By Ronald Frazier
After an emotional 5-1 victory over Valdosta High school in Valdosta, Ga., Glenwood saw its 14-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Deerfield-Windsor in the second game on March 17 by one run, 7-6.
“We had an emotional win over Valdosta, the only team that had beaten us all year and then played Deerfield and to be honest, we weren’t ready and didn’t show up until the 5th,” Glenwood coach Tim Fanning said of the two games.
“They had us 5-0 and we did not have a hit in the game until the 5th inning when we finally woke up. We tied the game 5-5 but they scored in the bottom of the 6th to make it 7-5.” Fanning said of the loss.
“We get one run in the 7th and had the 7th run at second but could not get it in,” Fanning said.
Slade James was two for three with 2 RBI and a double and while Brooks Barton and Liam Carbone both had extra base hits and RBI’s to add to the scoring column. Suffering the loss was Luke Davis for Glenwood, his first of the year as the Gators are now 18-2 on the 2018 season.
“Deerfield has a great program and this is what we needed to do, see a strong team and get better. Now we go to our spring break trip to Florida and play on the 19th, 20th and 21st,” Fanning said.
The Gators got their 18th win of the year against Valdosta as the Wildcats were beaten 5-1. Glenwood lost a 2-1 contest to Valdosta in February in a game played at Bill Bowers Park. Andrew Tillery was dominant against the Wildcats as he pitched seven innings allowing only four hits and one run while getting seven strikeouts.
It was a team victory against Valdosta as the Gators had six hits by six different players and four different players had RBI in the contest.
The Gators have now lost two games and none of those to teams in were from Alabama. The Gators opened the week with a region contest in Lanett on the 13th against Springwood. Glenwood had a slow start in that game but broke it open in the 6th and 7th innings scoring seven runs to make a close 3-0 game a 10-0 laugher. Slade James kept the Wildcats in check as he pitched a complete-game seven inning shutout, allowing only two singles and striking out 12 without walking a batter.
The Gators had 11 hits in the game led by Tillery as he went three for three with two doubles and two RBI. Barton and James also had two hits for Glenwood.