GLENWOOD — Creston softball held a 5-2 lead over Glenwood here Monday, but let one slip away as the Rams rallied for an 8-5 win over the Panthers.
A three-run third inning broke a 2-2 tie between the two teams, as Taylor Briley hit a solo home run to straightaway center field and Mackenzie Andreasen smacked a two-out, two-RBI single to put the Panthers up.
Creston starting pitcher Haylee LaMasters got the Rams to go three up, three down in the bottom half of the third inning and then worked out of a jam in the fourth inning thanks to a little help from the field.
Josie Sickels made a catch on a fly ball in center field and then threw out the runner trying to score from third to end the inning on a double play.
Unfortunately for Creston, things broke down in the field after that play, as the Panthers committed four errors in the fifth and sixth innings combined, leading to six Glenwood runs.
“I couldn’t have asked for more,” head coach Mike McCabe said. “The game was right there for us to take home. We’re 5-2 in the fifth and we just make a fiasco out of the inning.”
The inning started with a walk to the No. 9-hitter in the Glenwood lineup. LaMasters got Grace Newman to hit a ground ball to second base, but it was bobbled and everyone was safe.
Then Glenwood put down a bunt, and the Panthers failed to make the play, throwing the ball away.
The Rams scored four runs, three of which were unearned, on just two base hits in the inning.
“The fifth inning was our undoing,” McCabe said. “Unfortunately, just a tough lesson we have to learn.”
Glenwood added two more unearned runs in the sixth inning to stretch the lead from 6-5 to 8-5.
“Came back in the sixth innings, same thing — 8-5 is a whole lot harder to come back from than 6-5,” McCabe said. “I was really proud of the way we came out, really proud of the way we answered back in the third inning. Real disappointed in the way we handled ourselves in the field.”
Creston drops to 17-11 for the season and 9-3 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference, dropping two full games behind Harlan in the loss column with six conference games remaining.
The Panthers host Red Oak tonight, with JV action starting at 5:30 and varsity to follow.
The Creston JV team picked up an 8-2 win over Glenwood on Monday.
Brenna Baker and Taylor Briley combined to allow just three hits and issued no walks. Briley struck out four Ram batters.
Jami Sickels and Shelby Palser each went 1-for-3 with two RBI apiece. Sickels hit a triple. Briley went 1-4 with one RBI, and Nicole Haley and Audrey Fyock each went 2-3.
“Great job of getting the early lead and adding to it in the second inning,” Creston JV coach Teri Keeler said. “Brenna Baker and Taylor Briley again did a great job of pitching.”
Glenwood 8, Creston 5
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Creston 203 000 0 — 5 5 5
Glenwood 020 042 0 — 8 8 1
Haylee LaMasters 8K 4BB and Natalie Mostek. Lisa Nebel 7K 2BB and Bailey Starner. W — Nebel. L— LaMasters. HR — Cr: Taylor Briley 1. 3B — none. 2B — none. RBI — Cr: Mackenzie Andreasen 4, Briley 1. G: Hanna Ringsdorf 2, McKenna Henze 1, Grace Newman 1. Multiple hitters — Cr: Mostek 2, Andreasen 2. G: Sara Ingoldsby 3, Jaelin Stanton 2.