Rebels fall to Wolverines in home opener
Glenville-Emmons takes advantage of 16 walks
ROSE CREEK — Walks were the dominant statistic in Thursday’s softball game between Glenville-Emmons and Southland.
There were a total of 23 walks issued in the non-conference game. The visiting
G-E Wolverines took advantage of a combined 16 walks from the Southland pitching staff and went on to win the
high-scoring affair by a 13-8 margin.
This was the first home game of the season for the Southland girls at the Rose Creek City Park. Chelsey Smith was the starting pitcher for the Southland Rebels, but only lasted two innings.
Brandi Schammel then came on in relief and took the loss after going five innings on the hill. The ball became more slippery as the game went on and G-E scored eight runs in the final two innings to take control.
"It was very sloppy," Southland coach Greg Schulte said. "There were a lot of walks. We did pretty well for a while, then the weather got to the pitchers in the last two innings. It was tough to get a hold of the ball."
Brooke Hanson and Kari Anderson each had two hits on the day to lead the Rebels offense.
Teryn Coffman added a double for the home team.
After trailing 4-0 early, the Rebels rallied and scored four runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game.
It didn’t stay that way for long as the Wolverines scored a run in the top of the third to retake the lead.
Back came the Rebels with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. The home team then added another run in the fifth inning, but the lead didn’t last.
Free passes and defensive miscues then opened the door to a couple of big innings for the visitors.
Even though they were down by seven runs in their last at-bat, the Southland girls didn’t quit.
The Rebels scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the large deficit.
"We had our chances to get more runs, but we left too many runners on base," Schulte said.
"It was nice to finally play a game at home, and the girls battled until the final out."
Southland (0-5) travels to Hayfield this afternoon for a non-conference game.
G-EMMONS 13, SOUTHLAND 8
Glenville-Emmons 131 005 3 — 13 6 2
Southland 040 210 2 — 8 8 3
Glenville-Emmons: Danielle Cooper 2-3, 2 walks, run; Kaley Davis 2-4, 3 runs. WP: Tasha Belshan 7 IP, 8 R, 8 H, 7 BB, 1 K.
Southland: Brooke Hanson 2-2, walk, 3 runs, RBI; Kari Anderson 2-4, 2B, RBI; Teryn Coffman 1-4, 2B, run. LP: Brandi Schammel 5 IP, 7 K, 11 BB; Chelsey Smith 2 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 5 BB, 2 K.