By Ronald Frazier
It was not the trip Glenwood hoped for as the Gators found themselves on the short end of two games by the same score on their annual spring break to Florida for the three games scheduled in Jacksonville.
On March 19, the Gators, lost to Pasco High School, 2-1 in eight innings and then dropped a second 2-1 game to Mandarin High School as well. The game on the 20th with Providence was rained out and will not be made up.
That gave Glenwood a mini three-game losing streak with all the games lost by a single run and Glenwood dropped to 18-4 on the year.
“We didn’t hit the ball. We got two well-pitched games by Slade (James) and Nick (Adams) and gave up unearned runs in each game and lost,” said Glenwood coach Tim Fanning. “We gave up five hits in each game.”
Pasco handed Adams his second loss of the year as they got a home run from Zach Murphy but picked up only four more hits in the game. Adams threw seven innings and was effective but his teammates could not push across another run.
Trevor Crisco was the only player in the game with two hits for either side and Bryce Valero had the single RBI for Glenwood.
Mandarin High school, who plays in Florida’s highest level, also won 2-1 as Slade James pitched into the 8th innings before suffering the loss.
James struck out seven and also gave up only five hits and one earned run but Mandarin pushed across one more run for the victory.
“You have to score runs to win and we didn’t,” reported Fanning of his team. “I think we are ready for a little break and we won’t play again until next week.”
Fanning also reported that his second baseman, Anthony Torrez, suffered a hand injury on Monday and is being evaluated.
“He is being looked at by the orthopedist. We just hope he didn’t break his thumb.” Fanning reported of his second baseman.
The Gators traveled to Edgewood on March 26 and then return home on March 27 for a key area match-up with Lee Scott. Those are the only games scheduled for this week as Glenwood begins their final four weeks of regular season play.