By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood’s Lady Gators made it to the region championship game with a win over Pike Liberal Arts but lost to Macon East in the title contest on April 26 to finish 1-1 in the determination of spots in the state tournament.
Only the top four teams go to state in Region 1 and Region 2. As the loser of the title contest, the Lady Gators will now face the No. 3 seed at 1 p.m. ET in Montgomery on May 2 at the Lagoon Park softball contest—that would be the winner of the game between Russell Christian and Morgan Academy. The tournament was to begin and end April 25 but was delayed a day because of heavy rains at the tournament site in the afternoon. Glenwood started the tournament with a 5-1 victory over Pike Liberal Arts in the first game of the tournament. The Lady Gators, by being the No. 1 seed in the area, did not have to play in the first round.
The Lady Gators captured their thirty-ninth win of the 2019 season with timely hitting and solid pitching from their No. 1 starter, Ashley Gallant.
Gallant pitched a complete game, giving up only five hits and a single run on a sacrifice fly. She did not walk a batter but surprisingly had only one strikeout.
Glenwood scored two runs in the first inning that proved to be enough to take the victory. Mae Durham had the RBI, and the other run was scored on an error in that fateful first.
Glenwood added single runs in the third, fourth and sixth to add insurance. Hope Gullatt was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, and Carle Hampton was also 2-for-3. That pitted Glenwood against Macon East, and they ran into a hot pitcher in the Lady Knights’ Thames. She limited Glenwood to a single hit in a 7-0 victory for the region crown.
Mae Durham’s hit was the only safety the Lady Gators could muster in the loss, while Madelyn Johnson was the hitting star for the Lady Knights, going 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI to pace the victory. That made the Lady Gators 39-9-1 on the season and they will go for win No. 40 in the first game of the state tournament.