For six innings Wednesday night, Glenwood had handled Edgewood.
Glenwood had roughed up Edgewood starter and Auburn signee Cole Lipscomb and took an 8-3 lead into the top of the seventh inning.
Unfortunately for the Gators, Edgewood got one final at-bat and the Wildcats exploded for six runs to escape with a 9-8 win in a battle of defending Alabama Independent School Association state champions.
"We were one pitch away," Glenwood coach Tim Fanning said. "I'm very proud of how we played. We've been struggling some lately and the No. 1 team in the state comes in here with a great pitcher and we didn't have any pitching, but we still did well. I'm proud of them.
We're taking baby steps in the right direction."
Glenwood (23-9) jumped on Lipscomb early, scoring four runs in the first two innings and holding a 7-0 advantage after four innings. Lipscomb left after four innings having allowed seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
Edgewood started its comeback in the fifth, scoring three runs on Glenwood starter Tanner Thomason. Thomason worked five solid innings before departing, allowing three runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Gators added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Will Zeigler for an 8-3 lead.
However, following a leadoff groundout, Edgewood got an infield single and a hit batsman. Dylan Ingram singled to left field and the ball was misplayed, allowing both runners to score and trim the deficit to 8-5.
Following an intentional walk, A.J. Reynolds singled to load the bases and Lipscomb and Bailey Hanson came up with back-to-back RBI singles to make it 8-7 and keep the bases loaded with one out.
With Cody Spivey at the plate, Edgewood coach Bobby Carr rolled the dice and called for a suicide squeeze and Spivey got the bunt down. On the play, Reynolds scored from third and Lipscomb came around from second to score as well to give the Wildcats a 9-8 lead.
"Edgewood just had some hits fall in the right places today," said Fanning.
Spivey got the win out of the bullpen, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk in three innings of work.
He also went 2-for-3 with two RBI as well. Taylor Hawthorne went 2-for-5, Rod Boykin was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Ingram was 2-for-3 for the Wildcats.
Chase Silvani took the loss for the Gators, giving up six runs on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk in two innings. Silvani also was 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Matthew Kuhlenberg was 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored and Zeigler finished the game 2-for-4.
Wednesday at Glenwood
Edgewood 000 030 6--9 13 1
Glenwood 220 301 0--8 16 1
WP--Cody Spivey. LP--Chase Silvani. Leading hitters--Edgewood, Taylor Hawthorne 2-5, Rod Boykin 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, run, Dylan Ingram 2-3, run, Mitch Greer 1-2, RBI, A.J. Reynolds 1-4, run, Cole Lipscomb 1-4, RBI, run, Cody Spivey 2-3, 2 RBI; Glenwood, Chase Silvani 4-5, RBI, 3 runs, Matthew Kuhlenberg 4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs, Logan Kiker 1-5, RBI, Lance Ford 1-3, RBI, Cody Watson 1-4, RBI, Will Zeigler 2-4, RBI, Adam Wilson 1-2, run, Tanner Knowles 1-3, run.
Records: Edgewood 23-3, Glenwood 23-9; Next: Edgewood at Autauga Academy Monday, Glenwood at Fort Dale (DH) Friday at 1 p.m.