Glenwood splits at Perry
For the Glenwood softball team, it was a tale of two games at the Paul and Mary Ann Graves Classic at Perry High School Saturday.
In game one, the Rams (4-4) belted four home runs – three in the fifth inning alone – and knocked off the host Bluejays 8-7. In game two, the Rams bats fell silent to the tune of a single hit in a 14-0 loss to Class 2A, No. 2 ranked Van Meter.
“We put a very good hitting display,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton of the game one win. “I think we only struck out three times in that first one. Everybody put the ball in play and did their job. We just weren’t really clean on defense.”
The Rams smacked 12 hits in the game one win with Madison Barrett and Coryl Matheny both recording home runs among their three hits. Allison Koontz, who picked up the win in the circle, helper her own cause with a pair of solo home runs.
“The bottom of our lineup really did their job so the top of our lineup could do their job and get them in,” Stanton said. “The first couple games the bottom side of our lineup was struggling and finally they’ve started putting the ball in play and we’re getting them around.”
In game two, Madison Barrett had the lone hit as the Rams struggled to catch up to Bulldog starter Maddie Waldorf. The sophomore fanned seven and walked two in three innings of work.
Van Meter had 15 hits in the win and all but one of those hits was a single.
“They did a lot of squeeze bunting that we don’t see a lot of on this side of the state,” Stanton said. “We wanted to be more aggressive and try and take that away and it made us a little nervous because we’re not used to it. We’re used to someone ripping a line drive down the third base line instead and I think that made us a little timid.
“Our pitchers threw well and did their job but sometimes you have to just tip your hat to the other time for putting the ball in play.”
Brynn Schrock, an eighth grader, made her first varsity start in the circle for the Rams. Schrock allowed eight hits and six earned runs in three innings of work to take the loss.
A slow start at the plate and five errors defensively proved too much to overcome for the Glenwood softball team in a 9-4 loss to Creston.
The Rams dug themselves an 8-0 hole after four innings but did plate four runs in their final two at-bats.
“You typically see a team down eight runs, they give in, and we saw the girls show a lot of heart and fight,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “We didn’t have the best defensive outing, but I was very proud of the at-bats they took and how they communicated with each other. We just need to have the mentality from the start. We need that in inning one not inning five.”
Allison Koontz started and took the loss in circle after allowing seven hits and five earned runs in four innings of work before giving way to McKenna Koehler.
“Our pitchers did a phenomenal job of getting ground balls, but we just couldn’t get outs. We’d try to get the lead runner and be too slow or we’d fumble one and miss the lead out.”
The Rams finished with 10 hits. Madison Barrett and Koontz both picked up two hits apiece.
Glenwood couldn’t hold an early 3-1 lead in an 8-5 loss at Shenandoah last Wednesday.
The Rams plated a run in the first and two more in the second but never quite looked in synch in the field or at the plate in the loss, said coach Kylee Stanton.
“I think we walked in thinking this ball game was ours,” Stanton said. “If you watched the mentality of the girls from the start, we thought they were going to hand it to us and what we need to realize in the Hawkeye 10 every team comes to play, and we have to do the same thing.”
The Fillies came back to score two runs in the third to tie the score but blew the game open in the fifth with three runs coming off a pair of Glenwood fielding miscues.
“We just had a few errors that compiled with runners in scoring position, and they were able to get up on us,” Stanton said. “We made a run in the seventh, but we could get any closer than 8-5.”
Allison Koontz took the loss in the circle after striking out 10 and allowing nine hits and six earned runs.
Jenna Burdorf tossed four innings and strikeout six to notch the win.
Sara Kolle led Glenwood with three hits and Koontz and Madison Barrett each had a hit and drove in two runs.
Glenwood splits with Denison
The Glenwood softball split a pair of Hawkeye 10 Conference softball pitcher’s duels with Denison last Tuesday.
The Rams dropped the opener 2-1 – with all the runs coming in the seventh innings – and won the nightcap 4-2 behind a pair of strong pitching performances from Allison Koontz. The freshman struck out 14 in a complete-game loss in game one and then fanned 11 in 4 2/3 innings of work in game two.
“I thought we played well enough to win them both,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “With the way Allison (Koontz) pitched, with 14 strikeouts in that first one, you figure you’re winning that one. We just had some calls that didn’t go that way.”
What turned out to be the game-winning run for the Monarchs was granted an extra base on a controversial “dead ball” call. That runner then stole third and later came around to score. The Rams’ Coryl Matheny homered in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead in half, but they could get no closer.
“It was one of those games where the momentum swung for them and we couldn’t get it back,” Stanton said.
In game two, the Rams notched just four hits but took advantage of a costly Denison error to plate two runs and a got a two-run single from McKenna Koehler.
Norah Huebert struck out eight in the game one winner for the Monarchs.