Lady Gators capture productive spirit

By Ronald Frazier

Glenwood’s Lady Gators had a productive week the week of Feb. 27-March 3 going 6-1 for the week and in doing so captured the Edgewood Academy Invitational title.

The week started in good form as the Lady Gators run-ruled Lakeside in a four and a half inning game by a 14-0 score. Glenwood scored in every inning and were led by catcher Hope Gullatt at the plate and Kayson Boatner on the mound.

Gullatt was three for three with a home run and four RBI’s while Boatner limited the Lady Chiefs to three hits in five innings. The Lady Gators then traveled to Autaugaville and split two games with the Lady Generals, winning one game 6-2 behind Ashley Gallant’s complete game and Neely Austin and Wellsley Henderson each knocking in two runs. The Lady Generals captured a 6-3 win to earn the split, handing the loss to Boatner on the mound and despite the Lady Gators getting three runs on four hits.

Following the doubleheader on the road, Glenwood traveled to play in the Edgewood tournament and went 4-0.

“We pitched well with Ashley (Gallant) winning three games and Kayson (Boatner) winning the other,” said Coach Dusty Perdue after the tournament. “A lot of players got into the games and it was a great team win,” he added about his team’s performance for the week.

Three of the four games were shortened in length due to the time limitation but the championship game did not have the limit and was played to the full seven innings. The Lady Gators won a unique 3-1 contest over Autauga Academy as they scored all three of their runs without the benefit of a hit in the first inning.

Carlena Hampton and Gallant were walked with the bases loaded to force in two runs and Sophie Wilkerson was hit by a pitch to force in the third. Pinch-hitter Hayden Evans’ single was the only hit for Glenwood in the game.

Meanwhile, the three runs were all Gallant needed. She pitched a seven inning complete game allowing a single run and four hits with no walks. To get to the title game, the Lady Gators pounded out nine hits in a 7-2 victory over Springwood Academy in four innings as the time limit cut all Glenwood’s other three games in the tournament to less than seven innings.

Boatner pitched three innings of no hit ball and reliever Hampton gave up two runs while giving up the Lady Wildcats only hit in the game in the semifinals. Hampton more than made up for that at the plate as she knocked in two of Glenwood’s runs and Boatner was two for three.

On March 2, Glenwood also beat Autauga and Springwood to stay in the winners’ bracket. Against Autauga, the Lady Gators won 4-1 as Evans, who enjoyed batting against the Lady Generals was two for two with an RBI. Boatner and Gallant had the other hits for Glenwood while Gallant was the pitcher of record, finishing the game and allowing only one run.

Gallant was just as dominant against Springwood Academy on the 2nd as she threw six innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and striking out seven Lady Wildcats. Boatner provided the offensive with a three-run home run while Kamren Bence added an RBI single in the 5th.

The Lady Gators return home this week and will play two games with Calvary Christian at home on the 5th before playing their first area games, a doubleheader against Lee Scott on March 6 at the Lady Warriors field.

Glenwood will then take a break until March 9-10 when they will host their own softball tournament, the Glenwood Invitational. The Lady Gators will open against Autauga at 11 a.m.  and then play Marengo at 2:30 p.m. in bracket play before seeding begins.