all game. It started with two outs when Green blasted a shot over the left-field fence. The next batter, Connor Glass, grounded a single up the middle before James Kingery hit a double down the left-field line to plate Glass with the second and last run of the game. Richardson only gave up one hit after the first and it was a single by Glass with two outs in the sixth. He faced a total of only 23 batters.

“A great baseball game. Those are fun for the people sitting in the stands. Great performances by our guys and great performances by Barren County’s kids. The kid out in left field (Grayson Hyatt) made a nice play on a ball Bryce Logsdon smoked. Andy Highbaugh made a nice play going to his right and getting on his knees and making a play. Their pitcher pitched a nice game. He was good today. We scrapped around for four hits and two runs but he was good today,” said Glasgow’s coach Sam Royse. “No-hitter, no no-hitter, he (Shoemake) performed well. He battled all day long and we defended well behind him. They put the ball in play, we caught it, we threw them out. It was a good high school or any level baseball game.”

“We were fortunate to get early offense when James (Kingery) got an RBI double and of course J.T. got it going with the homerun and we made it hold up with pitching and defense. It warmed up a little bit, field’s in good shape, it’s a great atmosphere and the fans got a great baseball game out of both clubs.”

As good as Thompson was, Shoemake was better on this night. He allowed only three runners on base, all on walks and struck out five Trojan hitters. Shoemake faced a total of 24 BCHS hitters.

Thompson struck out four and walked twp. He also hit a batter. Two Glasgow runners were picked off bases.

“You can’t win if you don’t hit. Hard to win a no-hitter. Our guy did a good job. His first start this year. His second start in his career. The guy throws a four hitter and gave up three of those in the first inning. He didn’t give up another hit until an infield single in the sixth. He did a great job,” said Barren County’s coach Johnny Vance. “If we get that kind of outing out of him from now on when he is a starter, which obviously is what he is going to be, we’ll be alright. We have so many guys hurt that we thought were going to pitch for us at the beginning of the season. In fact, he came off a little bit of an arm injury. He’s probably been pitching for the last two weeks. Coming off a little of a shoulder problem. To see him throw like that gives us somebody we can plug into the rotation and hope we are going to get something close to that when he’s out there.

We made plays in the field. We didn’t do anything to give them any runs. They earned what they got there in the first inning. After that, Thompson settled down and threw the ball good. He did a really good job on the mound for us. You got to give Shoemake a lot of credit. When you throw a no-hitter you obviously have pitched real well. He is not the kind of guy who is going to overpower you. He mixes up his pitches. He changes speeds. Located the ball well. And that’s how come he’s tough. When you change speeds and locate well, you have a chance to get people out and that’s what he did.”

Glasgow is now 14-4 on the season and undefeated in district play. The Trojans dropped to 11-11. It’s their second defeat against district competition.