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Trojans see a win and a loss in Saturday play

June 18, 2014
Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama softball team competed in a two game, round robin tournament in Le Grand on Saturday June 14. The Trojans were coming off of a five game losing streak against some of the NICL's best competition.

The Trojans were looking to change their streak when they took on Marion late Saturday morning in the first of two games.

The Trojans went scoreless the first two innings and gave up two runs with Kallie Halla taking the circle.

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Short stop Hailee Weiss goes for an out against Colo-Nesco on Saturday June 14 at East Marshall. The Trojans fell 11-1 to Colo-Nesco in the round robin tournament.
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Things livened up for the Trojans starting in the third inning. Natalie Stadler and Tori Appelgate would both get on base with singles to start the inning. Down three runs, Dani Stubbs and Hailee Weiss both came through with RBI singles that brought the Trojans within one run.

At the top of the fifth Madison Baack got things rolling for the Trojans offensively with a single followed by Hailee Weiss who also hit a single that would drive in Naomi Hoskey (pinch running for Baack).

First baseman Trisha Walz then stepped up and laced a fly ball into center field for a double, scoring Weiss and taking a 5-4 lead over the Indians. One batter later Hala helped herself with a single that drove in Walz for the final run of the inning. The Trojans took a 6-4 lead going into the sixth.

Fact Box

Midseason Softball Record

5/27 STC vs. West Marshall

L 8-2

5/27 STC vs. West Marshall

W 7-6

5/28 STC vs. Vinton-Shellsburg L 7-1

5/29 STC vs. South Hardin

W 9-3

6/2 STC vs. Grundy Center

W 4-0

6/2 STC vs. Grundy Center

W 8-0

6/4 STC vs. AGWSR

L 12-0

6/4 STC vs. AGWSR L 3-1

6/5 STC vs. Gladbrook Reinbeck W 17-7

6/7 STC vs. Hudson L 9-7

6/7 STC vs. Nashua-Plainfield L 10-0

6/9 STC vs. East Marshall

L 12-0

6/9 STC vs. East Marshall L 9-4

6/12 STC vs. BCLUW

L 10-0

6/14 STC vs. Marion W 8-6

6/14 STC vs. Colo-Nesco

L 11-1

Right fielder Belle Tyynismaa led off the sixth inning for the Trojans with a bunt single. The speedy Tyynismaa, who was also a state qualifier for the STC track team, got a good jump on the next pitch from Marion's Alicia Steepleton and stole second base to put herself into scoring position. Appelgate followed with a hard hit double that brought Tyynismaa around to score.

The Indians would not go quietly however as they responded in the bottom of the sixth with two runs that put them just one run shy of the lead.

The Trojans would close the door in the seventh inning as Walz led off with a double that would translate to the Trojan's eighth and final run after Stadler drove her around with a timely single.

The Trojan defense locked things down in the bottom of the seventh as smart pitching from Hala, and a terrific line drive grab in the air from Wiess led to three quick outs in the field. The final score was 8-6 in favor of the Trojans.

Coach Chelsea Ahrens was grateful for the win saying the girls hit well.

In the second game against Colo-Nesco the Trojans did not fair as well. The heat, blustery winds, and a taxing schedule from the previous week all took their toll in what ended as an 11-1 loss for the Trojans. Julie Wise was the starting pitcher for the Trojans.

The junior Wise made her first pitching appearance on Saturday and was met with a Colo-Nesco team that was patient at the plate and ready to hit the ball.

This was the first game of the day for the Royals and their fresh arms and legs showed as they jumped to an early lead, putting seven runs on the board in the first two innings. With the Trojans struggling to jump start their offense the Royals, led by pitcher Mackenna Ruffcorn, went on to a lop sided first game victory.



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