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Rams knock Titans off Hawk-10 throne

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Chloe Newman’s bases clearing double lifted the Glenwood softball team to a 6-3 victory over Council Bluffs Lewis Central on Friday morning.

The game was the conclusion of an extra-inning game the two teams started on June 17 but was suspended in the ninth inning due to lightening strikes.

On Friday, Glenwood (18-10 overall, 8-8 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) did all the striking. First, Brittany Rodgers reached base and following an Ana VanScoy sacrifice, Emily Robinson singled and Molly Bryan reached on an error to load the bases for Newman. The junior first baseman promptly smacked a double to score Rodgers and Robinson. A throwing error allowed Bryan to also come around to score.

“That was just huge,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “To get a hit from her in that situation with the bases loaded when we needed it is just huge. Couldn’t be a better ending for her or us.”

The Titans’ Mallory Allen led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to put a scare into the Rams. But Bryan would fan Madison Massey and induce a popout by Brittnie Kreiser and a ground ball out by Allie Martinez to end the threat and the game.

“We’ve been focused on this game for weeks,” said Stanton. “We worked hard on being ready and getting this one. We did not want to lose this after playing so well for eight innings and then having to wait to finish it. We really played a good ball game.”

The loss knocks the Titans (24-5 overall, 13-1 in the conference) off the conference throne and puts them one game behind Creston. With the Rams heading to Creston on Thursday, who is also Glenwood’s first round district opponent, Stanton said his team has a chance to play spoiler again.

“I think this game can give us some momentum to finish out the year and carry us through,” said Stanton.

Rams split with Denison

Glenwood split a conference double-header with Denison on Thursday.

The Rams earned a 6-1 win in game one but lost the nightcap 5-1.

“They’re kind of like us,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton of the Monarchs. “They’ve beaten all the lower teams in the conference but they haven’t beaten the upper teams but they’ve battled. They’re a very fundamental team.”

In game one the Rams smacked 10 hits and scored five of their six runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Molly Bryan was again sharp in the circle, striking out 11 and allow five hits. Bryan was also 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs driven in. Ana VanScoy added three hits.

In game two, the Monarchs busted open a 0-0 game with two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth.

Bryan, who went 6-for-6 in the double-header, drove in the Ram’ only run in game two when she doubled to plate Emily Robinson.

“Molly never made an out. She really sprayed the ball over. It was one of the best hitting performances I’ve seen,” said Stanton.

Glenwood had 17 hits in the double-header.

“We hit it pretty well,” said Stanton. “We just didn’t string our hits together like they did and it showed in that second game.”

Glenwood 10,

Fremont-Mills 0

Jordan Ruhr pounded a three-run home run to blow open a scoreless game in a 10-0 victory over Fremont-Mills last Wednesday.

Molly Bryan fanned 10 and didn’t allow a walk in the win.

Emily Robinson, Grace Newman and Bryan each had a hit an RBI for Glenwood.

Glenwood coach Tim Stanton was forced to miss the game with an illness in his family leaving coaching duties to assistants Kylie Wilson and Lacey Wheat.

Glenwood 12,

Underwood 0

A seven run third inning propelled Glenwood to a 12-0, four inning victory over Underwood in non-conference make up game last Tuesday.

After going three up, three down the first two innings, Glenwood had eight hits, seven of them singles, in the next two innings, to pull away for the win.

“We hit the ball a lot and they were mostly singles,” Glenwood coach Tim Stanton said. “We got more discplined at the plate and got on base. We really manufactured runs. When we can get people on base and put pressure on teams, we’re tough and that’s what we did.”

Grace Newman recorded two RBIs for the Rams.

Molly Bryan allowed two hits and fanned four in the win.

Glenwood 8,

Clarinda 1

Molly Bryan struck out a season-high 15 and the Glenwood offense smacked 14 hits in a 8-1 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over Clarinda last Monday.

The Rams did most of their damage in the fifth when Glenwood’s five straight hits and a hit-by-pitch led to five runs. Grace Newman, Chloe Newman and McKenna Henze each drove in at least one run in the inning. Henze finished with two hits. Ana VanScoy and Bryan each added three hits.

Bryan allowed four hits in the win and fanned three of the last four batters she faced to end the game.