Gators have quiet week, win twice

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By Ronald Frazier

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Glenwood’s baseball team had a quiet week, but the Gators took full advantage of the week by winning both games played and improving the season record to 19-8.

All of the Gators’ game for the rest of the regular season will be on the road with six games at four different sites to be played next week.

The first win for the week was captured when the Gators edged Lakeside, 1-0 in a pitching battle. Luke Davis was the winning pitcher and Jake Melton came in to preserve the win.

Trevor Crisco had a deep sacrifice fly to score Glenwood’s run in the very first inning and that was the scoring for the entire game. Landon Russell reached base three times as he got a hit and walked twice and stole two bases. He also made a great play in the field to preserve the win.

“Landon threw a runner out at the plate in the 6th inning for the last out of that inning and we retired the side in the seventh to win it,” said Glenwood coach Tim Fanning after the close contest was over.

Following that win in Eufaula, the Gators traveled to Macon East and beat the Knights in Cecil, 6-2.

Melton came in and recorded his second straight save and helped Jack Wesley Lahr capture his fourth pitching win against only one loss.

Kody Bence had two hits and an RBI for the Gators and Bryce Newman also did damage, going 2-for-4 and knocking in two runs. 

“The key was timely hitting when we needed it and Jake finishing it up to preserve the win. Lahr also did a good job in the start as well,” Fanning reported of his team’s efforts. 

For the coming week, Glenwood was to play Calvary Christian in Columbus on Monday. It was to be the second game of the year between the two schools as Calvary defeated Glenwood for the first time ever in their earlier meeting. 

Then the Gators were scheduled to play  a key doubleheader on Friday as they were to face Springwood in Lanett that will determine second place in the area and must-wins for Glenwood to stay in the playoff picture. After those two, Glenwood goes back to Georgia and will meet Deerfield-Windsor in Albany on Friday and play Bainbridge High and Valdosta High on Saturday in Valdosta. The regular season ends with a road game the 16th against Edgewood Academy.