Rams 1-1 at Denison tournament
The Glenwood softball team split a pair of games at the Denison Softball Invitational Saturday.
The Rams (11-8) won their opener 5-3 over Ridge View before dropping a 12-2 decision to Class 2A, No. 8 ranked Logan-Magnolia in the capper.
McKenna Koehler threw a complete-game for the Rams in game one. The sophomore stuck out four and while she did allow 11 hits, but only three extra-base hits.
“She threw a phenomenal game,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “She didn’t walk a single batter and got us ground ball after ground ball.”
Playing with a shuffled lineup due to some players sitting out, Stanton thought her team stepped up when called on.
“Everybody did their part and we strung together in order to win it and we shut down their big hitters,” she said.
Abby Hiatt was dominant in the circle for the Panthers in game two. The sophomore struck out 11 and allowed just one hit, an RBI single by Madison Barrett, in the five-inning victory.
“There’s a reason they’re ranked in 2A,” Stanton said. “They have a very good pitcher and she definitely had some of our batters’ numbers. We just couldn’t get anything rolling.”
Macanna Guritz hit a home run drove in three runs to lead Logan-Magnolia at the plate.
Clarinda rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Glenwood 4-3 in Hawkeye 10 Conference softball Friday.
The Cardinals’ walk-off win came via a base loaded walk to Presley Jobe to score Jerzee Knight. The ending, however, wasn’t without controversy.
In the top of the seventh, the Rams were poised to add to their lead with Coryl Matheny on third and Alli Koontz on first when McKenna Koehler smacked a ball to right field that was dropped by the outfielder. Matheny raced home but did not slide as per rules and was ruled out and ejected.
“Coryl tried to sidestep her (the catcher) but she still needed to slide,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “Its hard. You have to slide when you’re coming into home but it’s a hard way to lose.”
All four of Clarinda’s runs in the bottom of the frame came with no outs on consecutive singles from Knights, Hailee Knight and Emmie Albaugh.
“The mindset of our team really changed,” Stanton said of her team’s top half of the seventh. “We had to shuffle people around and I think panic kind of set in. It shouldn’t have, we should have just had confidence in who was out there but it became a stressful moment.”
Coryl Matheny led Glenwood’s 10 hit attack with three hits. Delaney Holeton and Sara Kolle added two hits each.
Alli Koontz took the tough luck loss in the circle after striking out six and allowing six hits in the complete game.
Glenwood had eight different batters record a hit on the night in an 8-3 victory over Underwood last Wednesday.
The Rams finished with 12 hits on the night. Coryl Matheny led the way with three hits, including two doubles, and three runs driven in. Aza Sechtem added two hits and Alli Koontz and McKenna Koehler both doubled and drove in a run.
In all, seven different Rams notched hits.
“This was a game we had a lot of girls step up,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “This was a nice night to see everyone get their recognition they needed all through our lineup.”
Koontz picked up the win in the circle only allowing four hits while striking out four and walking one.
Creston’s Nevaeh Randall smacked a home run and pitcher Keely Coen allowed just two hits in a 5-0 victory over Glenwood in Hawkeye 10 Conference softball Tuesday.
“We didn’t hit the ball real well,” said Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton. “I don’t feel like we squared up as much as we did the night before. But defensively, we played really, really well against a team that had been averaging 10 and 12 hits a game. We knew they’d come out and hit it and we had a game plan for our pitchers. We had them off-kilter a little bit.”
But he Rams could never quite string together any momentum against Coen, who struck out nine and walked one. Delaney Holeton and Coryl Matheny had the Rams hits.
Randall led the Panthers with four hits and drove in three runs.
McKenna Koehler was credited with the loss in the circle for Glenwood after allowing four hits and three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Rams split with Harlan
Glenwood split a Hawkeye 10 Conference softball doubleheader with Harlan last Monday.
The Rams picked up a 5-0 shutout win in game one before dropping the nightcap, 9-8.
Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton said her team arrived late due to transportation issues so they didn’t get to follow their normal warm up routine for game one.
“The girls didn’t have any time to hit or really think about anything,” she said. “We just sort of went and played ball and honestly I think it was some of the best ball we’ve played in some time. We played solid everywhere and everybody hit the ball. That’s all I can ask for.”
In the opener, the Rams got home runs from Coryl Matheny and Alli Koontz among their 11-hits in the 5-0 game one win and came up short in a seventh inning rally in a 9-8 loss in game two.
In all, Glenwood recorded 21 hits on the night.
Koontz belted two home runs as part of her five hit night. She also drove in four runs. Matheny added five hits.
Koontz picked up the game one win in the circle while scattering three hits and striking out four.
“She threw really well,” Stanton said. “She didn’t get anything up and she battled every batter and didn’t walk a lot. When she’s throwing like that the defense really plays better behind her. It was nice to see everyone play so solid.”
As sharp as her team looked in game one, they got out to a slow start in game two that saw them trail 8-0 after four innings.
“I don’t know if we had the feeling we expected to win and they were going to give it to us but we came out sluggish and we gave up a few runs early on some silly things. But the girls battled even when we got down. I was proud of our effort after we got down.”
Brynn Schrock started game two. The eighth grader allowed two hits and three earned runs to take the loss.
After not committing an error in game one, Glenwood had three in game two. They also stranded 10 runners in the nightcap.