Molly Bryan broke the single season strikeout record and Glenwood pounded out 18 hits in Hawkeye 10 Conference double-header sweep of Denison on Thursday.
The Rams (23-12 overall, 10-6 in the conference) had 13 hits in an 8-3 game one victory over the Monarchs. Bryan struck out 10 and allowed just five hits in the win.
In the capper, Bryan fanned two and allowed six hits in a 3-0 shutout.
The game two win was especially impressive to Glenwood coach Tim Stanton, not just because his freshman pitcher fanned her school-record 223rd batter for the season. Bryan held the Monarchs without a run for just the fourth time all season.
“From everything we've heard about them (Denison), they can really smash the ball,” said Stanton. “She shutout a pretty good hitting team and we played great defense behind her too.”
Aubree Eckhart had three hits and scored two runs in the double-header. Sophie Ringsdorf, Nicole Charland and Rachelle Martin each had two hits. Martin drove in three runs.
The sweep puts the Rams firmly in fifth place in the conference behind Council Bluffs Lewis Central (13-2), Creston (12-2), Kuemper Catholic (14-3) and Harlan (13-3) with two conference games remaining. Stanton looks at the conference standings and wonders where his team might be were it not for five runs.
“The way I look at, we're about five runs from being conference champions,” said Stanton. “We lost by one to Kuemper twice, and we lost to Harlan by one and two runs. We get those games and we're right in it.”
The Rams open district play on Saturday at Harlan. Stanton like his team's chances.
“I like the match up,” he said. “Sure, it'd be nice to have a home game in districts every once in a while but I think we have a good shot on the road.”
The Glenwood softball team needed just five innings to dispatch Tri-Center 16-5 in a non-conference tilt last Tuesday.
The Rams took advantage of five Tri-Center errors and had 17 hits in the win.
“This was far and away the best hitting game we've had this year,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “Even their coach came over to me and said 'We haven't seen anybody hit it as hard you guys.' We just hit it everywhere in every gap.”
Nicole Robinson and Monica Jones each had three hits. Robinson tripled, doubles and drove in two runs. Jones drove in four runs. Aubree Eckhart was 2-for-2 with two runs and a triple.
Molly Bryan fanned six, scattered three hits and allowed two earned runs in the win.
Rams take two from Clarinda
The Glenwood softball team combined for 26 runs in a pair of Hawkeye 10 Conference victories over Clarinda last Monday.
The Rams won game one 11-1 and game two 16-5.
“Clarinda is down a little but this year,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “But we didn't want to go down there and slump at the plate and we didn't. We hit it all over and got two conference wins so I'm happy.”
The two wins knots Stanton's record against his brother Denny, who is stepping down as Clarinda's coach after 15 years this season, at 8-8 all time.
Ana VanScoy had three hits and three RBIs in the two wins. Aubree Eckhart also had three hits and scored three runs.
Kayla Martin, Sophie Ringsdorf, Rachelle Martin and Emily Robinson all had two hits each.
Molly Bryan earned the win in the circle after allowing one hit and fanning nine.