Molly Bryan was masterful on the mound and the Glenwood defense was just as good.
The Glenwood softball team completed the season-sweep of Council Bluffs Lewis Central with a dominant 4-0 shutout win on Friday.
“They could not get anything going on Molly,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “Lewis Central has three or four pretty good bats in their lineup and we did not let them hurt us. Molly was able to take care of most of the lineup herself and we played great defense. When balls did get hit, we showed when we have all our kids in the lineup, we can play some serious defense.”
Bryan allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out 11 in the win and the Ram defense didn’t commit an error. The shutout was the Rams’ second over the Titans this season.
As much as Lewis Central’s bats struggled against Bryan, the Rams seemingly had little trouble getting to the Titans’ Morgan Means. Bryan, McKenna Henze, Cassie Kruse and Bailey Starner led an 11-hit Ram attack.
Glenwood scored one run in the first inning and that’s all they would need.
“We’re getting our best defenders on the field and we’re hitting with our lineup,” Stanton said. “We felt like we beat them fairly easily this game. The middle of our lineup was fantastic but we were great all through our lineup making (Means) go to 3-2 every at bat. As much as the hits were fantastic and timely, it was making her work every single at bat that was the difference. We didn’t give her any breaks.
Denison grabbed the opener of a Hawkeye 10 Conference double-header from Glenwood before the Rams’ bounced back for a game two victory on Thursday.
The Rams dropped game one 4-3 and won the capper 12-1.
“Denison is an unbelievable good hitting team and Molly pitched great that first game. We just made a few mistakes,” Stanton said.
Glenwood had its chances in game one. Jaelin Stanton was robbed of a sure-fire three-run home run by a great Titan defensive play and the Rams committed two errors leading to one unearned run.
There was no doubt in game two.
The Rams scored four runs in the first inning and followed that up with three more in the second to take a commanding 7-1 lead into the third.
Lisa Nebel stepped in for Bryan in the circle and the sophomore delivered, allowing three hits and just one earned run while fanning five.
“We played great defense and we got a lot of hits out of kids up and down the order,” Stanton said.
Bryan smacked a home run and drove in three runs. Henze and Myranda Starner each added two hits.