Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 9, 2012

Glasgow 10s take two tough losses

JAMESTOWN — Randy Shaw, the head coach of the Glasgow Athletics Program 10-Under All-Stars knew his team would be behind the eight ball this past week when they competed in the Little League, Inc. District 5 Tournament.

The Little League tournament is live arm pitching at that age, but the Glasgow 10-Under division plays with a pitching machine during the regular season. So, when the all-star team was put together a few weeks ago, Shaw had to not only work to create a cohesive unit, but he also had to teach some of his players to pitch and catch. It wasn’t an easy task.

But after the Glasgow all-stars were eliminated from the district tournament this past weekend after losing to South Hardin by the score of 25-9, Shaw knew some changes have to be made.

“I thought the kids gave great effort tonight,” Shaw said. “We got down early, but the kids hung in there and battled back.

“I talked to the kids after the game and told them we’re playing a little bit different type of game than these other teams are playing. These other teams have been playing live arm pitching all season, something that we don’t do.

“So our 9-and 10-year olds are at a decided disadvantage when we come to the tournament because we use pitching machines instead of playing live arm. I hope that we can do something about that in our league next year.”

The Glasgow Scottie never did give up, even after spotting South Hardin several runs early in the game. The Scotties were able to put the bat on the ball, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.

“I thought we hit this team pretty well. We were able to score some runs,” said Shaw. “We didn’t make a ton of errors in the field. But the South Hardin batters hit our pitchers, which have been pitching live arm for,  I think, three weeks.”

Shaw said he’s excited about what it means to be a part of Little League, Inc. and he believes the Glasgow program will continue to move ahead.

“We have a very young team and we talked to the kids about how we were playing much older teams in this tournament,” said Shaw. “These other teams have a lot more live arm pitching experience. That’s probably the biggest thing I told the kids. We all gave great effort, the coaches gave great effort. We don’t want to give any excuses. We just played teams that were better than us right now.

“I think this (level of play in the district tournament) is the direction the Glasgow Little League should have been going the last 10 to 15 years. We’re getting a little bit of late start, but we’re excited about what lies ahead.”

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