Glenwood splits first two games of championship series with Pike

(Source: Paul Stockman/WTVM)
(Source: Paul Stockman/WTVM)

(WTVM) - Wednesday's two games weren't enough to decide a champion in the AISA AAA baseball title series.

Glenwood and Pike Liberal Arts split the first two of the best-of-three series, meaning Thursday's game three will decide if the Gators take home their 22nd championship.

Glenwood d ropped game one of the series 6-3, thanks in large part to Pike's five-run sixth inning. Glenwood fell behind 1-0 after a run from the Patriots in the bottom of the third. They came back and tied it in the fifth, and took the lead in the top of the sixth with a run after a wild pitch.

Their 2-1 lead was short-lived, as the Patriots put a five-spot on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cole McWhorter knocked in the tying run, and Jade Sikes followed it up with two more runs later in the inning. Glenwood got a run in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't enough, and the Gators faced elimination from that point on.

Game two was much like the first, a pitcher's duel in the first three innings. Daniel Holley and Reed Jinright battled back and forth, giving up only eight hits and four walks between them. Pike scored the first run when Sikes hit one to second base that took a funny hop on Chase Dennis and allowed a run for the Patriots to cross the plate.

Glenwood got a gift in the bottom of the fifth inning when a wild pitch scored Dalton Corcoran. Later in the inning, Nick Adams hit a ball that took a funny hop on first baseman Tyler Hussey and allowed Brandon Moseley to score, giving the Gators a 2-1 lead at the end of the inning.

Holley was put in a jam in the final inning, as two runners were on second and third. He pitched his way through it, striking out the final batter of the game to give Glenwood the win and tie the series at one game each.

Thursday's decisive game three will also be at Paterson Field. First pitch scheduled for noon eastern, 11 central.

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