South Tama's varsity baseball team controlled Tuesday's home game against Grundy Center on the mound and in the field.
After an offensive output of 16 runs in their previous outing six days prior, the Trojans' defense shut down the Spartans. Senior Jacob Clark and junior Clay Waterbury combined to pitch seven innings, strike out 14 batters, walk one and allow only two hits in the Trojans' 6-0 victory. South Tama improved to 3-1 with the win.
"The boys are playing well," head coach Seth Koch said. "We had an outstanding performance from our two pitchers tonight. Jake and Clay combined to strike out 14 and walk one. Jake struck out the first six batters of the game. On the last pitch of the third inning, he felt a little twinge in his elbow and we have to take him out.
South Tama junior Clay Waterbury throws toward first base in an attempt to pick-off a Grundy Center runner. STC beat the Spartans 6-0 Tuesday.
"Clay comes in and just responds," he added. "Defensively, we didn't commit an error and that's great this early in the season. Of course, with 14 strike outs, they weren't exactly putting a lot of balls in play."
STC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Senior Chase Schuett lead off the inning and later scored. Junior Noah Bearden added the second run in the fourth inning before junior Tony Keckler scored in the fifth off an RBI double from Bearden. Sophomore Nate Hala, sophomore Kolton Smith and Waterbury each scored in the sixth inning to give the Trojans breathing room.
"Offensively, we let them hang around," Koch said. "We had guys at second and third in the first inning with nobody out and we only push one across. We load the bases in the second inning and can't push any runs across. Fortunately, Noah Bearden got us going with a couple two-out doubles. Clay helped his own cause with his single that took the score from 3-0 to 5-0. That makes it more comfortable in that last inning, knowing you got a five or six run lead, instead of a one or two run lead."
The Trojans host AGWSR Monday. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity starting at 7:30 p.m.