Hannah Onken is greeted by happy team mates after she hit her second home run of the game. The Rams defeated their third ranked opponent and earned a trip to the state softball tournament.

Greene County softball team earns first trip to state

On July 14, the 2014 Greene County softball team did something that has never been done before in a Jefferson-based high school softball program-they qualified for the state tournament. The Rams had their third consecutive big night at the plate and defeated fourth ranked Sioux Center 12-3. In their last three games, the Greene County squad has blasted 46 hits and out scored their ranked opponents 36-5. "These last three games have been the best wins that I have been associated with," said a beaming assistant coach Greg Ruth.

The Warriors entered the contest with a 26-3 record, but they could not handle the Ram offense which included  eight singles, one double, one home run each for Emma Saddoris and Marissa Promes, and two home runs off the bat of Hannah Onken.

The Rams scored two in the top of the second inning when Promes singled, and Onken drove her in with a home run, but they got a little careless in the bottom of that inning when the Warriors took advantage of a walk, two errors, and an infield hit to score one run and load the bases. Promes struck out the next batter, and Carleigh Paup, and Emily Christensen caught fly balls to leave Sioux Center's three runners stranded on the bags. The Warriors scored their other two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when they were trailing 10-1. The Rams made two additional errors, and the Warriors ripped two solid hits to change the score to 10-3. Greene County got two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh, and Promes held the opponent by striking out two and fielding a ground ball hit back to her.

Promes, who improved her pitching record to 23-4, gave up three runs on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking three. None of the Warrior runs were earned. In addition to the season high four home runs,  Paup and Mobley each connected for two singles, Saddoris added a single and a double, and Tressa Rasmussen, Promes, and Hannah Onken also got one single. Onken led the team with four RBIs, while Saddoris drove in three, and Emily Christensen, Rasmussen, and Promes were all credited with one RBI.

"I am so happy for our team," said coach Tom Kennedy. "We didn't play good defense tonight, but we hit well enough to win. The girls have worked so hard . They deserve this honor. I would also like to thank all the girls who played in recent years and helped build this program."

The Rams (27-7) will begin tournament play on July 21 when they will meet Center Point-Urbana (28-9) at 5 p.m. at Rogers Sports Complex north of Fort Dodge.

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