Gators’ Fanning looking for hits

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By Ronald Frazier

Despite Glenwood’s glowing 20-5 baseball record for the year, Gators Coach Tim Fanning knows it could be a whole lot better.

“We are just offensively challenged. It takes us three hits to score a run and we can’t bunt and manufacture runs,” Fanning said. “There are some games, you just have to find a way to score and we don’t seem to be able to do that.”

For the week of March 26-30, the Gators were 2-1 and Fanning’s words were no truer than the disappointing loss to Lee Scott March 27 by a score of 1-0.

That is the fifth loss by Glenwood for 2018 and every one of those losses are by a single run. There were three losses by a 2-1 score and another, 7-6 when the Gators had a rare poor defensive game.

“Pitching has not been the problem. We have had great pitching all year and overall we have played very good defense. Our guys need to be able to score runs,” Fanning said.

Glenwood opened the week with an 8-0 shutout of Edgewood Academy on the Wildcats home field on March 26.

Slade James turned in another stellar performance when he pitched six innings, allowing two singles and a walk while striking out nine. Bryce Valero came from behind the plate and pitched an inning of scoreless ball, also giving up a single.

This game was important because it broke the Gators mini-losing streak of three straight losses, again by one run.

Then the Gators faced Lee Scott on March 27 and the Warriors’ Landon Nutter had a perfect game through five innings before Nick Adams singled with two outs in the sixth. Glenwood had two runners on in the sixth and two in the seventh as they got two more hits in the final frame but never scored.

Glenwood’s Andrew Tillery was tagged with the loss despite pitching into the seventh and only giving up six singles. The lone run for Lee Scott came in the first when Andrew Lyle singled with two out and scored Cole Howard from second.

The play was costly as it not only gave up the only run of the game but also cost Glenwood their left fielder, Chase Baker. Baker and shortstop Liam Carbone both tried to make a diving catch and in the collision, Baker suffered a cut on his arm and had to leave the game.

Glenwood was already without second baseman Anthony Torrez as it turned out the hand injury suffered in the Florida trip was a broken thumb.

“Anthony will be out for a while,” said Fanning.

Bryce Newman has been playing and second while Kody Krebs came in for Baker and made his first varsity start against Lee Scott.

Glenwood had an off day after that loss and traveled to play Quitman County and run-ruled their hosts, 22-1 in a three-inning mercy rule win on March 29.

Jack Wesley Lahr made his first varsity starter and threw three innings and struck out seven while allowing only one run.

Tyler Horne was three for three with five RBI at the plate and Jacob Harper (3 RBI), Newman (4 RBI) and Krebs (3 RBI) all hit triples as well.

For the first week of April, the Gators hosted Lakeside on April 3 and then battle Bessemer Academy at Bill Bowers Park tomorrow night for a double header before playing Mount Vernon there on April 7.