The Glenwood baseball team stayed alive in the Hawkeye 10 Conference baseball title race with a split with Kuemper Catholic on Saturday in Carroll.
The Rams (22-6 overall, 15-2 in the conference) dropped a 5-1 decision in game one and bounced back in the nightcap with a 15-4 victory.
In game one, with a conference title potentially on the line for the Knights (22-6 overall, 16-2 in the conference) as well, Glenwood coach Bret Elam suspected his team would face the Knights’ ace in Chris Halbur (5-0).
Halbur, a hard-throwing righty who has signed to play for Iowa Western next season, was in control from the opening pitch, striking out 12, walking none and allowing just three hits in the 5-1 win.
“We knew what we were up against and this was for a conference championship so we knew we’d face Halbur that first game,” Elam said. “He was definitely throwing 87 to 90 (miles per hour) and that’s the hardest we’ve seen all year, but I thought we did put the ball in play and hit the ball hard, we just hit them right at people.”
After a scoreless three innings, the Rams got on the board first when Tyler Jensen reached on a wild pitch and his pitch runner, Nolan Robinson, stole second and reached home on Brady Douma’s RBI single.
The Knights didn’t take long to respond. Jensen, the Rams’ starter, gave up three runs in the bottom of the frame and one each in the fifth and the sixth.
“Tyler threw one heck of a game,” Elam said. “He just got a couple of balls up in the zone and those couple of mistakes seemed to come when they had guys in scoring position and they capitalized on them. He threw good enough just about any other team including Kuemper if Halbur wasn’t pitching.”
In the capper, Glenwood wasted little time getting to Knights’ starter Zach Klocke. Brady Douma smacked a first inning home run and Glenwood scored two runs in each in the first three innings to take a 6-0 lead.
The lead was all Ram starter Justin Fisher needed. The junior righty struck gave up eight hits, walked three and struck out just two but he was never out of control, Elam said.
“With the wind blowing out to left field, I told him to stay down in the zone and he threw a great game,” Elam said. “He was a little too excited to start but he was ready to go and got it done. There’s no better feeling than knowing your team went out and got you a lead. He was very consistent with his curve ball.”
The change from Halbur’s hard-throwing style to the slower, methodical work of Klocke benefited Glenwood. The Rams finished with 16 hits, including eight for extra bases. In all, eight Rams recorded at least one hit and six had at least two. Wyatt Schulz belted his first home run of his career and was 2-for-3. Sam Jameson had three hits and three RBIs and Corey Bertini had three hits and walked twice.
“You couldn’t have had a bigger change in two pitched but we did a really good job of hitting him,” Elam said. “We crushed the ball.”
Corey Bertini’s high bouncer to first base with one out scored Sam Jameson from third base as Glenwood pulled out a 4-3 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Atlantic on Friday.
The Rams trailed 2-0 early before Brady Wheeler’s two-run double knotted the score. Atlantic came back to take the lead in the top of the fourth before Brady Douma worked his way around to third and then promptly stole home to tie the game at 3-3.
No one was more surprised by getting the steal sign than Douma himself, Elam said.
“It caught everybody by surprise, including Brady,” Elam said. :There was two outs and their pitcher was real slow to the plate and he looked down. I gave the take sign and told Brady to take off once he starts his windup and he said ‘What?’ But it worked out. It was a big play for us.”
Cob Baker pitched out of jams in both the fifth, sixth and seventh to set up the Rams’ chances. Baker earned the win throwing a complete-game, striking out seven and scattering seven hits.
C.B. St. Albert 9,
Council Bluffs St. Albert plated six runs in the fifth inning to pull away from Glenwood in a 9-4 victory on Friday.
The Rams led 4-1 heading into the fifth when Glenwood coach Bret Elam pulled started Justin Fisher to rest his arm. Dru Little came on and the Falcons wasted little time getting the sophomore. St. Albert recorded four hits and plated six runs off Little in a 1 2/3 innings of work.
Tyler Jensen and Brady Douma each had two hits for Glenwood.