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Rams drop two at Treynor tourney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood softball team’s struggles at the plate continued Saturday in a pair of losses at the Treynor Invitational Softball Tournament.
    The Rams (17-4 overall, 7-1 in the conference) lost the opener to the host Cardinals before falling to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln in the capper, 4-2.
    “No excuses,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “We got home late the night before. The Waukee loss was a tough one but Treynor threw and played great and we didn’t.”
    Glenwood could only muster two hits – a pair of doubles by Bailey Starner – off Treynor starter Madison Keyser. In their last three games, Glenwood has had 10 combined hits, including four extra-base hits. Glenwood recorded eight hits in Saturday’s two losses.
    “Bailey hit the ball like crazy. We just couldn’t get anybody on when she did it,” Stanton said. “My hats off to Treynor. We didn’t come to play that day.”
    Molly Bryan took the loss in game one, allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out six.
    Stanton said after the game-one result, he decided to juggle his lineup for the second game, to give his regular starters some rest.
    “When you play a schedule like we do, you’re trying to win every game, but it’s just not realistic your kids can play every day,” Stanton said. “And we took that opportunity in the A.L. game. I think if we throw Molly in that game, we probably win a close one. But I was super happy with how the younger kids played that game.”
    Glenwood defeated Abraham Lincoln 5-0 in a Molly Bryan no-hitter on Monday.
    Lisa Nebel started game two and allowed six hits, three earned runs and five walks while striking out one.

Waukee 2,
Glenwood 0
    Waukee pitcher Kylie Mickelson allowed five hits and struck out nine in         a 2-0 shutout of Glenwood on Friday.
    Friday’s loss was the Rams’ first by shutout this season.
    Mickelson bottled up the Ram bats, allowing just four singles and one double.
    “We were missing (McKenna) Henze, who was at a wedding, and that really hurt us in our hitting,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton of his junior shortstop. “We were able to cover for her on defense but to take her bat out of the line up, she can always seem to get on base in critical times, it killed us.
    “We just couldn’t put a couple of hits together and have someone on base when we did. It’s not like they dominated us. We played with them the whole game.”
    Molly Bryan took the loss allowing five hits and two earned runs while fanning a season-low two. Bryan had two of the Rams’ five hits.

Glenwood 1,
C.B. Lewis Central 0
    Bailey Starner’s fourth inning double to score McKenna Henze proved the game-winner for Glenwood in a 1-0 victory over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson on Thursday.
    Molly Bryan was masterful in the win, allowing three hits and fanning 10.
    “Molly pitched great, they never got on track with her and defensively we played really well,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton.  “That’s what it takes to beat a team like Lewis Central. We didn’t hit particularly well, their pitcher kept us off balance, and we struggled hitting but luckily we were able to get a run in.”
    The Rams’ lone run came in the fourth when Henze singled, followed by another single by Jaelin Stanton to set the table for Starner. Starner doubled to score Henze but Stanton was picked off at third to end the rally and the inning.
    “We probably should have scored two there,” Stanton said. “It was probably a coaching error not running for Jaelin. That was my mistake but luckily it didn’t cost us anything. This was just a good solid game for us. We really needed it and it’s always nice to be Lewis Central. There was a lot of tension in this game.”
    Bryan and Henze each recorded two hits in the win.
    With the win Glenwood moved into a tie for first place in the Hawkeye 10 Conference with Harlan and Creston. Glenwood will face off against Harlan in a key conference double-header in Glenwood on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Glenwood 5,
Shenandoah 0
    Molly Bryan threw her second straight shutout and hit a home run for Glenwood in 5-0 Hawkeye 10 Conference win over Shenandoah last Tuesday.
    The Rams scored one run in the top of the first and four more in the second to complete the scoring.
    Bryan struck out 12 and allowed three hits and was 2-for-4 at the plate with her conference leading fifth home run.
    Lisa Nebel doubled and drove in two runs.

Glenwood 5,
C.B. Abraham Lincoln 0
    Molly Bryan tossed a no-hitter for Glenwood in a 5-0 victory over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln last Monday.
    “This was a great game for us. We played loose and it felt like the kind of game where we saw how good we could be,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton.
    Molly Bryan walked two and struck out 11 in the victory. She also helped her own cause at the plate going 3-for-4 with a triple.
    “I moved Molly to the lead-off spot because she’d been getting walked so much and it’s really paid off,” Stanton said.  
    Jaelin Stanton was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Hanna Ringsdorf added a hit and an RBI.