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Ram softball wins St. Albert tourney title

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood softball team bounced back from a pair of losses to outscore the competition 24-0 in winning the Council Bluffs St. Albert Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

    The Rams knocked off the host Saintes 17-0 in a four inning opening round win and came back to defeat West Central Valley 7-0 in the title game.
    In game one, St. Albert pitcher Lauren Archer walked 22 and hit six more Glenwood batters. The Rams scored 17 runs but remarkably had just one hit on the day, a single by Maddie VanScoy.
    Ram coach Tim Stanton called the game the “strangest” he's been a part of as a head coach.
    “We put 40 batters to the plate and she (Archer) threw only 23 strikes all game,” Stanton said. “When we did get a pitch to hit the girls wouldn't even swing because they weren't expecting it. We even hacked at bad pitches. I told the girls to wait until you see a strike and I had to take that off because we weren't getting any pitches to hit. It wasn't the game we were expecting, that's for sure. It was bizarre.”
    Molly Bryan fanned all six batters she faced in two innings to earn the win.
    In the tournament capper, Cassie Kruse smacked her Hawkeye 10 Conference leading sixth home run of the season and drove in two runs in the 7-0 victory.
    “It took us a little bit to get going but we opened it up in the third and fourth innings,” said Stanton.
    Rachelle Martin singled and drove in a run.
    Bryan fanned five and allowed just one hit over six innings.
    The Rams varsity is 12-2 overall in the season and 4-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference. The junior varsity remains unbeaten at 10-0 and the freshmen team is 6-1.

Underwood 5,
Glenwood 3
    The Glenwood softball suffered its second straight loss of the season with a 5-3 setback at Underwood on Friday.

    The Rams got up 3-0 early before the Eagles rallied to score five runs over the final three innings.
    “We were flat going into that game,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “I was disappointed in that part. Part of that is coaching I know but I think we put up three runs in the first couple innings and we thought that was enough. I give Underwood a lot of credit, they played the whole game and we didn't.”
    Glenwood was held to four hits.
    Molly Bryan allowed five hits in the loss.

Sioux City East 4,
Glenwood 3
    Glenwood suffered its first softball loss of the season when a seventh inning rally came up a run short in a 4-3 non-conference loss to Sioux City East last Wednesday.
    Glenwood got down 4-0 after two innings before plating all three runs in the top of the seventh. The game ended with the game-tying run on second base.
    “I told the girls nobody is going to go 40-0,” Stanton said. “I would have loved to win this but I'm not at all disappointed in how we played. Being able to put those runs up late, having the tying run on base and not giving up, it shows we're right there with a pretty good team. We were right there, we just came up a run short.”
    Molly Bryan recorded the loss, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.
    “She pitched really well up there against a pretty tough strike zone,” Stanton said.
    Glenwood out-hit the Black Raiders seven to six.

Glenwood 9,
Clarinda 3
    The Glenwood softball team smacked 11 hits, including three each by Cassie Kruse and Grace Newman in a 9-3 victory over Clarinda last Tuesday.
    “We got off to a slow start but we hit it pretty well after that,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton. “I liked how we played. We heard they were playing well and we wanted to play well. We only struck out three times all game. If we do that, we're going to be hard to beat.”
    Molly Bryan earned the win in the circle, fanning nine and allowing just one earned run and six hits.
    Kruse drove in three runs on her three hits and Newman drove in two and scored twice.

Glenwood 6,
Red Oak 0
    Molly Bryan struck out six in the circle and poked a three-run home run for Glenwood in a 6-0 Hawkeye 10 Conference softball win over Red Oak last Monday.
    “We did a good job stringing some hits together over a few innings,” said Glenwood coach Tim Stanton.
    Bryan allowed just two hits to earn the win.
    Grace Newman added a hit and an RBI and McKenna Henze scored two runs.