SCOTTSVILLE — Glasgow had nothing to lose.
It's hard to beat a team three times in one season.
The Lady Scotties are Barren County's crosstown rival.
Headed into Tuesday's District 15 opener, Barren County coach Daryl Murphy knew that beating Glasgow wouldn't be easy based on the aforementioned facts and the expectations that come along with being the top seed.
But the Trojanettes put the sports cliches and pressure aside and pounded the softball to beat the Lady Scotties handily in a five-inning game.
Barren County scored 11 unanswered runs and defeated Glasgow 11-1. The win advanced the Trojanettes to Wednesday’s district title game against Allen County-Scottsville, and secured Barren County a spot in next week’s 4th Region tournament.
"I thought we were a little nervous early on there, but we settled in," Murphy said.
Glasgow senior Taylor Murphy singled to left field in the top of the first inning with one out and advanced to second on a walk by Brianna Mosier.
Murphy stole third base, and came into score after Barren County couldn’t field a Macy Wilkerson ground ball with two out.
It didn’t take Barren County long to respond, as the Trojanettes sent nine batters to the plate in the home half of the inning.
Hayden Sutherland was hit-by-a-pitch, and Allie Anderson follow with a single. The bases were loaded after Mallory Pedigo reached on an error, then Maddie Hagan drove home the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly ball.
Cora Bogue drove home the second run for Barren County with a single. Lara Simmons and Ashley Hammer each drove home a run with two outs, and Barren County led 4-1 after the first.
"It was really important for us to come back in the bottom of the first and put those runs on the board and kind of match them," Murphy said, as he added Barren County needed to stop Glasgow's momentum early and not allow the underdog confidence.
The Trojanettes added three more runs in the second inning, as Lilie Broady drove home a run with a hit and Bogue followed up with a two-RBI triple to right field.
Meanwhile, Broady sent down the Lady Scotties in order in the second and third innings.
Wilkerson singled in the top of the fourth, and Ella Darst joined her on the base paths after drawing a walk.
Bogue ended the threat by striking out the next hitter and getting the final Lady Scottie batter of the inning to pop out to the catcher, and Barren County maintained its 7-1 lead.
The Trojanettes(30-4) added three more runs in the home half of the fourth inning. Pedigo singled and Hagan doubled off the fence, and they both came home to score on a Bogue single.
A Simmons’ sacrifice fly brought home the third run of the inning and gave Barren County a 10-1 lead.
Bogue sent the Lady Scotties down in order in the top of the fifth inning.
Anderson drove home the 11th run of the game for Barren County in the bottom of the fifth to end the contest.
Murphy said he was pleased with how some of the Barren County hitters were able to battle with two strikes on them and carve out important hits.
ACS has quality pitching, and that kind of toughness will be needed again Wednesday, he said.
"We know that we will have to again bring the focus, the discipline...the things that afforded us the ability to win 30 games this year," Murphy said.
Glasgow finished its season with a 9-22 record.
Coach Steven Murphy said the Lady Scotties were in a great position after their first at-bat, but they were unable to hold Barren County at bay offensively.
"Barren's a good club. They hit it good. They pitch it good. They make good plays. They just do things right and they're hard to beat, and you cannot make any mistakes," he said.
Amanda Lee and Murphy's daughter, Taylor Murphy, depart the program as seniors.
"They've been with us since sixth grade. They were the last group that could play with us as sixth graders," Steven Murphy said.
"I just appreciate their contributions to our program. As I told them, they're going to go on to bigger and better things in life."
ACS rolls past Monroe County
Allen County-Scottsville will meet Barren County in the district finale Wednesday night after knocking off Monroe County in the first round of the tournament.
The Lady Patriots scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed in the contest, eventually winning the game 11-1 in six innings.
Bailey Ausbrooks cleared the bases with a single in the bottom of first inning that was misplayed by a Monroe County outfielder.
Taylor Gregory singled home the fourth run of the inning to give ACS a 4-0 lead.
Allie Byrn singled home a Lady Patriot as part of a three-run second inning that pushed the ACS lead to 7-0.
Hollie Harlan and Brooklyn Brownlee reached on hits for Monroe County in the third inning, but ACS starting pitcher Karley Burchett pitched out of the jam and the Lady Patriots held their 7-0 advantage.
ACS added another run in the fifth inning, and the Lady Falcons got on the board in the top of the sixth inning.
The Lady Patriots finished off the Lady Falcons by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
ACS(12-22) will play Barren County at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the district tournament finale.
Monroe County ends its season at 18-14.