Softball: Lady Gators seek title
By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood finished its last full week of regular season play with a 4-1 mark as Ashley Gallant stepped up to the mound and won three games for the Lady Gators, now 37-14, on the 2017 season.
The Lady Gators met Lakeside on April 17 and came away with an 11-1 win to get the week started. Gallant threw three innings and was the winning pitcher as the Lady Chiefs collected only three hits.
Hope Gullatt gave Glenwood all the offense it needed as she went two-for-three with a home run and five RBI for the game. Parker Slappey and Gallant were also two-for-three at the plate as the Lady Gators scored in every inning while pounding out 10 hits.
On April 8, Glenwood hosted Abbeville Christian for two games as won both close contests against the Lady Generals. Earlier in the year, Abbeville had handed Glenwood losses in area tournaments so the wins were important as Glenwood prepares for the region tournament to be held next week.
In the first contest, Glenwood scored with one out in the bottom of the 8th for a 3-2 win. Gallant relieved McKenna Gillespie, who gave up two runs after two innings and got the win with six scoreless innings of relief.
Kirsten Reynolds and Neely Austin both went two-for-two at the plate for Glenwood. Gullatt scored from second in the 8th when Austin hit a sacrifice bunt and reached base to account for the winning run.
In the second game that went five innings, Gallant started and pitched three scoreless innings and 7th grader Ariana Pinter got her first save of the year in a 4-0 victory. Reynolds was again perfect at the plate with a two-for-two day while RBIs were collected by Austin and Gullatt as only two of Glenwood’s four runs were earned.
For the final two games against Edgewood, the Lady Gators split the two games, losing a tough 1-0 game in the first contest and then exploding for 12 runs in the third to win 13-5 in the second.
Gallant pitched the 1-0 game and threw full seven innings and took the loss despite giving up only two hits. The Lady Wildcats scored their sole run on a double steal in the 2nd and that would be the only run of the contest. Glenwood got only three hits in the game and Gillespie did go one-for-one at the plate.
In the second game, Glenwood opened up and nearly batted around twice in the third, scoring 12 runs after falling behind 3-1. Gallant was relieved by Austin, who got the win in relief.
The Gators collected 14 hits in the game with Sophie Wilkerson going two-for-two at the plate and Parker Slappey, Reynolds and Gullatt also collecting two hits.
The final regular season game for Glenwood was Tuesday when the Lady Gators will host Macon East for two games starting at 5 p.m. Then today, Glenwood travels to Montgomery to the Lagoon Park softball complex for the region championship that will determine seeding for the state tournament the next week.