By Ronald Frazier
It is no secret that Glenwood’s baseball team strength is the outstanding pitching that has led the Gators to a 23-5 record so far this season. That was no truer than the week of April 2-6 when the Gators gave up a total of two runs in three games while scoring three wins.
The first contest was on April 3 versus Lakeside in Eufaula. The Gators’ Luke Davis pitched five and one-third innings and allowed a single run on four singles while striking out seven. Bryce Valero then came in and struck out four of five batters he faced to end the game.
Valero and Anthony Tillery were also big at the plate. Valero was two for three with two doubles and an RBI while Tillery was two for four with two RBI with one of his hits a triple. In fact, Glenwood had eight hits in the game, but four of those were for extra bases.
Glenwood returned home on April 6 and hosted Bessemer Academy for two games at Bill Bowers Park.
In the first game, Tillery went five innings and struck out ten batters while allowing the Rebels one hit and no walks on an 8-0 win. Nick Adams came in and finished the game with two scoreless and hitless innings to preserve the shutout.
Brooks Barton had two hits for Glenwood in the win and both Adams and Jalen Williams had two RBI in the game for the Gators.
In the second game, Slade James again dominated Bessemer in a 6-1 win.
James had a complete game win and struck out six batters while giving up one unearned run. That gave the Glenwood pitching staff only one earned allowed run all week.
Liam Carbone and James also both had two hits in the second game and three different players had RBI in the contest.
Going into the final month of the season, Glenwood will play five games on the varsity schedule. Glenwood hosted Evangel on April 9 and then played area opponent Springwood at Bill Bowers Park on April 10.
After an off day, the Gators will travel to Dothan to meet Northside Methodist today.