By Ronald Frazier
You could not have wanted a more productive week for Lady Gator softball than the week of April 2-7 when Glenwood played three doubleheaders and won all six games to improve to 35-10-1 on the season and keep on the winning track.
“We hit the ball well yesterday (versus) Bessemer and again today,” said Glenwood coach Dusty Perdue. “All our batters made contact and when you keep putting the ball in play, good things happen.”
“Yesterday we got good pitching and today we rested those (pitchers) and our players responded. Now we will go and play Edgewood Monday, a strong team that we will have to play well against to win.”
The week shows Glenwood on the road with Edgewood April 9 and then returning home to play Springwood on the April 10. Then they travel to Dothan to meet Northside Methodist on the April 12. Starting the April 13, the Lady Gators will participate in the state JV tournament to be hosted by Macon East.
The week started with two games in Columbus versus Calvary Christian, a team that is getting their softball program off the ground. The lady Gators responded by resting several starters and using their JV and bench two sweep the two games, 9-0 and 13-5 to start the week off on April 3rd.
Ariana Pinder, who is an 8th grader, was dominant in the 9-0 win as she allowed only one hit and struck out 13 Lady Knight batters in the five-inning contest. That was to be her first pitching win of the week. Simone Gillespie had two hits with a double in the game and four different players were credited with RBI against the Knights.
Addi Woodham started the second game and had seven K’s in her victory. Woodham left the game leading 13-1 and Calvary did not score again until Glenwood had their third pitcher in the game in the 6th. Macy Green had three RBI and a triple and Pinder and Mae Durham each had two hits to pace Glenwood.
Following those two wins, Glenwood returned home to “The Marsh” and Ashley Gallant and Kayson Boatner dominated the Lady Rebels batting order.
Gallant had a complete game three-hitter in the first contest allowing a single run with five strikeouts in a 5-1 victory. Gallant also had two hits and three RBI and Kamren Bence had the other two runs batted in.
The second game was a 13-1 Glenwood win with Boatner allowing one run and also hitting a homer to pace the victory. Boatner was two for three with three RBI and Carlena Hampton was three for three with a home run as well.
The Lady Gators returned the next day and powered through Cornerstone for two wins, run-ruling the visiting Lady Chargers in contests, 13-3 and 16-1.
Glenwood sent Wellsley Henderson on the mound in the first game and before the first inning was over, the Lady Gators were ahead 4-0 thanks to a three-run homer by Hope Gullatt. The game was suspended for 50 minutes due to rain but resumed.
Henderson worked five innings and gave up two earned runs and struck out three. All of the Chargers hits were in the fourth and fifth inning.
Meanwhile, Glenwood poured it on by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs to enter the 5th with a 13-2 lead. Besides Gullatt’s big hit, Hampton continued her hot hitting with two hits in two trips and collecting three more RBI. Neely Austin also had two doubles and knocked in a run as well.
In the second game, Mae Durham laced a solid single to right with the bases loaded and ended the second game with her walk-off hit with two outs in the third for the 16-1 win.
Durham was two for two with two RBI and Boatner hit another home run to dead center and a double to knock in four more runs. Every starter and sub for Glenwood reached base in the game.
Meanwhile Pinder continued her good pitching by not allowing a hit. Cornerstone scored their lone run on Pinter with two errors and a groundout in the third.