Ram softball dominates field at Atlantic tourney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood softball team improved to 10-0 on the season with a sweep of the competition at the Atlantic Tournament on Saturday.

    The Class 4A No. 9 ranked Rams (10-0 overall, 2-0 in the conference)  scored a combined 38 runs in a 15-4 win over Tri-Center, a 16-1 win over previously unbeaten Walnut and a 7-0 shutout of Class 4A No. 8 Creston in the tournament capper.
    “There’s just no other way to put it: we had a great weekend,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “These were three teams that have won a lot of games and we were just smacking the ball. We hit like crazy and scored a lot of runs.”
    The Rams win over Tri-Center, who Glenwood beat 9-1 on May 22, was keyed by a five run second inning. Grace Newman drove in five runs in the win.
    Starting pitcher Molly Bryan struck out nine in the win over Tri-Center and struck out four in facing one over the minimum in the win over Walnut.
    “We were pretty concerned coming into the game against Walnut, they were 10-0 coming in and ranked pretty high in Class 1A so we didn’t know what to expect,” Stanton said. “But we just blasted them.”
    Glenwood plated 13 runs in the first inning of the “mercy rule” shortened, three inning victory.
    “It felt like that first inning was never going to end,” Stanton said. “We really hit the ball. We finished with 13 hits and we drew six walks. I’m almost as proud of our walks as I am our hits.”
    Stanton had decided before the tournament, if his team were to meet up with the No. 8 ranked Panthers in the tournament title game, he was not going to pitch Bryan. Creston head coach Mike McCabe appeared to feel the same way as he sat starting pitcher Madison Frain in favor of freshman Haylee LeMasters while Stanton held out Bryan in lieu of sophomore Lisa Nebel.
    And Nebel won the battle.
    “They have a good second pitcher. We have a tremendous second pitcher,” Stanton said. “She’s like another No. 1 pitcher. The key was we put out top offense against their top offense and we scored seven runs and they didn’t score a run.”
    Nebel (4-0) struck out 10 and scattered three hits. She also did not record a walk in her first career shutout.
    “I don’t think anybody thought anyone would shut Creston out let alone a sophomore who just pitched a junior varsity game an hour earlier,” Stanton said.

Rams sweep Atlantic
    The Glenwood girls got a pair of Hawkeye 10 Conference victories over Atlantic last Tuesday.
    The Rams won the opener 7-3 and followed that up with a 6-4 win in the nightcap.
    “We need to get through the order one time but once we do, we really start hiting,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton.
    In game one, Glenwood jumped out to a 7-0 lead through the sixth inning with pitcher Molly Bryan well in control. Bryan scattered 12 hits and struck eight in the win.
    “We had a lot of production from the top of our order and we got two runs early. When we score early like that and with Molly pitching like that, we’re going to be pretty tough to beat,” Stanton said. “When we hit together like we are, we’re probably going to come out on top.”
    Bryan was even more dominant in game two, despite the Trojans jumping out to a 3-0 lead after an inning. Bryan went on to fan 11 and scattering nine hits in the 6-4 victory.
    “I think she threw better as the night went on,” said Stanton. “She was throwing a lot of her pitches at the same speed early and then she started to work in her change up and that worked really well for her.”
    Bryan fanned the final three batters of the game.
    Emily Blum was 4-for-6 in the two games with a home run and two RBIs.
    Bailey Starner had four hits and Jaelin Stanton drove in three runs.
    Bryan recorded four hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs in the two wins.

Glenwood 22,
C.B. St. Albert 0
    Molly Bryan smacked two home run, drove in seven runs and tossed a one-hitter for Glenwood in a 22-0 victory over Council Bluffs St. Albert last Wednesday.
    Glenwood (6-0) plated four runs in each of the first two innings before plating 14 runs in the third.
    “We were patient, we didn’t just swing at anything and we didn’t try to draw walks. We got good pitches and we hit really well,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton.
    Emily Blum hit her first career home run for Glenwood and drove in two runs.