Panthers battle back for road H-10 win
GLENWOOD — The Creston softball team picked up a big Hawkeye 10 Conference road win here Monday against one of the teams many believe will be competing for a conference title this year.
Glenwood took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Panthers stormed back in the fifth inning and tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to win 5-1 over Glenwood.
The win improves Creston to 3-2 for the season and 2-1 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference, while Glenwood falls to 4-1 and 2-1.
The Rams took the lead after the Panthers committed an error to put the baserunner on and another error allowed the baserunner to score.
“I was really happy, really proud of them,” Creston head coach Mike McCabe said. “We kind of dug ourselves a hole. Looked like we had a chance to get out of that hole and had an error. Then had another error. We couldn’t help one another. Rather than get their heads down, we came back in that fifth inning.”
Alyssa Higgins served as the sparkplug for the Panthers in the fifth inning, battling through a multiple-pitch at-bat to draw a leadoff walk. Josie Sickels sacrificed her to second base, and Higgins moved to third on Taylor Briley’s first hit of the season.
Haylee LaMasters, who recorded the win in the pitching circle, hit a sacrifice fly to score Higgins. Natalie Mostek followed with a single and then stole second base in a first-and-third situation.
Sophomore Shelby Palser put the finishing touches on the inning with a two-run single.
“Once Alyssa got that walk, that kind of ignited a spark in the dugout and got things going,” McCabe said. “I was pretty proud of the kids.”
The Panthers added an unearned run in the sixth inning thanks to a Glenwood error and then Mostek smoked her third home run of the season, a one-out solo home run, in the seventh inning for the final 5-1 margin.
LaMasters struck out six and walked three in the win, with the lone run being unearned.
“Haylee was pretty darn good from that point on,” McCabe said about Creston’s three-run inning. “We had maybe one time where we got in a bind, but she battled back and we made nice plays behind her.”
McCabe was happy to get a win against one of the teams considered to be in the top tier of the conference, but knows his team won’t be able to celebrate for long with Clarinda coming to town today.
The Rams entered Monday’s game undefeated and leading the conference.
“Big win,” McCabe said. “They’ve been picked as the conference favorite by several people. So to go on the road and get a win is pretty big for this group. Pleased with the win, but back at it tomorrow.”
The Panthers will be without starters Higgins and Palser today, as they will be playing in the regional soccer match.
Varsity action is scheduled for approximately 7 p.m., following the freshmen and junior varsity games.
Creston 5, Glenwood 1
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Creston 000 031 1 — 5 5 3
Glenwood 001 000 0 — 1 3 3
Haylee LaMasters 3BB 6K and Natalie Mostek. Lisa Nebel 4BB 7K and Bailey Starner. W — LaMasters. L— Nebel. HR — Cr: Mostek 1. 3B — none. 2B — none. RBI — Cr: Shelby Palser 2, LaMasters 1, Mostek 1. Multiple hitters — none.