Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 4, 2012

Ready to go

Glasgow 12U All-Stars still alive in district tournament

GLASGOW — His players were disappointed after losing a 6-5 contest to Campbellsville on Monday night, but Scott Mills has been emphasizing to his players that they’re still alive and anything can happen.

And Mills, the head coach of the Glasgow 12-Under All-Stars is confident that his team will be ready to play on Thursday night at 6 p.m. when the Scotties take the field again in the Little League, Inc. District Tournament in Jamestown.

“Monday night was a tough loss for us, especially when we thought we had the game in hand,” said Mills. “But I want our players to realize it was just one loss. Being in the losers’ bracket is not a death sentence. It all comes down to making the plays and I am confident our players will be ready to go.”

Mills believes Glasgow’s opponent on Thursday will either be Adair County, Russell County or Marion. Those three teams played each other on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As Mills said, Glasgow was sent to the losers’ bracket after putting up a tough battle with Campbellsville.

The Scotties actually jumped on top early in the game, posting two runs in the first inning and two more in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead.

Griffin Murphy opened the game with a single and he went to second on a passed ball. Ryan Jones then moved Murphy to third on a ground ball and Drake Poland plated Murphy with a sacrifice fly.

Connor Cassady then reached on an error and Peyton Mills drew a walk. Brantley Estes then singled to score Cassady to make it 2-0.

In the second inning, Patrick Diener was hit by a pitch and Dawson Wooten reached on a fielder’s choice. But Jones followed that with a single to score Murphy and Wooten to give Glasgow the 4-0 advantage.

“I knew Campbellsville was a really good team, so I wouldn’t have felt very comfortable with a 12-0 lead,” Mills. “However, these kids are 11-and 12-year-old kids. I was proud of how the kids played.”

And just as Mills thought they would, the Tigers came back and began to chip away at the Glasgow lead.

The Tigers scored one run in the third inning and one in the fourth to make it 4-2.

They added a big three-run inning in the fifth, on two walks and two hits, to take a 5-4 advantage. Campbellsville’s final run came in the sixth.

“I think the kids came ready to play,” Mills said. “But we made some mistakes in the field that you just can’t make.”

Glasgow looked to rally in the bottom of the sixth and claim the victory. Wooten was hit by a pitch and went to second on a fielder’s choice. He moved to third on an error and later scored on a single by Ryan Jones to post the final 6-5 margin and leave Glasgow one run short.

Peyton Mills got the start on the mound for Glasgow and he went four complete innings on 64 pitches. Poland came on in relief and threw 18 pitches. Estes then finished the game, throwing 43 pitches.

“I have a lot of confidence in all three of our pitchers,” said Mills. “They’re on a pitch count, but I had confidence Monday going to Drake and Brantley when we pulled Peyton out. I think all three of them pitched well.”

In other Glasgow action, the Glasgow 10-Under All-Star Team will also be in action on Thursday in Jamestown. They will begin play at 8 p.m.

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