SCOTTSVILLE – The Scotties trailed the Patriots by one run heading into the top of the sixth inning in the District 15 championship Wednesday at Allen County-Scottsville.
Glasgow senior catcher Ryan Jones got on base and later stole second. The Scotties were then able to get runners on second and third with one out, and while the Patriots were able to strike out the next batter, Jones raced to home plate on a passed ball to tie the game at 6-6.
ACS was able to score two runs in the bottom of the frame, however, and the Patriots retired the Scotties in the top of the seventh for an 8-6 victory and district title.
"Got off to real good start just playing really good baseball," Glasgow coach Sam Royse said after the game. "And it just sort of fell apart for us there."
Royse said the Patriots got a couple of timely hits, "and hit it in good spots."
"They took the lead, and we came back and tied it," the Scottie coach said, adding that Glasgow made some defensive miscues in the bottom of the sixth, and ACS "took advantage of all of them – and it hurt."
In the top of the first inning, Jones got on base and senior Jaydon Wells hit an RBI single to right field to give Glasgow a 1-0 lead.
ACS was able to get runners on first and second in the bottom of the frame, but the Scotties stranded them on base.
Glasgow junior pitcher Jaden Franklin retired the Patriots in the bottom of the second with a strikeout.
Jones led off the top of the third with a single to right field, and then junior Tucker Kirkpatrick hit a sacrifice grounder to advance him to second. Jones was then able to get to third as Jaydon Wells reached first off of a Patriot error.
The Scotties loaded the bases with one out, but the Patriots were able to get the force out at home plate. With two outs, sophomore Cole Stephens stepped up to the plate and hit a two-RBI single to center field, and then senior Thad Dial hit a two-RBI double to left field to give the Scotties a 5-0 advantage.
The Patriots loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the third, and they were able to score a run before Franklin ended the inning with a strikeout.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Wells hit a single to right field and later stole second. Franklin was then walked to put Scottie runners on first and second, but ACS was able to retire the side.
In the bottom of the frame, Franklin walked two Patriot batters before being replaced on the mound by sophomore Tyler Lane – Franklin finished his outing with four strikeouts. The next ACS batter laid down a bunt to advance the runners to second and third while Jones was able to get the first out with a hard throw to first base.
The Patriots were then able to score two runs on two consecutive plays to make it a two-run game, and then scored two more to tie the contest at 5-5.
Dial was able to make a play in the infield, throwing out the runner at first to end the fourth inning.
After retiring the Scotties in the top of the fifth, the Patriots took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the frame, eventually defeating Glasgow after scoring two more runs in the sixth.
Both Glasgow (16-16) and ACS (13-16) advance to the Region 4 tournament next week at Western Kentucky University.
"We're going to the regional tournament," Royse said. "That's the consolation in this game right here – but our kids wanted to win the (district) tournament."
With the district now behind them, the Scottie coach said they have their sights set on the regional tournament.
"See if our guys can get their spirits back up," Royse said. "And go down there and do the best we can."