By JAMES BROWN
Little League Inc. baseball comes to Glasgow on Saturday. The District 5 tournaments swing into action at Beaver Creek Park with 13 teams across three age groups.
Glasgow Athletics Program is in its sixth postseason sanctioned by Little League Inc., which annually has its World Series broadcast from Williamsport, Pa., across ESPN’s family of networks.
About five and a half years ago, a group of folks came together with an ambition. They wanted to build a new youth sports organization in Glasgow. They did so.
Out of the ambition was born GAP, which offers baseball, basketball and football youth sports leagues. Mixed with the initial desire to build a new program was also the desire to showcase the youth talent available in the area in district- and state-level competition. Little League is the preeminent sanctioning body for baseball, especially with its exposure boosted by the power of ESPN.
That led to GAP teams playing in their first Little League sanctioned tournaments in 2012. In their first foray, Glasgow’s three teams — 10U, 11U and 12U — did not make it out of their respective District 5 tournaments, but the foundation was set for future success.
In 2015, the Glasgow 12s reached the semifinal round of the Kentucky Little League State Tournament, before they were knocked out by eventual state champion, Bowling Green East.
In only the league’s second year, the Glasgow 10U squad marched all the way to the state semifinals before being knocked out by Painstville. Since 2013, Glasgow teams have won a district tournament at least six times. Last year, the Glasgow 12s and 10s both qualified for the state tournament.
The pursuits of more district glory begins Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on field 2, Glasgow 10U plays Boyle County, meanwhile, Glasgow 11U plays Campbellsville. Glasgow 12U plays at noon against Boyle County, also on field 2.
In 10U and 12U, the first five days of play are pool-play games. The semifinal games will be Thursday, July 6 at 5 and 7 p.m. and the championship games will be Friday, July 7 at 7 p.m.
There are only two teams playing in 11U — Glasgow and Campbellsville — and they will play a best 2-of-3 set. They will be played Saturday and Sunday with an if-necessary game at 5 p.m. Monday.
Parking for the event will be $5 per car load. The second parking lot from Ky. 90 will be the one used for the tournament. It is the parking lot adjacent to the Glasgow Fire Department training tower.