SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - The Glenwood Gators claimed their 6th state championship in 10 years Wednesday, and only needed two games to do it.
"There's not a feeling in the world that's like it," senior Tyler Cadenhead said. "It's just like winning two years ago. Honestly I'm really emotional right now. I'm holding myself back from crying because it's my last high school game ever, and that's a great way to go out."
Facing Autauga Academy, the Gators put up 18 runs between the two games in the best-of-three series, and faced little trouble the entire way.
Game one almost ended in a 10-run mercy rule, as Glenwood jumped out to an early lead and never let it go. Behind the strength of their powerful offense, they put up nine runs in the first three innings to take a 9-0 lead.
They knocked on the door of double-digit runs, but nine still proved to be enough.
Senior Carson Hicks had a solid outing, going seven innings, only giving up three runs and striking out nine. Nick Adams and Tyler Smith led the way on offense with two RBI's each.
Glenwood came away with a 9-3 win to take game one, and were just seven innings away from another championship.
Game two started slow for the Gators. Autauga's Tyler Dutton threw a no-hitter through the first three innings. He got some help from his offense as the Generals scored a run in the 3rd and 4th innings to take a 2-0 lead.
After that, things opened up for Glenwood in the 5th. With a runner on third, a wild pitch allowed the first run to score to put them on the board.
Later in the frame, a two-run double from Tyler Cadenhead gave them the 3-2 lead. They put up four runs in the top of the inning. Then in the 6th, they hung a five-spot on the Generals thanks to more great hitting.
Daniel Holley closed the game out, and the Gators claimed their 21st championship in school history.
"I know that sometimes it was a grind, but it's just really fitting that it ended this way on this field for them, because they deserve it," head coach Tim Fanning said.