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Glenwood wins two at S.D. tourney

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The Glenwood baseball team won a pair of games on Saturday at the CNOS Baseball Classic in Elk Point, S.D.

The Rams (12-2 overall, 7-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) got a complete-game, five-hit shutout from Matt Schulz in a 5-0 win over St. Mary's Remsen in game one. In game two, Josh DeYoung and Drake Ruth combined for a 6-3 victory over MOC-Floyd Valley.

Schulz fanned 10 to improve to 2-0 on the season. The junior lefthander also got some nice clutch hitting from Taylor Kaufman, Drew Howell, Kyle Wheeler and Trent Jameson who all drove in one run.

Against MOC-Floyd Valley, shortstop Grant Loeffelbein finished a home run short of the cycles and drove in two runs in a 3-for-4 night.

Trent Jameson and Kyle Wheeler each added two hits.

Ruth earned the win after throwing five innings, striking out three and allowing one earned run.

Glenwood 10,

C.B. Lewis Central 0

Taylor Kaufman improved to 4-0 on the season and was nearly unhittable allowing just two hits in a 10-0 weather shortened victory over Council Bluffs Lewis Central last Thursday.

Kaufman fanned 10, allowed just two singles and did not walk a batter in winning his fourth straight start. For the season the junior lefthander is 4-0 with a 0.29 earned run average and 49 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.

At the plate, Glenwood had 11 hits with Bryan Harless smacking a pair of home runs and driving in four runs.

Grant Loeffelbein had his second straight three-hit game and drove in a run.

Bishop Heelan 13,

Glenwood 9

The Glenwood baseball team committed a season-high nine errors that led to nine unearned runs in a 13-9 loss to Bishop Heelan last Wednesday.

Glenwood pounded out 15 hits but just two went for extra bases. Grant Loeffelbein was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and his first homerun of the season. Nick Wells added three hits and Kyle Wheeler and Matt Schulz had two hits each.

Bryan Harless took the loss after allowing 12 hits and striking out 10.

Glenwood 9,

Shenandoah 1

Nick Wells pitched six strong innings and Grant Loeffelbein doubled twice for Glenwood in a 9-1 Hawkeye 10 Conference win over Shenandoah last Tuesday.

“He was in the zone,” said Glenwood coach Bret Elam of Wells. “The only reason we pulled him as because he was getting over 100 pitches. He did his job, we wanted to get him out of there.”

Wells, a senior righthander, made just two varsity appearances on the mound last season but a spring of pitching every week in Sioux City this spring has seemed to help, said Elam.

“He was throwing every weekend there for six weeks before we ever practiced so he has the arm strength,” said Elam.

Wells allowed just four hits and one earned run before giving way to Josh DeYoung who pitched a hit-less seventh.

C.B. Abraham Lincoln 14,

Glenwood 8

Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln roughed up the Glenwood pitching staff in a 14-8 non-conference baseball victory last Monday.

Starter Drake Ruth (2-1) allowed five earned runs on 10 hits before giving way to Matt Schulz in the fifth. Schulz allowed six hits and six earned. Ruth was credited with the loss.

“It's always rough when you wait until there's two outs in the third to throw your first off-speed pitch,” said Glenwood coach Bret Elam. “They we're waiting on fastball because they knew that's all that was going to be across the plate for a while.”

Elam said Ruth is still pitching himself into shape after arriving late to baseball following soccer season. The junior was 6-2 a year ago in an all-Hawkeye 10 Conference season.

“The problem with (Ruth) is the Clarinda tournament being canceled and some missing some other games Drake missed some starts. They were going to be limited amount of pitches but he needed to get on the mound to build that arm strength,” Elam said.

The loss was the Rams' first of the season after winning their first eight.

The Lynx plated a run in every inning but Glenwood appeared to have seized the momentum in the fifth when they scored four runs and batted through the lineup. Thomas Jefferson responded with a three run bottom half of the inning to pull away.

“Not being able to hold them to zero in any inning killed us,” said Elam. “We dug ourself a hole early and we clawed back to 8-6 and go back out, when we need a quick inning to get back up and keep the momentum, and we let them steal the momentum right back from us.”

Bryan Harless and Taylor Kaufman had two hits each. Kaufman, Schulz and Trent Jameson each also drove in two runs.

“We swung the bat well enough, a timely hit here or there would have been a beautiful thing but I guess that's just baseball. Not ever bounce goes you're way,” he said.