Ram softball team shocks Sergeant Bluff-Luton 14-2
For the second time this week, the Ram softball team played a road game versus a ranked opponent, and for the second time, they won convincingly. Sergeant Bluff-Luton was a victim of a 14-2 thrashing in six innings on their home diamond. The 21-8 Warriors had recently won the Missouri River Conference title, a league that includes mostly 5A schools from Sioux City and Council Bluffs. The outfield fences at the diamond were draped with banners from the team's recent state tournament appearances, and the orange and black clad home fans had arrived early to get seats behind home plate, but Greene County's squad was not intimidated.
The team got a huge boost of confidence when Emma Saddoris hit her third lead off home run in her last four games. Warriors answered with two in the bottom of the first when Ashtin Hazel hit a two run dinger. Batters for both teams were retired in order in the second inning, but the Rams broke open the game and silenced the home crowd by sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs in the third inning to take a 8-2 lead. The Warriors got a runner to third base in the bottom of the third, but two good defensive plays by the Rams left her stranded. Greene County continued to pad their lead by adding two more runs in the fourth, and four in the sixth. Meanwhile, Ram pitcher Marissa Promes (22-4) only gave up one hit and one walk in the last three innings, and her team mates backed her up by playing an error free game.
The Rams had a season high 21 hits off of Sergeant Bluff Luton's two pitchers who had combined for 17 wins this season. Eight Greene County players had mutliple hits in the game, and the team improved its record to 26-7 for the season. This is the third consecutive year that the Rams have recorded 26 wins in a season. The squad moves on to the the 3A-Region 1 championship versus fourth ranked Sioux Center on Monday in Battle Creek at 5:30 p.m. It will be another long bus ride, and the Rams play another rated team, but it could be another upset and a trip to the state tournament.