State champs Glenwood wins Athletes of the Week - WRBL

State champs Glenwood wins Athletes of the Week

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Winning isn’t hoped for when it comes to Glenwood baseball, it’s expected.

The Gators lived up to that expectation this year, winning the school’s 20th state baseball title, and for that, they are the latest Headquarter Nissan Athletes of the Week.

“It felt really good winning state,” said senior pitcher Tanner Thomason. “I remember when I was in first and second grade, coming out here and watching the varsity play. I always told myself when I got older, I wanted to win a state championship and be a part of what they were.”

Thomason was the winner in game one of the state championship series, and junior Lawson Humphries took game two on the way to earning tournament MVP honors.

“It was definitely a team effort,” Humphries said. “Everybody played well. Everybody did great. We didn’t have any miscues in the field that really led to anything big.”

The win was the realization of a lifelong dream for most every player.

“It was amazing,” said leftfielder Luke Hammock. “In Little League, we’d win city championships and tournaments. Now, to win a state championship with my brothers, it was an awesome feeling.”

A feeling that almost didn’t materialize.

The Gators were down four runs in the seventh inning of game three of the semifinal series with Monroe. But Chad Silvani hit a game-tying grand slam, and Glenwood would go on to win in extra innings.

“To think back to how close we were to being done in the state semifinal series, to send it to extra innings, it just felt like the kids were going to do whatever it took to accomplish this goal of theirs,” said head coach Tim Fanning.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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