Third inning rally propels Rams softball to win over North Polk
By BRANDON HURLEY
The Greene County softball team is hitting their stride at the perfect time as the season nears its end, having won six of their last eight games.
A five-run third inning proved to be just what the Rams needed as they buried North Polk in a 7-2 road victory Monday night.
Greene County never trailed, as runs in the first and second innings gave them a slim 2-0 lead heading into the third. The Rams blew the game open with five more in the third to take a 7-0 lead. The Comets did manage two runs in the fourth inning, but the seven run deficit and Hannah Promes pitching prowess proved to be too much.
Senior Carleigh Paup, Promes and sophomore Megan Durbin led the way for the Rams Monday, as each batter collected two hits. Paup and Durbin also scored two runs.
Jenna Byers’ three-run blast fueled the third inning rally that proved to be the difference.
The Rams collected eight hits in the game.
Promes tossed a gem on the mound, going seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three, improving her record to 12-10 on the year.
HAWKS STIFLE RAMS’ REVENGE HOPES
Greene County couldn’t hold on to an early lead and fell in a close battle with South Hamilton, 6-4 Tuesday in Jewell.
The Hawks handled the Rams fairly easy just a eight days prior, a 12-1 decision Monday, June 20 in Jefferson. Redemption was on the minds of the Rams players as they jumped out to a 3-2 lead after three innings, but a four run fourth inning by South Hamilton dashed any upset hopes to take the lead for good. Greene County couldn’t muster any more offense in the remaining two innings to fall to 14-13 on the year.
Senior Sydney Koch and freshman Megan Carey collected two hits apiece. Hannah Promes, Jenna Beyers and Laurin Lyons each knocked in a run as well.
Promes suffered the loss on the mound, tossing six innings, giving up six runs on six hits while striking out six. The junior is 12-11 on the year.
The Rams were back in action Wednesday night as they traveled to Saydel to take on the 19-9 Tigers. Results were not available at the time of print.
Greene County’s final regular season game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Roland-Story.
The Rams will take on Perry in the first round of the Class 4A regionals at 7 p.m. Thursday in Perry. The Bluejays are 19-11. The winner will travel to Norwalk to take on the Warriors at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Norwalk maintains a 18-11 record.
Paup leads the Rams in batting with a .440 average. Koch leads the team with 26 runs batted in.