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Glenwood baseball wins Clarinda Tourney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood baseball team pounded out a combined 22 hits in a pair of wins at the Clarinda Tournament on Saturday.
    The Rams (6-1 overall, 2-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) defeated the host Cardinals 10-3 in the opener before dispatching Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 6-3 in the capper.
    Against Clarinda, senior Sam Jameson went 3-for-4, including a triple and a double, drove in four runs and stole four bases to key a 10-hit Glenwood attack.
    Mitch Bowden and  Brady Wheeler each added two hits apiece.
    Grant Stivers earned the win on the hill in game one, allowing one earned run while striking out eight in five innings of work.
    “He did exactly what was needed,” said Glenwood coach Bret Elam of Stivers. “We needed him to give us a good quality start because we didn’t know who was going to pitch in relief or even start the second game because we were kind of worn out.”
    Corey Bertini came on to pitch the final two innings but did not factor in the decision.
    In game two, the Lynx plated three runs in the first inning but Ram starting pitcher Tyler Jensen settled to shutout A.L. over the next four innings to earn the win.
    “They had three runs before we even had an out,” Elam said. “I went out, talked to him and then we get a line drive that doubles a runner off at second and we get out of the inning. He needed to locate better and stay on the outer half of the plate and after that first inning he did that and hit spots better. He really helped us.”
    Jensen, a junior lefthander, allowed eight hits and three earned runs in his first varsity win. Alec Forbes came on in the sixth to earn the save.
    Corey Bertini and Brady Douma each had two hits and an RBI in the game two win.
    The Rams recorded 10 hits in game one and 12 in game two.
    “This was two real good games for us offensively and defensively,” Elam said. “We had a couple of miscues on the bases but they didn’t hurt us. These were probably the best two games we’ve put together offensively and defensively. Everybody hit for us up and down the lineup.”

Glenwood 8,
Atlantic 2
    Glenwood scored four runs in the sixth inning to blow open a 4-2 game in a 8-2 Hawkeye 10 Conference win over Atlantic on Thursday.
    Alec Forbes keyed the Glenwood hitter with two hits, including a double, and a RBI.
    Corey Bertini and Mitch Bowden each added a pair of hits.
    “Once we learned to lay off the high fastballs we got some good at-bats and some timely hitting to score some runs,” said Glenwood coach Bret Elam.
    Justin Fisher recorded the win on the mound throwing 4 1/3 innings and scattering six hits and two earned runs.
    “It wasn’t his best outing but he pitched decent and we got him some run support, which helped,” Elam said.

Glenwood 15,
Creston 6
    Glenwood plated 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 16-5 victory over Creston last Tuesday for its first Hawkeye 10 Conference win of the season.
    “You can’t ask for a better start than that. We definitely blindsided them that first inning,” said Glenwood coach Bret Elam. “We got good at-bats and we were patient. We drew five walks that first inning. We kept the ball in play and the score speaks for itself.”
    The Rams pounded out a season-high 14 hits as eight batters recorded at least one hit.
    Alec Forbes was 3-for-5 and drove in five runs.
    Sam Jameson, Corey Bertini and Mitch Bowden all had two hits each. Jameson and Bowden each drove in two runs while Bertini recorded three RBI.
    Bertini recorded the win on the mound, striking out six and scattering 10 hits over five innings.