Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 27, 2014

Hornets sting Scottie in All 'A' sectional

By J. PAT DYER
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW —

The Hornets sting the Scotties on Glasgow's home field. Glasgow's dream of a Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic title came to an end when they lost to Hancock County 6-0 Saturday afternoon.

The Scotties sent Dalton Shoemake and his 4-1 record to the hill in hopes of advancing in the Classic. Shoemake pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up 5 hits and allowing only two earned runs. Jon Thomas Green relieved Shoemake in the fifth inning. Green gave up only one run and one hit. All numbers good enough to win, but the Scotties, uncharacteristically, couldn't put men on base and committed four errors.

I think our pitching was the plus of the game. Our pitchers gave our kids chances to make plays. There were some tough chances out there, but we gave our kids chances to make those plays. “ Said Glasgow's head coach Sam Royse. “We are disappointed for our youngsters. Hancock County played a great, beautiful ball game today and we didn't match it. They won the game and deserved to win the game.

The lefthander (The Hornet's Will Allard) pitched a masterful game. He kept balls down. He didn't walk many – maybe one or two kids. They made plays defensively. They made routine plays. They made some tough plays. They went right, they went left on balls hit well. They just did what you have to do to win.”

The Hornets jumped on the Scotties early. Colton White and Kolton Keown, the second and third batters in the first inning, both reached on singles. White scored on Keowns hit when the ball got by Glasgow's outfielders and rolled almost to the fence. Keown scored on a single by Logan Cheek two batters later giving the Hornets a 2-0 lead after one half inning.

We made mistakes. That's how runs are usually scored. Rarely will you see a team go up there and go base hit, base hit, base hit, base hit and score two or three runs in an inning,” Royse said. “Usually somewhere there is a walk or an error or something that aides a team.”

Hancock County added another run in the second on two Glasgow errors combined with a stolen base and a wild pitch. Shoemake retired the next eight batters in a row with help from Josh Boggs, who caught five fly balls in right field, during the streak, including four in a row.

With one out in the fifth inning, the Hornet's Garrett Pate and White singled. They moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Glasgow's coach Royse then elected to put Keown on base with an intentional walk to load the bases. Shoemake then walked in the fourth Hornet run of the game when he threw a full count ball to Tristan Bozarth, Hancock County's cleanup hitter.

Green replaced Shoemake on the mound. The next batter, Cheek, hit a hard grounder to Ryan Hinkley, at third, who threw home, retiring White, to get the second out. While pitching to Jake Powers, Keown scored on a passed ball.

Hancock County plated an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a Pate single, a Scottie error, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.

Allard earned the win. He allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one. Patrick McBride relived him pitching to just one Glasgow batter.

We didn't get (many) opportunities today because Hancock played flawlessly defensively,” Royse said.

Getting the four singles for the Scotties were Bryce Logsdon, Connor Glass, Boggs and James Kingery. Glasgow is now 17-7 on the year. The Hornets are 13-10.

Glasgow began playing in the All “A” Classic baseball tournament four years ago and made a trip to the state tournament the three previous seasons. The Scotties return to action Tuesday at 5 p.m. Against Monroe County in a 15th District game, weather permitting.