By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood’s Lady Gators finished up the last full week of the regular season by going an impressive 6-0 record and now getting ready as the No. 1 seed for the AISA class AAA region one tournament to be held in Montgomery at Lagoon Park, April 26-27.
The Lady Gators broke the 40-win barrier with their week of play and now stand at 44-10-1 for the year. In the region tournament, Glenwood received a first-round bye and will play the winner of Bessemer-Lee Scott series. The Rebels and Warriors must play a best two of three series to get the right to meet Glenwood.
The Lady Gators started on April 16 by sweeping two from Edgewood Academy.
In the first game, Ashley Gallant was dominant as she had a complete game two-hit shutout as Glenwood won 7-0. Over the seven innings, Gallant registered seven strikeouts. Gallant also helped her own cause with 2 RBI. Home run power was supplied by Kayson Boatner, who hit a two-run shot and Hope Gullatt who had a solo home run.
In the second game, Boatner went to the mound and was the winning pitcher. She got help from reliever Ariana Pinder, who had two and a third innings of perfect relief in a 7-3 win.
Gallant was perfect at the plate, going three for three with 2 RBI and Lacie Pelt was two for two as the Lady Gators had 11 hits in the game.
The next day, the Lady Gators battled Abbeville Christian and swept two from the Lady Generals, winning 6-1 and 12-5.
In the 12-5 win, Boatner pitched five innings and only gave up two earned runs. She also did a lot of damage at the plate as she went three for four with four RBI and a home run. Pinder, Kamren Pence and Anna Perdue also had two hits for the Lady Gators.
Pinder went to the mound in the 6-1 win and got the victory. Carlena Hampton went deep with a two-run home run for Glenwood and Wellsley Henderson was also one for one with two runs knocked in.
After an off-day on April 18, Glenwood traveled to Eufaula and met Lakeside and scored 26 runs as they took two lop-sided victories against the Lady Chiefs.
The first game lasted only four innings as Glenwood won 15-1 and the second was five innings as Glenwood took an 11-5 victory.
Gallant was credited for the win in the 15-1 swamping and Boatner kept her home run stroke as she hit two homers and collected four more RBI. She got plenty of support from Purdue, who had two hits and four RBI and Hayden Evans was a perfect three for three with three RBI.
In the second game, Boatner hit her third home run of the day and was also the winning pitcher. She had two RBI as did teammate Lela Childs. Four of the five runs Lakeside scored were unearned against hard-luck reliever Henderson but Lakeside never could get back into the game.