By Ronald Frazier
After Glenwood split their first six games of the year, the Lady Gators began a run of seven wins and a tie and that enabled them to win the Morgan Academy Invitational softball tournament March 1st-2nd and continue with an 11-1 March 4th win at home to improve to 10-3-1 on the season.
The win was the Lady Gators home opener as Ariana Pinder pitched a six inning complete game, giving up a mere four hits and one run while striking out five.
“She is a freshman and was a little nervous, this being our first home game,” said head coach Dusty Perdue. “But she settled down after a rocky start and got into a good rhythm especially when we scored runs for her in the first. We hit the ball well and early, working the count and getting on base.”
The Lady Gators scored three in the first, five in the second, two in the third and ended the game in the bottom of the 5th when Lacie Pelt came in on a wild pitch. The barrage was led by Mae Durham, who was three for three with two RBI and Hope Gullatt was two for two with three runs batted in.
The week started out on the 25th and the Lady Gators split two games with Autauga Academy in Prattville, Al., winning the first game 7-2 before losing the second, 7-4.
In that first game Carle Hampton and Wellsley Henderson both hit home runs and Durham had two hits and two RBI to give Ashley Gallant a complete game victory. But in the second game, the Lady Generals tagged Ariana Pinder with the loss as Arlene Atchley hit a home run in the victory. Pinder did have two hits and she and Anna Perdue did have two RBI each.
The Lady Gators stayed on the road and began their winning streak. Glenwood opened the 28th with a 15-7 blasting of Abbeville Christian on the road. Gallant was again the winning pitcher and was also four for four at the plate with three RBI and a triple.
Hampton also helped out as she was three for five with four runs batted in and a double in her three hits. From Abbeville, Glenwood traveled to Selma and Gullatt used the opponents for batting practice.
On March 1st, Gullatt had home runs in three straight games including a grand slam and a three run homer. She knocked in eight runs on the day. Against host Morgan, Glenwood scored in every inning and won 16-2. That made Pinter the winning pitcher as Morgan only got two runs off reliever Addi Woodham. Henderson was three for three and 3 three RBI in the game as well.
The next contest was against Clark Prep and time expired in the game with the score tied 4-4.
“Clark is a very good team and I would not be surprised to see them in the championship game in class AA. They are that good.” said Perdue.
To get to the championship on the 2nd, Glenwood first defeated Kingwood, 17-1 in three innings. Pinder got the win and Perdue had three RBI and two runs and Hampton had two doubles and two RBI.
That put Glenwood against Clark Prep and Chloe Enfinger was the key player. Tied 0-0 at the end of seven innings, the Lady Gators went to extras. They prevented Clark from scoring in the 8th and Enfinger, who was placed at second, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the frame to give the Gators the win and a berth in the finals with the 1-0 victory.
The finals were another round of batting for the Lady Gators as they walloped Marengo Academy, 14-0. Glenwood pounded out 16 hits and eight players had RBI in the mercy rule win. Hampton was three for three with a home run and Henderson was also three for three with 3 RBI.
“We play in these tournaments to get better. Marengo has a good team but we jumped on them early and had all the momentum,” said Perdue.
Now the Lady Gators go back on the road and play their first area game against Lee Scott on the 5th before coming home to start the Glenwood softball Invitational starting March 8th and going through the 9th with games starting at Idle Hour Park and also games being played at Glenwood’s home field.