Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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May 2, 2014

PREP BASEBALL: Glasgow rallies, crushes Monroe Co.

GLASGOW — The Scotties rallied to defeat the Monroe County Falcons Thursday night at Richardson Field. After a slow start, Glasgow used timely hitting, patient plate appearances and a dominating pitching performance by starter J.T. Green to win 11-3.

Green pitched five innings and gave up just three hits while striking out 10 and issuing one base on balls. Both runs Green allowed were unearned. Dylan Hernandez pitched the final two innings for the Scotties. The Falcons had two hits against him, a walk and one earned run.

“Green had pretty good numbers. Hernandez when he came in did a good job. It was a fairly typical game for us. We had only one error. We defended well. I thought Monroe County struck the ball well. Offensively, we take what is given to us. In situations tonight, they started to walk some people. We showed patience at the plate and some strike zone awareness that led to some big innings. I’ve said before – teams need a little help along the way,” said Glasgow’s coach Sam Royse. “We seem to be in a little bit of a lull. That happens. We’ll continue to scratch and claw. Churn the old butter churn.”

“I was real happy with Connor Glass and the way he went after some balls. He wasn’t able to finish the play, but a baseball coach must appreciate that kind of effort when he goes in the hole, lays his body out and knocks the ball down. Another thing, when he gets base hits, he cuts a real wide aggressive turn. It’s nothing but flat out effort and that’s what we coach,” added Royse. “Again, we’ll continue to scratch and claw and keep working for everything we get. It’s nice to win the ball game.”

Monroe County was able to score a run in the second inning on a walk, a single by Chance England and a fielder’s choice. In the third, they scored again when Trey Emmert led the inning off with a walk, stole second and third then scored on a throwing error.

The Scotties answered in the bottom of the third by sending eight men to the plate. Josh Boggs got to first on a Falcon error to start the inning. Then after the next two batters were retired, Bryce Logsdon worked starting pitcher Carlton Huff for a walk. Huff followed Logsdon by walking Green. Then Huff balked while Glass was at the plate to score Boggs. Glass singled to score Logsdon and Green to give Glasgow the lead.

Glasgow added five more runs in the fifth when they sent 11 batters to the plate. Pudge Morgan picked up the only hit of the inning when he smoked a ball down the third-base line that was knocked down by Austin Graves behind the bag. During the inning, the Falcon reliever, Emmert, gave up walks to Tyler Pitcock, Matt Shives, Ryan Hinkley, Green, Glass and James Kingery.

The Falcons picked up their third run in the sixth against Hernandez when Gage Nelson drove home Cody Ford with a single.

The Scotties scored three more runs in the sixth. Glass led off the inning with a single. He scored, after stealing second, on a Morgan single. Boggs then walked before Dylan Poore drove in the Glasgow base runners with a single to right center.

“Sam’s got a good ball club. We knew that coming in. Some walks, a couple of errors kind of deflated us when they took the lead. I felt we played well for the first couple of innings. We just came up on the short end,” said the Falcon’s coach, Jerome Taylor. “You have to give it to the Scotties; they have a good ball club. Sam’s clubs are patient. They get the pitch they want. They are a very disciplined team and they have been for 30 years under his tutelage. I thought we hit the ball pretty well. We put the ball in play at times. We didn’t get the timely hits we needed when runners were in scoring position. That hurt us, but that’s baseball.”

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