Baseball: Gators begin title quest
By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood’s Daniel Holley was a part of not one, but two no-hitters as the Gators won three out of four to finish the regular season with an outstanding 34-6 record.
Holley’s complete game no-hitter was against Knoxville Christian, who came in to battle the Gators April 22 when Macon East was unable to play. Holley pitched seven innings, struck out 12 and led the Gators to an 8-0 win at Bill Bowers Park.
“Knoxville Christian has a great program and has sent players to Vanderbilt and other big name baseball schools and have a tradition of winning, so that outing was impressive,” said Glenwood baseball coach Tim Fanning.
Now the Gators begin their quest to repeat as class AAA AISA baseball champions as they will host Northside Methodist in the quarterfinals for two games today and a third game, if necessary, April 28. Northside was the last team to defeat Glenwood, splitting a regular season doubleheader two weeks prior. Giving Holley run support in the first game against Knoxville was Brandon Moseley, who had three hits in four trips and who also had three RBI. Jarrett Carter also chipped in with two hits and an RBI as Glenwood had 10 hits in the contest.
Holley’s other effort came at the hands of Abbeville Christian on April 18. Holley started the game and had Carter, Nick Adams and Slade James all pitch and did not allow the Generals a hit in the contest for a combined no-hitter. James got the final out on a groundout to clinch the win and also get a save in the 4-0 victory. Adams was also strong at the plate as he went three for three and knocked in two of the Gators four runs. Holley and Blake Rawls had the other RBI in the game and Carter also had two hits both doubles.
It was a twin bill with Knoxville Christian and in the second game, Slade James pitched four innings of relief as the Gators came from behind to win 6-5. James came in for Amaury Telemaco, who gave up four runs and allowed one unearned run over four innings with the last three innings scoreless to get the win.
Carter hit a home run for the Gators while Chase Dennis was three for four and Moseley and Holley also had two hits as Glenwood pounded out 14 hits in the see-saw game. In the second game with Abbeville Christian, the Gators were not as lucky; the Generals jumped on starter Thomas Suarez for three runs in the first two innings and the Gators just could not make up the deficit. Tyler Keefe had his best game of the year at the plate as he was two for three with a double and a home run.
“The game was senior day and there were some players I wanted to get in and start,” said Fanning. “They played hard but we just couldn’t make up that early deficit.”
“I think as a team, we are playing well and hitting well and I know they are ready to start the playoffs,” Fanning reported “and I think Holley is in great form as well.”