Barren County coach Johnny Vance said last week that with the way his team was playing baseball at the end of the season there was little chance it would win in the 15th District Tournament.

The Trojans (12-20) did lose 13-3 in six innings to Glasgow on Wednesday, but the loss had less to do with how they played and more to do with how well the Scotties slugged the ball.

“I really thought it would be a close ball game today, but we hit the heck out of it,” Glasgow head coach Sam Royse said.

The Trojans led 1-0 through three innings and, with Lucas Mohon on the mound and the defense sharp, appeared to have control of the game.

That all changed in two pitches.

In the bottom of the fourth, Chase Williams led off and knocked the first pitch Mohon delivered to him of the fence in left centerfield. That shot tied the game.

Corey Witcher followed, saw the first pitch and knocked it over the left field fence. That homer gave Glasgow the lead for good.

Third baseman Wes Billingsley stopped a hard hit ball by Craig Mosier to get him out at first before Travis Bowman hit the third pitch he saw over the fence in left field.

Those three home runs nearly doubled the Scotties’ home run total for the year. They had five coming into the game.

By the end of the inning, Glasgow had eight runs and Blake Crabtree had replaced Mohon on the mound.

Barren County coach Johnny Vance said Mohon looked sharp in the pre-game warm up, but added he wasn’t as crisp once the game began. The two pitches that led to consecutive home runs were left over the middle of the plate, Vance said.

After the three home runs, it was a combination of hits and errors that allowed the next five runs to score.

Tyler Morris reached base on a single and moved to third on an error that allowed Wes Spears to reach second. A double by Ben Brownfield drove them both home. Ethan Pace, running for Brownfield, scored on a ground-rule double by Nick Foster. Foster later scored on an error that allowed Williams to reach second in his second at-bat of the inning. Witcher singled to score Williams before Crabtree struck out Mosier.

The Trojans led 1-0 going into the fourth inning and had a couple of chances to increase that lead before the Scotties’ offensive explosion.

“We botched up a squeeze play (in the second inning). That would’ve put us up 2-0 if would’ve executed that play like it should’ve been executed,” Vance explained “We came back in the top of the fourth and had runners on second and third with two outs and we couldn’t come up with a hit.

“That’s a bunch of ifs and that’s kind of the way we’ve done all year. If we would’ve done this or if we would’ve done that, obviously we would’ve done a whole lot better in the won-loss column.”

In the second, an error by Glasgow allowed Billingsley to reach base safely. He moved to second when Seth Edmunds drew a walk from Witcher and the each advanced a base on a pass ball.

Tyler Miller drove in Billingsley with a ground out. Edmunds moved to third on the ground out.

Mason Myatt came to the plate and bunted, but Edmunds was tagged out while trying to score.

In the top of the fourth the first two batters got out before Edmunds drew another walk and moved to third on a single by Miller.

Myatt drew a walk to load the bases before Witcher got out of the jam by striking out Crabtree.

While the offense was threatening, the defense was sound for the Trojans.

“They were playing well early on. Made every defensive play and made some good defensive plays,” Royse said.

The Scotties had only one hit before Williams nailed the home run to start the fourth inning.

The Trojans appeared ready to rally in the top of the fifth inning when, with one out, Crabtree nailed a two-run homer over the left field fence that cut the lead to 8-3.

Witcher walked Mohon before he was able to get out of the inning by forcing a ground out and a fly out.

The Trojans went three up, three down in the top of the sixth.

Crabtree walked the first two batters to start the bottom of the sixth before Williams singled to load the bases. Witcher drew a walk that scored Foster.

Billingsley replaced Crabtree and gave up a single to Mosier that scored Williams and Charlie Mudd. Bowman singled to score Witcher and Morris drove in Mosier for the game-ending run on the 10-run mercy rule.

Glasgow had 14 hits in the game.

Bowman led the way, going 4 for 4 with the homer and three singles.

Morris was 3 for 4 with two singles and a double, while Witcher was 2 for 3 with the homer and a single. Williams was 2 for 4 with the home run and a single.

Mosier, Brownfield and Foster each also had a hit.

Royse said Witcher wasn’t as sharp on the mound as he has been.

“Corey didn’t have his best stuff today, but he was effective enough,” the coach said.

The Glasgow pitcher allowed only two hits, but he did walk six. He also struck out five Trojan batters.

Crabtree’s home run and a single by Miller were the only two hits for Barren.

Mohon allowed seven hits and struck out one. He had no walks in 3 1/3 innings.

Crabtree pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed four hits. He struck out two and walked three.

Billingsley pitched to three batters and allowed three hits.

Glasgow (16-17) is scheduled to play Allen County tonight at 6 p.m. in the district final at BCHS.


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