Glenwood dropped its opener at the Boone Invitational Softball Tournament before bouncing back to win its final two games over the weekend.
“I think the three hour bus ride and a long week had us lagging a bit to start,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton.
The Rams (16-9 overall, 6-4 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) actually started well against Saydel, leading 3-1 heading into the fifth inning before the Eagles plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull away.
Ram starter Lisa Nebel allowed 12 hits and six earned runs in the loss.
“I do think we pitched well enough to win but our defense played terrible,” Stanton said.
Glenwood knocked off Chariton 8-1 in game two and then defeated Des Moines North 11-10 in eight innings on Saturday.
The Rams had 19 hits in the two games combined.
“We had some rest before these games and our spirit came out,” Stanton said. “These were probably two of our better games this year. We hit it well and we were in control.”
Nebel pitched all three games, striking out a combined 18 batters and walking just two in the two victories. Nebel is 16-8 on the season with a 1.69 earned run average and 174 strikeouts in 141 innings pitched.
Bailey Starner, Nebel and Jaelin Stanton combined for four hits each in the three games. Jacey Embray had three hits including a pair of doubles.
Grace Newman and Jacey Embray each homered for Glenwood in a 7-1 Hawkeye 10 Conference win over Clarinda on Thursday.
Newman doubled and drove in three runs to go with her home run. Embray drove in two runs with her home run. Jordyn Hanshaw had two hits, scored twice and stole a base.
Lisa Nebel recorded the win going the distance and scattering six hits and striking out six.
C.B. Thomas Jefferson 0
Glenwood plated five runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 10-0, five inning victory over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson last Wednesday.
Lisa Nebel was in control from the start in the circle, scattering just two hits, walking none and striking out nine.
Grace Newman doubled and drove in a run while Bree Van Ness, Jacey Embray and Jordyn Hanshaw each drove in two runs.
Glenwood, Harlan split
The Glenwood girls softball team split a Hawkeye 10 Conference double-header on the road at Harlan last Tuesday.
The Rams won game one 2-0 before dropping the capper to the Cyclones, 5-0.
“We always seem to play game one of a double-header pretty well,” Stanton said. “Anytime you can split at Harlan, I’ll take it.”
Glenwood scored two runs in the sixth on a pair of RBIs singles by Sara Ingoldsby and Jaelin Stanton to complete the scoring. The two runs were all Lisa Nebel would need. The junior scattered five hits, walked none and struck out four.
“Lisa pitched great and we played great defense behind her,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “Harlan is a great hitting team and Lisa kept them off balance that first game.”
Titan ace Taylor Schaben would bounce back with her Cyclones teammates in game two. Schaben fanned five, walked one and allowed just two hits – singles by Grace Newman and Bree Van Ness – but led just 1-0 head into the bottom of the fifth. The Cyclones plated four runs in the frame.
“It’s 1-0 there and their bats come alive and Schaben changed her philosophy and started throwing changeups. We were hitting them, we just couldn’t get any power on them.”
The Titans got four hits and five runs off Nebel but three of those runs came via Glenwood fielding errors.
Stanton said Nebel has put together one of the “all time great seasons by a Glenwood pitcher” this season.
“She has worked hard to get here, she deserves the success, she’s a team player,” Stanton said. “We’ve had some pretty good pitching around here but I don’t think we’ve had any do any better than what she’s doing right now.”
C.B. Thomas Jefferson 0
Lisa Nebel had her second consecutive shutout as Glenwood blanked Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 10-0 in five innings last Wednesday.
Nebel was nearly flawless scattering two hits, striking out nine and walking no one in the win.
Bree Van Ness smacked a bases clearing single to lead the Ram hitters.
Red Oak 0
Glenwood plated seven runs each of the first two innings and Lisa Nebel tossed a three-inning no hitter as the Rams blanked Red Oak 14-0 in Hawkeye 10 Conference softball last Monday.
The Rams pounded 11 hits with Grace Newman and Bree Van Ness each blasting home runs. Van Ness finished 3-for-3.
Nebel struck out six and didn’t walk a batter in the win. She also helped her own cause at the plate with a double and a triple.