Lady Gators play through tourney
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By Ronald Frazier
With four doubleheaders in five days, it would have been easy for the Lady Gators softball team to have a letdown. But that did not happen as Glenwood won eight more games to extend their win streak on the year to 17 straight and improve to 32-6-1 on the 2019 season.
That included the Abbeville Christian softball tournament that the Lady Gators won on March 30 by defeating Pike in the championship game.
As the season winds down, the Lady Gators will see where they stand this week they will face Bessemer Academy April 6 at home for a twin bill.
Two key games for the Lady Gators were the two wins against arch-rival Lee Scott on March 26. Those two wins grabbed first place for Glenwood in area play.
“You look at the stats for that game and you can see we played very well,” said Coach Dusty Perdue. “We won the first game on a no-hitter by Ashley and in the second game, came from behind in the bottom of the 5th with Anna Perdue’s hit.”
The first game against the Lady Warriors was a 12-0 blasting. Not only did Gallant have a no-hitter, she pitched a perfect game for her four innings, not allowing a base runner.
While Gallant kept the Lee Scott bats silent, her receiver Mae Durham was three for three with a triple and four RBI. Four different Glenwood players went two for three, Ariana Pinder, Carle Hampton, Gallant and Morgan Grant and Neely Austin was two for four with a triple as well.
In the second game, Perdue’s hit highlighted a 4-3 victory for the Lady Gators as she was a perfect three for three at the plate. The hit took Pinder off the hook for the loss and gave a relief win to Gallant.
The week of March 25 started out with two games against Northside Methodist and the Lady Gators won both games, run-ruling the visitors 11-1 in the first game and taking the second in a shutout, 6-0.
Hampton was the winning pitcher in the first game against the Lady Knights, giving up only one hit, three walks and striking out eight while giving up a single unearned run. She got plenty of hitting from her teammates as leadoff batter Austin was three for four at the plate with two runs and Gallant and Pinder had two hits and two RBI each to aid the cause.
In the second game, the Lady Gators won 6-0 with Pinder getting the pitching win allowing two hits and striking out four and Hampton helped by going was two for two with two RBI.
The final four games of the week turned into two doubleheaders on March 29 and 30 as the Lady Gators took home first place in the Lady Generals tournament.
In the first game, the Lady Gators mercy-ruled Abbeville Christian 10-0 with Hampton grabbing her second win of the week as the Glenwood scored in every inning of the contest. Glenwood had their hitting shoes on as Gullatt was three for four with two RBI and a double and Austin was two for three with three RBI and a double. Hampton even helped her own cause as she was two for four with a run batted in at the plate.
Glenwood then faced Northside Methodist for the third time and the result was no different than the first of the week as the Lady Gators won 9-1. Gallant pitched five innings and gave up only two hits and a run and struck out 10. Gullatt and Durham were both two for three with two RBI and Perdue also had an RBI.
Glenwood scored two in the bottom of the 5th to make it another run-ruled con-test.
That set the stage for Glenwood to meet Northside Methodist on March 30 and Glenwood was four for four against their Dothan opponents for the week. Glenwood won the game, 8-1 to send them into the championship game as Pinder got the win by allowing three hits to the Lady Knights and only one unearned run.
Chloe Enfinger came off the bench for a start and led Glenwood with a two for three performance and scoring two runs. Glenwood scored four runs in the third and followed with four in the fourth to win.
In the championship game, Hampton allowed only three hits and struck out nine in five innings as the Lady Gators run-ruled Pike Liberal Arts, 11-1.
Glenwood pounded out 16 hits and Gullatt was two for three with a home run and two RBI and scored four times. Wellsley Henderson was three for three with three RBI and Durham and Hampton also had three hits each.
“We had a reduced squad Saturday and played great. We hit the ball and Carle and Ariana pitched great and Carle and Hope led our team in hitting all weekend,” said Perdue of his team’s efforts in the tournament.