Edgewood, Glenwood go toe-to-toe at Alabama StatePublished 11:53am Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Edgewood and Glenwood have turned their annual meetings into showcase games for the Alabama Independent School Association. Monday was no different as the No. 2 Wildcats defeated No. 6 Glenwood, 6-2, at Watkins Wheeler Baseball Complex on the Alabama State University campus.
“This place is gorgeous and thankful for the opportunity to play out here,” said Gators coach Tim Fannin. “We try to play four or five games on college campuses, just to give the kids that exposure and something to aspire, too.”
After six inning of work, though, Glenwood’s batters were just aspiring to hit the ball as Samford signee Gage Pregno dealt 11 strikeouts and improved to 7-2 on the year.
“He did a great job battling on the hill,” said Wildcats coach Bobby Carr. “The thing we’ve really worked on with Gage is getting on the hill and pounding that strike zone. You saw how fast he worked (Monday) and I think that really helps our defense, too. He’s a heck of a player.”
The Gators slowed Pregno’s rhythm after rallying with two outs to plate a pair of runs and take a short-lived 2-1 lead.
“I thought we were a little sluggish, but I kind of expected that,” said Carr. “We kind of gave them a few days off for spring break. I told somebody down at the beach that I really hated to take any days off because we were playing great.”
Edgewood responded in the bottom of the third.
John Mark Cosby and Taylor Hawthorne were issued free passes and then scored on a Dylan Ingram single and a Bailey Hansen sacrifice.
The Wildcats added a trio of runs in the bottom of the fourth.
“I thought we did a good job of competing, but their lefty is really good,” said Fannin. “But we walked too many guys and made too many mistakes. A team as good as Edgewood, you can’t keep giving them opportunities. When you make four errors and walk guys, they are going to get big hits and that really hurt us.”
Cosby reached on an error which allowed Hunter Glenn to score. Hawthorne laced a seeing-eye single between Glenwood’s first and second basemen to score Rod Boykin from second, and then Ingram drilled an offering down the third-base line scoring Cosby to give Edgewood the 6-2 lead.
The Wildcats had opportunities to really blow the game open, but left runners stranded in the fifth and sixth innings en route to the victory.
The Wildcats travel to Cornerstone Thursday for a region game with the Chargers and then host Autuaga Academy at Skinner Field on Friday.
After a weekend break, Edgewood travels to Tuscaloosa for a doubleheader with Tuscaloosa Academy.