Glenwood opened its 2013 softball season by winning three of its first four games. Pitcher Lisa Nebel tossed shutouts in all three wins.
Nebel pitched a one-hitter in the Rams’ 10-0 victory over AHST. She recorded nine strikeouts and gave up just one base on balls. Cassie Kruse homered in the victory and drove in three runs. Jaelin Stanton scored a pair of runs for the Rams.
Nebel struck out 15 Tri Center batters in Glenwood’s 4-0 win over the Trojans. The Rams had just three hits in the game but made the most of their scoring opportunities. Sara Ingoldsby scored two of Glenwood’s runs.
The lone setback of the week for the Rams came in a 3-1 loss to Underwood. Glenwood tallied nine hits in the game, including three by Ingoldsby and two by Stanton.
The Rams bounced back from the loss to defeat Griswold, 10-0. Nebel struck out 10 batters and limited Griswold to two hits. Hanna Ringsdorf scored three runs for the Rams and Bailey Starner scored two.
Glenwood Coach Tim Stanton said he was pleased with the overall performance of his team in the first week of the season, particularly on the defensive end.
“I’ve been extremely happy with our defense,” Stanton said. “A lot of games have been played between our varsity, freshman and JV teams and we’ve had good defense all around.”
Stanton said he wasn’t surprised by Nebel’s strong pitching performance.
“Lisa’s an excellent pitcher,” he said. “Nobody’s really hit anything off of her.”
Stanton said the loss to Underwood was one of the strangest games he’s ever been a part of as Glenwood stranded 17 base runners.
“We had base runners the entire game, but we just didn’t get the runners home,” Stanton said. “We’d get runners on and then just couldn’t get the hit when we needed it. We’d hit the ball hard and they would make a great catch.”