Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 12, 2014

9:05 EVENING UPDATE: Glasgow captures Region 4 All 'A' title

By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — It was a good day of baseball for Glasgow on Saturday. The Scotties won two games in impressive fashion on their way to their fourth consecutive Fourth Region All "A" Classic baseball tournament title.

Glasgow captured the title by beating Monroe County 11-2 in the championship game at Clinton County High School. The Scotties won the first game of the day 11-0 over Cumberland County.

Other than a hiccup in the sixth inning of the championship game, Glasgow mixed finely the three ingredients head coach Sam Royse calls the keys to successful baseball -- good pitching, good defense and timely hitting.

"We played well all day long, then right there in the end we did make a couple of miscues," Royse said as his players gathered nearby on the field to have their photo taken with the championship plaque. "For the duration of the game, we were a pretty good baseball team."

The photo op may have been with the trophy, but the highlight of the day came from the semifinal win when Matt Shives threw a no-hitter against Cumberland.

"It's been a long time since I can even recall a no-hitter being thrown around here," Royse said. "It doesn't matter what level you are playing on, when a pitcher throws a no-hitter, it's a pretty special performance. I'm certainly proud of Matthew."

Shives struck out three and walked one. Behind him, his defense committed only one error and recorded 15 outs.

"It was just a phenomenal performance out there for (Shives). He's bounced back from the leg injury," Royse said. "He had two hits in the ball game, so Matt is probably poised now to make a bigger impact on the baseball team."

The Scotties scored runs in five of the six innings in which they batted. The game ended on the 10-run mercy rule after the sixth inning.

Ryan Hinkley and Connor Glass each had doubles in the game, while Shives, Tyler Pitcock, and Bryce Logsdon each had a pair of singles. Jon Thomas Green, Pudge Morgan and Josh Boggs each also had a hit against Cumberland.

In the title game, the Scotties scored at least a run in each inning but the seventh. Green started on the mound and struck out seven batters. He allowed three hits, walked one and hit two batters. Dylan Poore closed the final two innings, struck out three, allowed two hits, hit one batter and walked one.

"The key thing is that we pitched very well," Royse said. "When we are pitching well, that also means that we are defending well because we don't strike tons of guys out. We get lots of fly balls and we get lots of ground balls that are catchable balls and they are throwing guys out. It's a hand-in-hand game out there."

Boggs led the way at the plate in the late game, going 3-for-4 with a trio of singles. Hinkley and Pitcock each added a pair of singles, while Logsdon, Green, Morgan and James Kingery each had a single.

For Monroe, Trey Emmert, Cody Ford, Garrett Crowe, Gage Nelson and Noah Curtis each had a single in the game.

Trevor Bean started for the Falcons. He pitched four innings, allowed nine hits, walked four and struck out one. Crowe, Curtis and Carlton Huff also pitched for Monroe.

Glasgow improved to 13-4 overall with the pair of wins and will play the Region 3 winner at a later date. Monroe fell to 5-4.