The Glenwood Gators baseball team started this season with higher expectations than they had last year, that’s what happens when you win a state championship. The Gators have surpassed all expectations and are definitely a favorite to win back-to-back state championships. That’s why they’re this week’s Headquarter Nissan Athletes of the Week.
There are a few different ways to say the Glenwood Gators are good at baseball.
“I think we were 26-9 last year at this point,” said senior pitcher Lawson Humphries. “We are like 31-3 right now. We are tearing it up.”
“I know this sounds kooky, but we are not swinging at balls,” said head coach Tim Fanning. “We are getting ahead in counts and we are not missing.”
And it helps when the opponents are. On senior day earlier this week, the two Glenwood seniors shined. Lawson Humphries threw a no hitter to his battery mate Coleman Duke.
“We are playing the best baseball we have played all year right now, and probably the best baseball I’ve played here at Glenwood. We are killing the ball. We are playing really well,” Humphries said.
“To see them mature as young men even more so than baseball players. It just happens to be that I have the privilege to coach them in baseball. As I shared with their parents, I’ve benefited way more than they have from that experience,” Fanning said.
As the playoffs loom, the Gators feel the target on their backs, especially Humphries, last year’s AISA playoffs MVP.
“I’ve always thrived under the pressure and enjoyed people hating me. The other teams know what to expect when they come in here and that’s that we are going to win,” said Humphries.
At the end of an interview, I always ask if there is something I missed.
“Lawson is really good. He is the best player in the state,” said Coach Fanning.
And the Gators are one of the best teams in the state, which is why they are our Headquarter Nissan Athletes of the Week.
Glenwood is a 1 seed and has a first round bye in the AISA three-A playoffs. They will play the winner of Hooper and Fort Dale.