Lady Gators beat Abbeville
By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood ended the regular season on “senior” night with a bang as they swept a doubleheader with Abbeville Academy on April 18 at the Lady Gator field, 8-3 and 8-1 and will now go on to the state playoffs with a sparkling 38-8-1 record.
The playoffs will begin today at Lagoon Park softball complex in Montgomery for the region tournament and Glenwood will be the No. 1 seed for the area as they were undefeated in area play. The region tournament is important because it will determine Glenwood’s first round opponent.
Glenwood coach Dusty Perdue is adamant about strategy in the state—stay out of the losers’ bracket.
“It gets hotter in May, plus you wear out your pitching and wear out your players. You want the other teams to come through the loser’s bracket,” Perdue has said many times.
The two wins against the Lady Generals also ended a modest two-game losing streak as Glenwood traveled to Elmore, ala. and lost a doubleheader to Edgewood Academy. Glenwood had hosted Edgewood the week before and won 4-2 but the two games at Elmore were not close.
Two days later, Glenwood honored their seven seniors, and Perdue started all seven of those players responded both at bat and on the mound.
“I have been at Glenwood 14 years, and this is the biggest class of seniors I have had at one time, and all of these players have been with us for a while,” Perdue said during the break between the two games with Abbeville.
Senior Ashley Gallant came through with a complete game win and allowed only three hits as Abbeville scored three runs in the six and two of those were unearned runs.
Another senior, Hope Gullatt, provided the punch at the plate as she hit a two-run home run and also drove in a third Lady Gator run in the win. Gullatt was 2-for-4 for the game and senior Carle Hampton also had two hits and an RBI. Senior Sophie Wilkerson also drove in two runs for Glenwood. Senior Morgan Grant scored two runs as well. Jaycee Griggs rounded out the senior play with a two-run RBI single. The final senior, Lela Childs, also had a base hit.
Glenwood was aggressive at the plate and had nine hits for the game, and not a single batter struck out in Game 1.
“I liked the way the team bounced back after the games at Edgewood. I felt both our pitchers, Ashley and Carle, pitched well and Hope and Carle hit the ball well and in the second game–that seven-run inning put it away for us,” Perdue said.
“Carle was pitching well, but Abbeville got a run in the final inning that spoiled the shutout, and that was on me because we called an off-speed pitch and did not have our outfielders positioned properly,” Perdue said.
The third inning of Game 2 told the tale as the Lady Gators expanded their 1-0 lead to 8-0 with the seven-run uprising. Anna Perdue had a two-RBI hit and Mae Durham was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Hampton also helped her cause with two RBIs on two hits as well.
About the two games against Edgewood, Perdue deferred to Hampton as to the team’s performance.
“We just weren’t ready to play,” Hampton said, and Coach Perdue agreed.
“They are ranked No. 3 in the state. They jumped on us early and we didn’t respond, and it was bound to happen. We had just won 21 games in a row and sometimes you have to learn from your mistakes.”
Edgewood, with Grayson Laney’s three-run first inning homer for the Lady Wildcats, set the stage and Glenwood lost those two games, 7-0 and 12-0. Macey Green and Macie Fanning had the only Glenwood hits in the second game and Glenwood was shut out on six hits in the first with Gullatt, the only Lady Gator player with multiple hits. Gallant and Wellsley Henderson were the losing pitchers.