By Allison Graham
Sam Holtz slides for home, scoring one of her four runs against Gladbrook Reinbeck on Thursday June 5. Holtz was called safe by the umpire.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
The old saying goes you win some, you lose some. This was true for the Trojans last week. South Tama fell to AGWSR on Wednesday June 4 in a double header, 0-12 and 1-3. But on Thursday June 5 the Trojans, with home field advantage, came up with a dominating win against the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels.
The first two innings started similar to the AGWSR games earlier in the week as the Trojans struggled to find a rhythm. That was when coach Chelsea Ahrens decided to make a change. In the third inning Kallie Hala replaced pitcher Sam Holtz (who moved to DH) and Catie Collins came in to catch in place of Dani Stubbs who moved to third base. The change up worked for the Trojans defensively. Ahrens said they still gave up some runs but were happy with the 17 runs of their own.
Commenting on the deciding factors in Thursday's win Ahrens stated, "We just hit the ball, we have no problems hitting, but it's our defense and our pitching that is going to win games."
South Tama Softball AB R H RBI
Tori Appelgate 6 0 3 4
Madison Baack 4 1 1 0
Sam Holtz 5 4 4 0
Hailee Weiss 3 2 2 2
Dani Stubbs 5 5 3 2
Trisha Walz 5 2 2 3
Catie Collins 5 0 2 1
Kallie Halla 4 0 1 2
Belle Tyynismaa 5 0 1 0
Offensively the Trojans had some major highlights including a first ever career homerun for senior second baseman Madison Baack. Baack led off the inning and the first pitch was a strike. On her next pitch Baack unleashed and sent the ball soaring out of the park. "It feels amazing," said Baack with a huge smile on her face, "it was relaxing to jog around instead of sprint."
"People were giving her a hard time, but she has a lot of power and she's had a lot of potential. Last year when we went down to East Marshall she hit three doubles," said Ahrens.
Despite recent struggles in the pitcher's circle, Sam Holtz got her bat going against the Rebels. Holtz saw the plate five times earning four hits and four runs with two hits resulting in doubles.
Dani Stubbs also had a stellar performance at the plate as she lead the Trojans with 5 runs. Stubbs had three hits including one triple and contributed five of the Trojans 17 points. She also brought in two RBI's.
First baseman Trisha Walz scored two runs and drove in another three while shortstop Hailee Weiss also scored two runs and drove in two.
Though center fielder Tori Appelgate wasn't able to convert her three hits into runs, she led the Trojans with four RBIs and continued to be a consistent presence at the top of the lineup.
"The middle of our order 2, 3, 4, 5 was really putting it together and the top and bottom of our order was getting on base," said Ahrens.
All in all this was a great night for the Lady Trojans.