Rams 2-1 at Boone Tourney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    After dropping the tournament opener to the hosts, Glenwood won its final two games at the Boone Invitational Softball Tournament over the weekend.

    Glenwood led Boone 3-0 heading into the sixth inning of the tournament opener before the Toreadors rallied for two runs in the sixth and a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.
    “I felt like we were really in control of that game and then they get a three-run homer in the seventh to win it,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “It was one of those things where we started out with a bang and we didn’t get much going after that.”
    Molly Bryan took the loss in game one after surrendering six hits and four earned runs. She also smacked her team-leading seventh home run and then was intentionally walked three times.
    In game two on Saturday, Glenwood scored all six of its runs in the first three innings of its 6-3 win over Saydel. Bryan was dominant in earning the win in the circle, allowing four hits and striking out nine. She also had two hits and two RBI of her own at the plate. Lisa Nebel, Grace Newman and Bailey Starner each added two hits.
    In game three, Glenwood exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to dispatch Des Moines North 7-3.
    Glenwood recorded eight hits in the win, led by Starner and Jordyn Hanshaw’s two hits each.
    Lisa Nebel recorded the win in game three, scattering three hits and two earned runs.
    “We got two wins but I wish we had played better,” Stanton said. “We like to get out of southwest Iowa and play some good teams we don’t normally play, but I wished we’d have played better. We didn’t play well or prepare well and didn’t give an effort I’m satisfied with.”
    In that game-two win, Stanton, whose team has played 14 games in the last two weeks, gave some of his regulars the night off. And the reserves, he said, played very well given their opportunity.
    “Sydney Esary, who hasn’t started a lot of varsity games at catcher, really played a fantastic game for us behind the plate,” Stanton said. “We played a lot of kids off the bench and they made the most of opportunities. I think some of our starters are a little worn down now so giving them a break can really help us.”
    Glenwood is now 21-7 overall and 9-3 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.

Rams split with Harlan
    Glenwood dropped a tough 2-1 decision before bouncing back for an 11-1, five inning victory over Harlan in a Hawkeye 10 Conference double-header on Thursday.
    “It just felt like we never got going in that first game,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “Their pitcher (Taylor Schaben) is very well respected but I felt she was hittable. But we just didn’t hit.”
    Molly Bryan took the loss in the circle in game one after allowing three hits, two earned runs and striking out eight. She did help her own cause at the plate going 4-for-4.
    Game two was a night-and-day difference for the Rams. Glenwood had 10 hits in game two, led by Cassie Kruse and Nebel with two hits each. Nebel also drove in two runs.
    “We played game two like we should have been playing all year,” Stanton said. “It just shows we’re an explosive team but we have to do a better job of preparing ourselves for every game. We’re inconsistent. We don’t necessarily always give the effort we need to beat a team like Harlan. If we play like we should, like this, we can beat anyone.”
    Jaelin Stanton doubled to plate two runs.
    Nebel earned the win in game two, scattering four hits and fanning six.

Glenwood 1,
Red Oak 0
    Glenwood ended a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Red Oak last Tuesday.
    The Rams’ Molly Bryan won the old-fashioned pitcher’s duel, striking out nine and scattering two hits.
    The Tigers’ Lexie Holmgren struck out two and did not allow an earned run but recorded the loss.
    Jacey Embray drove in Grace Newman for the game’s only run.

Creston 6,
Glenwood 0
    Madison Frain struck out 13 and held Glenwood to three hits in a 6-0 Hawkeye 10 Conference shutout last Monday.
    The Rams could muster just a pair of singles and a double off the senior, Frain. Grace Newman had a single and a double and Molly Bryan singled.
    The loss was the just the second time this season the Rams failed to score a run.
    Katlin Briley had three hits and drove in a run for Creston.