Greene Co softball starts ’18 season with two wins, four losses

~by The Scranton Journal

The Greene County softball team opened its 2018 campaign with a 12-10 victory over Saydel Friday, May 25. The Rams came up against two rated teams in the Ogden tournament Saturday where they went 0-3 on the day.

After the game against Coon Rapids-Bayard was rained out on Tuesday, May 29, the Rams defeated Gilbert 8-5 Wednesday in their first home game of the season. Friday, June 1, GC traveled to Nevada where they lost 7-4.

The Rams are 2-1 in HOIC play and 2-4 overall.

Rams 12 ~ Saydel 10
Greene County opened the game with an eight-run first inning, followed by a run in the second and three in the third for a 12-4 advantage. Saydel tacked on two runs along with four in the sixth to close the gap to 12-10. Ram defense put an end to the threat in the seventh for the win.

The Rams cracked 12 hits for their 12-run tally. Paton-Churdan junior Megan Carey poked a double and two singles to top the hitting chart. The rest were all singles including two by Jenna Beyers for two RBIs; two RBI hits by Danielle Hoyle and one apiece by Samantha Hardaway and Izzy Bravard. PC eighth grader Carmyn Paup rapped a three-run double in her first varsity at-bat. She added a single later in the game.

Beyers pitched the win, yielding 10 runs on 12 hits, walking 10 and striking out two batters. Six of the runs were earned.

Boone 13 ~ Rams 0
Greene County came up against Class 4A Boone in the first game of the Ogden tournament May 26. The #14 Toreadors punished the Rams 13-0 in three innings by the 12-run rule.

Boone took command early against the Rams, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. Greene County had no hits in the three innings of play, but three base runners were on due to walks. The Toreadors added a run in the second and seven in the third to end the game.

Boone acquired 14 runs on 12 hits off losing pitcher, Jenna Beyers. She walked four and struck out two before being relieved by Samantha Hardaway.

MStM 8 ~ Rams 1
Martensdale-St Marys is the number three team in Class 1A. They handed Greene County  an 8-1 loss in the second game of the tournament in Ogden.

The Blue Devils put three runs on the board in the opening inning, adding two more in the third and three in the fourth for the victory. Samantha Hardaway scored the lone run on an RBI by Faith Davis in the seventh inning.

Hardaway took the loss on the mound, throwing two walks, fanning four and yielding eight runs on 13 hits.

Danielle Hoyle doubled for the Rams’ only extra base hit. Jenna Beyers singled twice and Hardaway had a base hit.

Webster City 14 ~ Rams 5
The early evening finale in Ogden resulted in a 14-5 loss to Webster City in five innings.
Webster City broke open a 2-1 game by scoring 10 runs in the third for a 12-3 lead. Both teams added two more runs for the 14-5 final.

Samantha Hardaway pitched the first half of the game and was tagged with the loss. Jenna Beyers came in to relieve the senior. Together they gave up 14 runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out three.

Beyers stroked two singles for two RBIs. Designated hitter Lily Muir doubled and Paige Heaning added a run-scoring base hit. Hardaway, Carmyn Paup and Faith Davis also had singles.

Rams 8 ~ Gilbert 5
The Rams won in the Heart of Iowa Activities Conference against Gilbert in Jefferson May 30.

Gilbert scored twice in the first inning but Greene County tied the score in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Laurin Lyons. They went on to plate six more runs before the Tigers added their final three in the sixth for an 8-5 Ram victory.

Samantha Hardaway started on the mound and picked up the victory, allowing five runs on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Jenna Beyers finished the inning and 2/3 with one hit and a strikeout.

Danielle Hoyle stroked a double and single; eighth grader Carmyn Paup singled twice as did freshman Lily Muir. Megan Carey, Beyers, Hardaway and Faith Davis added a single for an 11-hit night for the Rams. Muir and Paup each drove in two runs while Hoyle and Hardaway had one RBI apiece.

Nevada 7 ~ Rams 4
The Rams posted 12 hits against Nevada on the road June 1 but couldn’t turn them into the runs needed to defeat the Cubs.

Nevada took a 3-0 lead after three innings. GC went up by one, 4-3, in the top of the fifth but the Cubs tied the score in the bottom of the inning. They added three more in the next frame but the Rams were unable to reply, losing 7-4.

Megan Carey and Lily Muir each went three-for-three at the plate. Carmyn Paup tripled, singled and drove in two runs with Danielle Hoyle collecting a double, single and one RBI. Jenna Beyers also drove in a run and Samantha Hardaway and Laurin Lyons collected singles.

Hardaway was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs on nine hits and two strikeouts. Beyers threw in relief, allowing three runs on two hits while walking one and striking out one batter.

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