AISA CHAMPIONSHIP: Glenwood takes Class AAA title
By Tim Gayle
They rarely ever played a third game in a playoff series or needed a third pitcher but Glenwood School had Jarrett Carter available if they ever needed him.
So when the Gators played a third game in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AAA state baseball tournament at Paterson Field, it was Carter who took center stage, earning most valuable player honors by pitching a three-hitter and helping the Gators to a 10-0 win over Pike Liberal Arts on Thursday afternoon.
“A lot of it starts with the momentum that’s on the mound,” Glenwood coach Tim Fanning said. “He showed up. He wanted to be remembered. He’s been good all year, but not a lot of people that we play know about him. We expected that and he delivered.”
The senior right hander walked two and struck out seven in seven innings of work, allowing just an infield single to Hunter Jones in the first and back-to-back singles to Jones and Reed Jinright in the third.
“I’m glad I could help my team out,” Carter said. “I wanted to start the first game, but I’m glad I got to start Game Three and I’m glad we won. I knew I had to throw a lot of strikes, I knew they were going to hit so I had to keep the ball low and keep pounding the zone.”
Pike Liberal Arts (29-9) won the first game in the best-of-three series 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon before Glenwood rallied to win the second game 2-1.
The Gators (40-9) broke open Thursday’s game in the second inning with five runs. Leading 2-0, Carson Allison tripled in a pair of runs and scored on a wild pitch to give the Gators a comfortable lead.
“I think the odds were stacked against us when they went up by five and we were just unable to overcome it,” Pike Liberal Arts coach Allen Ponder said. “But I’m very proud of the way the boys played the series and the way they played the season.”
Joining Carter on the all-tournament team were teammates Josh Brown, Adams and Daniel Holley as well as Jones, Jinright and Reece Burbage of Pike Liberal Arts.