Glenwood off to 2-1 start on diamond with win over TJ
The Glenwood baseball team got a strong outing from starting pitcher Cole Loeffelbein and smacked 13 hits at the plate in a 6-1 road victory at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson Friday.
Loeffelbein threw four solid innings, allowed no earned runs and just one hit to record the win.
Glenwood coach Kurt Schultz said his team’s strong hitting was nicely balanced by a good defensive effort.
“It is very early in the season, but overall the Rams are pitching well and playing very sound defense,” Schultz said. “The coaching staff has worked the players hard in these areas of the game and we are pleased with the Ram’s progress. But believe that we can get better.
A.J. Slaughter led Glenwood with three hits, including a double, and an run driven in. Talon Stromgren added three hits and Loeffelbein helped his own cause with two hits and an RBI.
Schultz said his team’s 13 hits are nice but he still sees work to be done at the plate.
“Offensively, though several players have had good plate appearances, we are somewhat inconsistent and need to focus more,” said Schultz. “The Creston game demonstrated this as several players struck out looking. The players recognized this and they worked hard during the next practice.”
Creston’s Kadon Hulett struck out 14 and allowed five hits in a 4-0 victory over Glenwood last Tuesday.
The Panthers’ junior right-hander pitched six scorless innings before giving way to closer Chase Shiltz in the seventh.
Mavrick Decker was 3-for-3 at the plate and Kolten Wilwerding added two hits for the Rams’ offensive bright spots.
Drake Harrington was credited with the loss for Glenwood, but threw four good innings for the Rams allowing only two hits and one earned run.
Four Glenwood pitchers combined to shutout Tri Center in a 7-0 season-opening baseball victory last Monday.
Carter Von Essen was credited with the victory on the hill as part of a team effort that limited the Tigers to two hits.
Maverick Decker had two hits, including a double, and scored three runs.
Cole Loeffelbein recorded two hits and drove in three runs and Drake Harrington doubled twice and drove in a run.
Glenwood finished with 10 hits and the Rams did not commit an error on defense.