Glenwood softball off to 4-0 start

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood girls smacked 14 hits and starting pitcher Lisa Nebel did not allow an earned run in an 8-2 non-conference softball victory over Griswold on Friday.

    The Rams (4-0) had five batters record at least two hits in the win. Emily Blum was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Jaelin Stanton also had three hits, including a pair of doubles. McKenna Henze, Brittany Rodgers and Cassie Ruhr all had two hits apiece.
    Even with their strong hitting, the Rams still found themselves down 2-1 after four innings having stranded runners in every inning, said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton.
    After a power outage to the field lights caused a brief delay, the Rams came back with their lights fully on.
    “I think we knew this game could be called at anytime and we’d lose because we played four complete innings,” Stanton said. “I think our flood gates opened then and we really started hitting the ball well.”
    Nebel allowed no earned runs and fanned eight to improve to 4-0 on the season in the circle with the win. Nebel has 41 total strikeouts on the season to just 12 walks.
    “She’s been throwing great,” Stanton said. “I just don’t have any complaints. She hasn’t been wild. She throws a lot of strikes with a lot of different pitches. And she’s very calm out there. She doesn’t get rattled.”

Glenwood 7,
Underwood 2
    The Glenwood softball team avenged a loss to Underwood from last season with a 7-2 win over the Eagles last Wednesday.
    “They beat us last time and they didn’t graduate any seniors so we just played really well,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “We hit the ball really well. The tough thing with us is we have kids get on base that came up as base runners for us and they really run well. They end up on second, they can score on anything. It’s comforting for me to look out there and see girls that are experienced runners and are good at it.”
    Cassie Ruhr led Glenwood with a pair of hits, stole two bases and scored twice.
    Sophie Ringsdorf, Jaelin Stanton, Bailey Starner and Breanna VanNess each had a hit. Ringsdorf also had an RBI.
    Lisa Nebel recorded the win after fanning eight and allowing five hits.

Glenwood 9,
Tri-Center 1
    Lisa Nebel struck out a career-high 14 for the Glenwood softball team in a 9-1 win over Tri-Center last Tuesday.
    Nebel (2-0) scattered four hits in the win.
    Emily Blum, Hanna Ringsdorf and McKenna Henze each had two hits for Glenwood. Henze tripled twice and drove in two runs.
    Sydney Embray plated two runs on a second-inning pinch hit.
    Despite their apparent success at the plate (eight hits), said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton didn’t feel like he had the best lineup to match up with Tri-Center.
    “I don’t think the combination we had in the order that night was the best. We couldn’t seem to get that two out hit we needed like were getting the night before. The kids hit strong. It was the order that wasn’t the best for the situation,”  Stanton said. “But we got a lot of production out of the top of the order so that cleaned up a lot of things for us.”

Glenwood 13,
A-H-S-T 9
    Glenwood plated 13 runs and smacked seven hits in season-opening win over A-H-S-T last Monday.
    “I thought we hit it well up and down the line up for our opening game,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “I was really happy with how McKenna Henze led off for us. She had a big game.”
    Henze, a junior shortstop, was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.
    Jaelin Stanton smacked a 2-run home run among her two hits on the night.
    “That (home run) gave us a big boost in the fourth inning. The game was pretty close at the time and we needed that boost,” said Coach Stanton.
    Lisa Nebel started in the circle and the sophomore struck out 11 while allowing eight hits and six earned runs.
    Glenwood was up 10-1 in the fifth with two outs before A-H-S-T rallied to score eighth runs over the next two innings.
    “They (A-H-S-T) chipped their way back into this one but it was game that never really felt in doubt,” Stanton said.