By Ronald Frazier
Weather was a big factor for the Gators baseball team as well as having their three-game winning streak to start the season broken by Calvary Christian of Columbus.
Glenwood’s game with Callaway High School in LaGrange was postponed until April 17th. The game was originally to be played Feb. 28th. In addition the twin bill to be played with Jordan High of Columbus on their new field on March 2nd was cancelled and no future makeup date had been reported.
The Gators hosted Calvary Christian, the reigning 2018 state champions in the GICAA who are now 10-1. The Knights placed Nick Morgan on the mound and he threw a complete game four-hit shutout. That gave the Knights a 2-0 victory at Bill Bowers Park on March 1st.
“Their guy on the mound did a good job,” said a disappointed Tim Fanning after the contest. “We made some mistakes in the third and they score a run without the ball leaving the infield and that’s the game. “
“Our guys (Luke Davis and Jake Melton) did what they needed to do as far as pitching was concerned. We just didn’t get a hit when we needed to.”
“We didn’t get the key hit and when we did hit the ball hard, it seemed it was right at their fielders. The only error they made was their pitcher and we didn’t make them pay for it.” He added.
The Knights scored what would be the winning run in the third when Morgan’s battery mate, Bradley Jackson singled. Courtesy runner Bradley Lewis came in and eventually scored with two out on a passed ball to make it 1-0.
Jackson was at it again in the sixth when he reached on Melton’s error on a 40-foot dribbler toward third and again Lewis came in and scored the second run, first advancing on another error and scoring on Zachary Garcia’s bunt single.
Glenwood’s best scoring chance came in the 4th when Anthony Torrez reached on an error and Bryce Valero singled with one out, sending Torrez to third. Darryl Monn came in to run and stole second but the next two Gator batters struck out ending the threat. No other Glenwood runner reached second after that.
Despite the missed games, the Gators have a heavy schedule, traveling to Cusseta to play Chattahoochee on March 4th before playing a key area game March 5th against Lee Scott.
The Gators will then begin their annual “Border Wars” tournament and will start the tournament off by meeting Baconton High school on the 7th at 4:00. On then 8th, the Gators are set for two games, the first at 2:00 versus Bethlehem and then Heritage School of Newnan at 7:00. Saturday’s schedule will then be determined by play on the 7th and 8th.