By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood’s Lady Gators came up a little short and came out with their second runner-up trophy in as many weeks as they lost to host Macon East in the Lady Knights Invitational softball tournament held in Cecil, Ala. March 16-17. For the week, Glenwood went 4-2 and now have a record of 24-8-1 for the 2018 season.
Coach Dusty Perdue was specific as to how the Lady Gators wound up as the second place team.
“We made two big errors in the 7th inning and allowed them (Macon-East) to win the game, 7-3. It was tied going into that last inning and our pitching was set up if we could have won it.” Perdue said of the finals on March 17. “Ashley (Gallant) would have pitched if we had won that first game. Kayson (Boatner) pitched a great game to get us in the championship but I just pitched staff after that because we would have to win twice to win (it) and I did not want to wear our pitching out. We have played in three tournaments in three weekends and won one and finished second in the other two. Now it’s on to Florida.”
Prior to the tournament, Glenwood traveled to Lanett and defeated Springwood in a region contest, 12-0 on March 13. Gallant ran her record to 13-1 as she shut out the Lady Wildcats on two singles and struck out a season high 16 batters in the seven-inning contest.
Boatner had a home run and she and Neely Austin had three RBI while Gallant and Austin also had three hits in the game. On the first day of the Macon East tournament on March 16, Glenwood won a pair of games to stay in the winner’s bracket. The first win was 8-1 against Wilcox Academy. Gallant was the winning pitcher while Boatner and Hope Gullatt hit home runs to pace the Lady Gators. Boatner had three RBI while Gullatt was four for four with 2 doubles to go along with her home run.
Gallant also pitched the second game and the Lady Gators defeated Autauga Academy, 8-3. Designated hitter Wellsley Henderson knocked in three runs and Gallant helped her own cause by getting two RBI as well. The next day on March 17, the first game in the winner’s bracket was the 7-3 loss to the Lady Knights that dropped Glenwood to the loser’s bracket. Gallant took her second loss of the year and Boatner had a home run, her third of the week in a losing cause.
Boatner kept the Lady Gators chances alive with her outstanding 6-0 shutout of the Lady Generals for their second win against Autauga in the tournament in the loser’s bracket finals. Boatner hit yet another home run and had 2 RBI while Gallant was three for three with an RBI as well.
The Lady Knights run-ruled the Lady Gators, 14-2 in the first game of the championship series. The Lady Gators used four pitchers and made three errors, walked six and had a wild pitch as Macon East scored four of their 14 runs without getting an RBI.
The Lady Gators will be on the road in Florida during the school’s spring break, playing two games March 19, two March 20 and a single game on March 21 before returning to action against Lee Scott at home March 27 in another region twin bill.