The Glasgow 12U baseball team played in the Pacific Northwest Regionals in Kalispell late last week and although the outcome wasn’t one fans had hoped for, the team left the community proud nonetheless.
Glasgow won its lone game against Kalispell by a score of 5-3, but even their three losses, head coach Mike Nieskens felt that his team continued to play hard and refused to back down to their opponents regardless of the final scores.
“I’m really proud of the kids,” Nieskens said. “I never saw them give up in these games. Just being in that atmosphere and knowing they made it there will help them for when they return to that stage. Next time they won’t be nervous about it.”
Glasgow opened up Regional play last Thursday against a Lower Columbia team residing from Oregon. Glasgow had a tough time getting their bats going and ended up losing the game 7-1.
The 12U team bounced back nicely in the second game against the host team Kalispell as they pulled out a 5-3 victory to the delight of parents and fans of Glasgow that made the trek to Kalispell.
The jubilation was short-lived as Glasgow lost to Southern Washington 16-1 and Whitefish 14-2 to end their tournament play.
Nieskens said that in the game against Southern Washington, Glasgow faced off against a pitcher that stood 6-foot-3 and weighed 230 pounds.
“I didn’t see anything too special [about that pitcher] other than the intimidation factor he had with his presence on the mound,” Nieskens said.
Looking on to next season, Nieskens is hopeful that the team can continue its winning ways and expects the next batch of players on the 12U squad to do just that.