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Lisbon claims first place at G-R tournament

June 10, 2012
Mark Pawlak , Reinbeck Courier

GLADBROOK - The final game of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck softball tournament again pitted the host Rebels against Lisbon, and again was for the championship.

This round on Saturday went to Lisbon, the No. 6-ranked team in Class 1A.

The Lions got a three-inning perfect game in the circle to go with plenty of offense in a 12-0 victory.

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Kristen Tessau connects with a pitch during the Rebels’ matchup with Lisbon at Saturday’s Gladbrook-Reinbeck tournament in Gladbrook.

The two teams met with first place on the line in 2011 with the Rebels winning the game and the tournament.

"Lisbon is a good ball team and they jumped on us early. You've got to give them credit," said G-R head coach Brian Thompson.

The Lions scored two runs in the first, six in the second and four in the third to end the game early.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck honorable mention all-state pitcher Paige Thompson took the loss, allowing eight runs in 1 2/3 innings. Lisbon had 11 hits in the contest and took advantage of every opportunity the Rebel defense left open.

While Paige Thompson is back ahead of schedule after a knee injury from basketball season, the injury bug has hurt G-R in the early going of the year.

"I've never seen so many injuries in one year," Coach Thompson said. "We've a young team and a young team is going to make some mistakes early on. We'll get better as the year goes along."

The Rebels started the day with an 11-5 win over GMG and followed with a 6-2 triumph over North Tama.

The win over North Tama came after a five-run seventh inning erased a 2-1 deficit.

Taylor Flamme had a pair of RBIs for G-R. Three errors in the seventh by the Redhawks helped fuel the rally.

Starting pitcher Taylor Street went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Paige Thompson struck out two in working the seventh.

Amanda Howard had a single and double for North Tama.

Kayla Holbach went 2-for-4 with three RBIs as the Rebels begin the tournament by defeating GMG. Carrie Shouse added two hits and two RBIs, while Kristen Tessau had two RBIs. Emily Snider scored three runs.

Melody Beane had a single and two doubles for the Wolverines, who were within a run until G-R scored five in the sixth.

Emily Havelka had a pair of RBI singles for GMG, while Abby Kulhavy had two hits and an RBI.

Paige Thompson, a senior that will play next year at NIACC, pitched in all three games for the Rebels and is working to get back into form after the basketball injury.

"You can tell when Paige is pitching that everyone picks it up a little bit," Coach Thompson said.

"Taylor Street did a great job in the second game (against North Tama). She struggled a little bit in the first game and we had to take her out, but she really buckled down and pitched well for us," Coach Thompson added. "We brought Paige in to bat when we were behind in the seven and she went in to pitch the last inning."

The Rebels (4-2) host Class 3A No. 6 East Marshall (7-0) on Monday in NICL West play. It will be a varsity-only game at 6 p.m. With the injuries G-R has had and the Rebel soccer team playing that night in the regional final, Thompson said he is expecting only to have three reserves available.

Lisbon was a 11-1 winner over GMG on Saturday. Havelka had two singles for the Wolverines (1-7). Beane added a base hit, while Kulhavy had a single and RBI. The Lions broke open the game in the late innings after it stood 4-1 in the fifth.

North Tama claimed a 15-5 victory over GMG.

Wolverine seniors Beane, Havelka and Kulhavy each had two hits. One of Havelka's hits was an RBI double, while both of Kulhavy's hits were RBI singles.

The two teams meet again on Monday in Green Mountain for an Iowa Star Conference matchup.



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