By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood’s softball team split six games, including going 2-3 in the Gators Invitational softball tournament as the Lady Gators started area play as well.
The Gators have a 13-6 record on the season including a key 11-0 victory over Lee-Scott in a game played in Auburn.
That win was important as it gives Glenwood a 1-0 record in area play with their second area game was scheduled March 12 at home against the Lady Wildcats. Glenwood was to play Macon East on March 11, but the game was called due to rain and a makeup date had not been determined.
On March 5, Ashley Gallant was almost unhittable as she went five innings against the Lady Warriors allowing two hits and two walks while striking out 11 batters.
Neely Austin and Mae Durham led the hitting attack with Austin getting three hits and two RBI and Durham hitting a home run and single with an additional two RBI.
On the first day of the Glenwood Invitational, the Lady Gators opened with a 3-0 win over Pike Liberal Arts. Again it was Gallant on the mound, giving up only two hits and getting six strikeouts. Austin had two hits while RBI’s were knocked in by Anna Perdue, Sophie Wilkerson and Hope Gullatt.
Carle Hampton started the next game against Bessemer Academy and the result was not good as she gave up home runs by Erin Babeneaux and Jenna Bisharat in an 11-1 loss.
Arianna Pinder had the only hit and run for the Gators in a game stopped after four innings.
That put Glenwood against Macon East and SEC signee Madison Kennedy had two runs batted in with a home run as the Lady Knights shut out Glenwood for the win, 5-0.
Again the Lady Gator bats fell silent with only three hits and Gallant, who gave up only two earned runs, was tagged with the loss. Glenwood was charged with a whopping five errors in the game.
Pinder, Gullatt and Hampton had the only hits in the game for Glenwood.
That put Glenwood in against Pickens Academy on the ninth and the game turned into a pitching duel between Gallant and Pickens’ Christi Lowe. The game was scoreless after seven innings. Pickens did score in the eighth, but Glenwood got two runs from pinch runners Macey Green and Lela Childs in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 2-1 extra inning win.
Both pitchers were superb as Gallant gave up three hits and no walks while striking out 13 and Lowe allowed two hits and struck out 17. Hampton and Morgan Grant had the only hits for the Lady Gators.
Gallant went back to the mound in the second game against Edgewood and took the loss, 2-0 as again the Lady Gators were limited to three hits. Gallant gave up one earned run and five hits in the loss. Grant, Lacie Pelt and Wellsley Henderson got hits for Glenwood.
After the area game with Springwood, the Lady Gators will travel to Eufaula and meet Lakeside today before going to Cecil to participate in the Macon East Invitational Tournament March 15-16.