One bad inning and offensive struggles led to a loss for South Tama's baseball team last week.
The Trojans beat Grundy Center on May 29, but fell to Grinnell on the following day. It was their last game of the week, as Thursday's game at East Marshall was postponed because of rain.
Against Grinnell, STC fell behind 1-0 in the second inning. The Trojans gave up four runs in the third inning as they walked and hit several Grinnell batters.
South Tama baseball coach Seth Koch talks to his infield players during last week's home game against Grundy Center. The Trojans won the game, but lost to Grinnell on the following night.
"The difference was, from a pitching standpoint, we walked only three batters, but we hit four," head coach Seth Koch said. "We had a few control problems. Those extra base runners that we gave Grinnell were the difference. Grinnell's pitchers hit two and walked one. So, if you look at the difference in the extra bases runners, that's the difference in the score. We didn't play badly. We just didn't play well enough to win."
Grinnell added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. South Tama responded with a rally. STC scored four runs in the inning to close the gap. Scoring runs were Chase Schuett, Noah Bearden, Kolton Smith and Sam Kuhter. Smith and Tony Keckler each had two RBIs in the inning.
South Tama was unable to score any runs in the seventh inning. The Trojans lost 7-4. Their record is 3-2 on the season.
"We played well late, but we didn't play well early," Koch said. "We spotted them four runs in the third inning to go down 5-0. Then we were down 7-0 going into the sixth inning and scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. We did not hit early, but we needed to hit early. Offensively, we needed to get it going earlier than we did."
After struggling to put Grundy Center away the day before, Koch wasn't happy with his team's offense against Grinnell.
"We weren't getting guys on base on Wednesday," Koch said. "It wasn't until the fifth or sixth inning that we got guys on and at that point, we had to try some things. We swung at a lot of bad pitches and we weren't very disciplined at the plate. That got us into trouble.
"From a defensive standpoint, we committed only two errors and neither one hurt us," he added. "Neither error allowed any runs."
Thursday's game was rained out. The make-up date is June 18 and it will be a varsity doubleheader. The Trojans used Thursday and Friday to practice and improve on several areas of the game.
"On Thursday, we hit at the indoor facility and we talked about what we need to work on at the plate a bit," Koch said. "On Friday, we had a really good practice. We got a lot of things done. It was nice to have a break and practice."