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Ram softball drops two at Treynor Classic

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood softball team limped out of the Treynor Classic Tournament with a pair of losses on Saturday.
    The Rams (17-5) fell to the host Cardinals 2-1 in game one and lost 4-3 in extra-innings to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln in the tournament capper.
    Glenwood was up 1-0 in the bottom of the third when ace Molly Bryan developed soreness in her arm. Bryan left the game and was replaced by freshman Lisa Nebel. Glenwood coach Tim Stanton said Nebel pitched very well in her first varsity action but the freshman was in tough spot.
    “She threw fantastic, they just capitalized on a few of our errors and they got the win,” Stanton said.
    In game two, Glenwood got up 3-0 before A.L. rallied to score three runs over the final two innings to send the game intro extra innings. In the bottom of the eight, a passed ball allowed a Lynx runner to score and win the game 4-3.
    “They kids worked hard but losing on passed ball it tough,” Stanton said. “But those freshmen worked their tails off.”
    Stanton said it was tough for his team to recover psychologically after losing Bryan and senior catcher Rachelle Martin, who was also out with an injury, right in the middle of the tournament.
    “You take those two seniors out of your line up and replace them with two freshman making an entry in the middle of the game and in the middle of the line up, it’s tough,” said Stanton. “We just struggled to get hits when we needed them.”
    Ana Van Scoy was 5-for-8 at the plate in the two games. Brittany Rodgers added three hits.

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Waukee 2,
Glenwood 1
    Class 4A No. 6 ranked Waukee handed Glenwood a 2-1 non-conference loss on Friday.
    “This was probably one of the best team’s I’ve ever seen defensively and with their bats,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “They are certainly the best team we’ve seen this year. We had plenty of chances, we could just not get a timely hit or a passed ball or anything. They are a very, very good team.”
    The Rams had just one hit, a Molly Bryan single that scored McKenna Henze for their only run.
    “We got people on, we just could not get them in,” said Stanton.
    Bryan allowed five hits and one earned run in the loss.

Rams take two from L.C.
    Glenwood stayed perfect in the Hawkeye 10 Conference on Thursday with a pair of victories over Council Bluffs Lewis Central.
    The Rams (17-2 overall, 7-0 in the conference) shutout the Titans 3-0 in game one and rallied from down three runs in the bottom of the seventh in game two for a dramatic 4-3 victory.
    “Anytime you can get a win over Lewis Central, it’s a feather in your cap,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “To send them home with two losses, and the way we did it, felt pretty good.”
    Molly Bryan was in control throughout game one, tossing perfect game through the top of the seventh when the Titans finally reached base on back-to-back hits. Bryan pitched out of that jam and finished with 10 strikeouts in the win.
    The Titans jumped on the Rams early in game two, getting a run in the first and one each in the fourth and fifth. Heading into the bottom of the seventh, Glenwood trailed 3-0 but head coach Tim Stanton saw no long faces nor doubt in his team as they came up for their final at-bats.
    A Rachelle Martin double scored Grace Newman, who reached on a hit-by-pitch, and Martin’s courtesy runner scored on Jaelin Stanton’s single to cut the Titans’ lead to 3-2 with no outs in the bottom of the seventh.
    Lexi Moreno then came to plate intending on sacrifice bunting but her dribbler was mishandled by the Titans allowing Stanton to score and tie the game.
    But the Rams’ weren’t done yet. After a Brittany Rodgers strike out, Ana Van Scoy, the Rams’ senior captain, came to the plate and belted a shot off the wall to score the game-winner.
    “I think everybody was stunned, including some of our our fans,” said Stanton of the comeback. “It was great to see Ana in that position and get that hit.”
    Van Scoy had three hits and an RBI in the two wins.
   
Glenwood 6,
Shenandoah
    The Glenwood softball team blanked Shenandoah 6-0 Hawkeye 10 Conference softball last Tuesday.
    “Conference wins are always good,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “We’ve had problems with Shenandoah in the past, it didn’t matter what either team’s record was, so I’m happy with a 6-0 win.”
    Molly Bryan pitched the shutout, allowing just one hit and fanning nine.
    Glenwood had six hits and capitalized on three Fillie errors for its six runs.
    Rachelle Martin had two hits and Jaelin Stanton and Ana Van Scoy each added a hit in the win. Stanton also drove in two runs.

Glenwood 4,
C.B. Abraham Lincoln 1
    Molly Bryan struck out 12 and allowed just two hits for Glenwood in a 4-1 non-conference softball win over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln last Monday.
    “We thought we’d need five or six runs to win it but when Molly strikes out 12, that’s huge,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “They’re a very good team. We’re super happy with this win.”
    The Rams (14-2 overall, 5-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference), propelled by Bryan’s dominant pitching, scored one run each in the second and third innings and added two more in the fourth to seal the win.
    Jaelin Stanton singled and drove in two runs and Ana Van Scoy had a single and walk.