By Ronald Frazier
With senior week activities at Glenwood, the Lady Gators softball team wound up with only one game, but it was an important one.
The Lady Gators took on Macon East in Cecil and used a three-run rally in the final inning to defeat the Lady Knights, 3-1. Glenwood was to play Bessemer two games on April 6, but that was cancelled. Glenwood is now 33-6-1 and has won 18 games in a row.
The Lady Knights jumped ahead when leadoff batter Taylor McKinney stroked a home run in her second at-bat for a 1-0 lead and that’s the way it stood until the seventh.
“I have to give her (McKinney) credit,” Glenwood Coach Dusty Perdue said. “Ashley made a good pitch and she got it and sent it out.”
“Gallant pitched great and held them in check so that we could come back,” Perdue added.
Gallant pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out five while walking four, two intentionally.
“We hit the ball in the first part of the game, but several of them were line drives right at their players,” said Perdue of the early going in the contest. “They turned three double plays in the first four innings and that kept us off the scoreboard.”
That is until the fateful seventh when Carle Hampton, who was 2-for-3 in the game, led the inning off with a double. Glenwood was credited with only four total hits but two of those came in that inning. Mae Durham had an RBI with a single and two pinch runners scored, Chloe Enfinger and Lela Childs, as Macon East hit one batter and walked another and committed two errors.
“We went against the book in the bottom of the inning when with two out, McKinney came up and we walked her to load the bases. She is only a sophomore and is already being looked at by division one and was player of the year in Class AA last year as a freshman. The next batter popped up and that ended the game for the win,” Perdue said.
This week, Glenwood varsity has three games set, a twin bill with Springwood in Lanett and a single contest with Edgewood Academy today. The Springwood twin bill is important for the area championship.
“We will need to win one of those two games to clinch first place,” Perdue said.
Friday and Saturday Glenwood will participate in the state JV championships to be held at Macon East.
‘Our JV team has had a great year,” Perdue said. “We are 8-0 and have one more game with Edgewood. Then on Friday, we will play the winner of the Patrician-Lee Scott game at 2:30 to start our JV tournament.”