Glenwood caps 4-0 week with win over Clarinda

Glenwood’s Sara Kolle, shown here earlier this season, smacked her first career home run to help the Rams to a 3-2 win over Clarinda Thursday.

Sara Kolle’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth lifted Glenwood to a 3-2 victory over Clarinda in Hawkeye 10 Conference baseball Thursday.

The Rams (8-4) trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth when McKenna Koehler doubled to send Kolle to the plate for the game-winner.

“Clarinda got us last year when we didn’t play well and they got us by 12 (runs),” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “And the girls had a little extra fire. We were hungry and determined to win that ball game. I thought we hit the ball well most of the night. We put it in play and didn’t strikeout a lot. We just hit it right at them.”

Kolle’s shot, the sophomore’s first career round-tripper, was a laser over the leftfield wall.

“We had a feeling going into that inning we were due, and McKenna gets that double and Sara smacks her first home run,” Stanton said. “The long ball has been big for us all year. And it’s not just one person. That can happen all up and down our lineup depending on the timing.”

Entering the sixth, the Rams had recorded just two hits off Clarinda hurler Andi Woods. But as good as Woods was, Glenwood’s Alli Koontz was better. Koontz struck out nine, allowed just four hits and one earned run.

Glenwood 5,
Red Oak 1

Glenwood overcame a slow start offensively in a 5-1 victory over Red Oak in Hawkeye 10 Conference baseball last Tuesday.

The Rams led just 2-0 after five innings and plated three runs over the final two innings to pull out the victory.

“I think we came in expecting to be done in three (innings) and we didn’t make adjustments at the plate,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “It took us a little while to get going. It wasn’t until the fifth or sixth inning before we adjusted and started getting some hits there late.”

Alli Koontz had two hits and drove in two runs and McKenna Koehler had a hit and an RBI for Glenwood.

Koontz picked up the complete-game victory. The freshman scattered three hits and one earned run while fanning seven.

Rams sweep Titans

Alli Koontz had a dominating pitching performance in the circle in game one and homered and homered and drove in two runs in a nightcap victory for Glenwood in a sweep of Council Bluffs Lewis Central last Monday.

Koontz was nearly flawless in the game one winner, striking out 12 and allowing a single hit in the 6-0 game one winner. In game two, the freshman came was on three Rams to smack home runs in a 10-3 victory.

“We started the week off on the right foot,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “We needed both these games. Lewis Central isn’t necessarily as strong as they have been, but they always show up to play us well. And we knew we needed to play well, and we did our job.”

Koontz and Lillie Albers each had two hits in game one and McKenna Koehler singled to drive in two runs. Koontz allowed just five baserunners all night in the circle.

“Her breaking pitches weren’t necessarily working but she spotted her fast ball really, really well,” Stanton said. “She had a little extra oomph which you have for a rivalry game like this so that worked to our advantage.”

In the capper, eighth grader Brynn Schrock picked up her first varsity win after allowing three hits and two earned runs while striking out three in six innings of work.

“Brynn threw really well,” Stanton said. “Being young and this being a rivalry game, you get a little nervous for her, but she threw really composed. It was the best I’ve seen her spot her balls, her rise ball and drop ball were working phenomenally and she had a changeup that really sneaks up on people. She had a good mix of pitches and our defense played really well behind her.”

Koontz, Madison Barrett and Coryl Matheny all smacked home runs in the win. Matheny and Barrett each had three hits and Matheny drove in three runs. Sara Kolle added three hits and McKenna Koehler two.


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