MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Three-time defending champion Glenwood is on the march again in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AAA state softball tournament.
Two wins Friday in Montgomery over Prattville Christian Academy and Kingwood have the Lady Gators in the today's winners bracket looking for that four-peat.
"We're right where we want to be with six freshmen in the lineup," Glenwood coach Dusty Perdue said, "playing the opponent we expected."
Macon-East -- that expected opponent -- powered into the winners bracket with two dominating wins of its own Friday.
Perdue said the two teams have played 10 times this season, and Glenwood has won two of them. Macon-East coach Glynn Lott said the two teams played eight times, with Glenwood winning two. Regardless, the two agree Macon-East won the majority.
"They know our girls, and we know their girls," Perdue said. "Whoever gets the breaks will win."
Glenwood's path to state title No. 4 started with a 5-3 win over Prattville Christian Academy.
"PCA beat us pretty handily at our place two weeks ago," Perdue said. "I'm proud of how we took advantage of their miscues."
Sophomore Macey Tucker led the Gators on the mound, pitching a five-hit, four-strikeout complete game.
First baseman Allie Kelly finished that first game 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Sophomore catcher Cailah Niles also was 2-for-3.
Tucker (30-10) followed her first complete-game win with a second one, pitching seven innings of six-hit, one-run ball in Glenwood's 8-1 win over Kingwood.
Niles was the hero at the plate in the second game. She finished 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs. The home run was her 17th of the season.
Now the young battery moves on to play the top-ranked team in the AISA.
"Macon-East is a young team just like us," Niles said. "If we can beat them in that first game, we're good to go."
Macon-East defeated Tuscaloosa County and Wilcox to advance to face Glenwood. The Wilcox win was Macon-East's 50th of the season.
"We know each other well," Glenwood third baseman Elizabeth Perdue said. "It's going to be a battle."
Glenwood and Macon-East play today at 10 a.m. at Montgomery's Lagoon Park.