Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


July 6, 2012

Bowles big blast!

Sixth-inning single propels Glasgow to win

JAMESTOWN — Tanner Bowles had a two-out, two-run single in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday afternoon to give the Glasgow Athletics Program 11-Under All-Stars a 6-5 victory over Adair County in the first round of the Little League, Inc. District 5 Tournament.

“I am very proud of the guys. We had to overcome some battles to get this win,” said Glasgow coach Matt Bowles. “We spent most of the past couple of weeks working on defense in practice and that showed. What I was more pleased with than anything was the way they competed and the way they played defense.”

Glasgow jumped on top early against Adair County with a solo run in the top of the first inning. Nick Sorrell led off with a double and later scored on a single by Jayden Franklin. But Adair County came back with a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead.

However, that lead was short-lived as Glasgow answered back with three runs in the top of the third to retake the lead at 4-3.

Sorrell led off with a triple and scored on a double by Chris Horn. Franklin flied out to the pitcher and Horn was thrown out trying to go to third base. Tanner Bowles followed with a single and Connor Taylor moved him over with a single. Logan Sanders then walked to load the bases.

Mason Reid, the seventh man in the Glasgow lineup, came through big for the Scotties as he laced a single to center that scored Bowles and Taylor.

Defensively, Glasgow went with Franklin on the mound, replacing Sorrell, and the move seemed to pay off. Franklin held the Indians at bay until the bottom of the fifth inning when Adair County connected for two more runs to take a 5-4 advantage.

“Jayden Franklin has a lot of skill and a lot of potential,” Matt Bowles said. “He came in for us today, and not much rattles him. He threw strikes. He’s really improved throughout the year. His attitude is unbelievable and I think other kids feed off of that. I am proud of him.”

Glasgow held off a late Adair County rally. After Bowles’ big blast in the top of the sixth, the Indians came up in the bottom of the inning and put runners on second and third with only one out.

The next Adair County hitter; however, lined a shot right at Sorrell at shortstop. After making the catch, Sorrell beat the runner on third, who had already broken toward the plate, back to the bag for a double play to end the game.

“If you ever come to our practices, you would see they’re very intense, but they’re only about an hour,” Matt Bowles explained. “And yesterday, no one could do anything right. Even if they did, they didn’t. We were up on them. And I have told the boys I am going to put all the pressure on them in practice, so that we learn in the games. We want it to become second nature for them.”

And hopefully for Glasgow fans, second nature includes a lot of winning.

“Getting a win in the first game is big for us and I think it affects how you proceed in the tournament,” Matt Bowles relayed. “I think the way you win also has an impact. If we get 10-run ruled, we’re down and we think we don’t have a chance. But if we come out and 10-run rule a team, then we think we’re too good.

“But a game like today, when you have to battle for six innings and beat a good team like Adair County, I think that shows the boys we can do this. We have to come ready to play and play focused. But why not us?”

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