There's an old country song with a line that goes, "you might have to crawl even after you walk." The Trojans have done just that this week as they have crawled out of a slump to find themselves in the midst of a winning streak.
The week started on Monday June 16 with the South Hardin Tigers. The Trojans had success early in the season against the Tigers and that would continue on Monday as they routed South Hardin 9-0 in the opening game.
Dalton Doyle got the win on the mound and several Trojan batters contributed toward the Trojan's nine runs. Mitch Thede and the "Brothers Koch" (Grant and Lane) each knocked in two RBIs while Kolton Smith continued to be a nightmare for the Tigers as he blasted his second home run, a solo shot to right, against South Hardin in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Trojans were able to get in two innings of the second game before lightning struck which forced the umpires to call the game.
The Trojans congratulate teammate Cody Kellogg (10) after he hit a grand slam in the game against Vinton Shellsburg on Tuesday June 17 at the STC baseball field.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
Before the game was called Smith continued his hot streak at the plate by hitting his second home run (a solo, leadoff blast to right center field) of the evening off of South Hardin's Ty Cook. The game was scheduled to reconvene on Wednesday June 18.
Tuesday June 17
VINTON-SHELLSBURG BASEBALL (4)
AT SOUTH TAMA BASEBALL (12)
SOUTH TAMA BASEBALL AB R H BI
Kolton Smith 2 2 1 2
Colson Frakes 4 1 1 0
Grant Koch 5 2 3 2
Dalton Doyle 3 0 1 0
Cody Kellogg 3 3 3 5
Mitch Thede 3 0 0 0
Bailey Chyma 3 1 3 1
Lane Koch 4 0 3 1
Blake Keller 2 0 0 0
Jonah Bearden 1 0 0 0
*Rian Simpson 0 1 0 0
*Riley Davenport 0 2 0 0
TOTALS 30 12 15 11
Next up for the Trojans was Vinton on Tuesday June 17 and what a game it was. Starting pitcher for the Trojans was senior Kolton Smith. Aaron Henderson scored the lone run for Vinton in the top of the first before Logan Davis struck out swinging.
It was time for the Trojans to show what they were made of. Smith who just stepped off the pitchers mound wasted no time, hitting a hard line drive for a homerun off of Zach Boisen's first pitch of the game. We are keeping count and that would be the third homerun of the season for Smith and the second of the week for the soon to be Kirkwood Eagle. Smith's power hitting has really come a long way in his final season as a Trojan.
The top half of the Trojan order including Colson Frakes, Grant Koch, Dalton Doyle and Cody Kellogg all put up runs for the Trojans. Kellogg, an up and coming power hitter for the Trojans, nearly went yard in the first inning with a hard hit fly ball that barely curled foul. Kellogg was able to hit a hard line drive for a singe that brought G. Koch home and advanced Doyle to second. Bailey Chyma hit a line drive for a single that brought Kellogg home. Blake Keller picked up the third out for the Trojans after Lane Koch hit a line drive for a fielder's choice put out.
Neither the Trojans nor the Vikings were able to generate any offensive production in the second inning. Defensively, both sides were able to get a quick three outs leading into the third inning.
The top of the third gave the Trojan outfield some action as Wes Edwards and Henderson hit fly outs to center field, which Colson Frakes was able to gobble up. Chyma grabbed the third out for the Trojans from a fly ball by Luke Moen bringing the Trojans back to the plate.
The play of the game came in the top of the fourth inning. Smith made his way to first base after being hit by Boisen. Smith was joined by G. Koch and Riley Davenport (courtesy running for Doyle) to load the bases. Kellogg hit a hard fly ball on the second pitch that sailed over the center field wall for a grand slam!
"It was pretty amazing," said Kellogg of his first ever grand slam, "I never thought I could do that so it was nice to get one in." When asked about his goals as a hitter this season Kellogg responded that he would like to hit five more homeruns and also end the year with a batting average over .350.
Chyma scored one more run for the Trojans in the fourth giving the Trojans an 11-1 lead over the Vikings.
The Vikings tried to get something going in the fifth with Quentin Guenther and W. Edwards both scoring runs. However their efforts wouldn't bring them anywhere close to the massive lead the Trojans had built. Both teams would score a run apiece in the sixth bringing the final score to 12-4.
Next year when the Trojans and Vikings meet it will be a conference game as
the Trojans move from the NICL West to the WaMaC West. Along with Vinton
the Trojans will face Clear-Creek Amana, Williamsburg, Marion, Benton,
Center Point-Urbana and Independence. Coach Seth Koch stated that this was
a big win over a future WaMaC conference opponent.
The bottom line is that if you missed this game you missed out on some
great Trojan baseball. The Trojans stepped up not only offensively but
defensively as well with Smith leading the defense on the mound through
all seven innings.
"Kolton Smith went out and pitched probably his best game of his career as
a South Tama Trojan. He only surrendered two earned runs while striking out
four and only walking two. For the second night in a row he led off the
game with a home run."
Several of the Trojans including Smith, G. Koch, Kellogg, Chyma, and L.
Koch also batted at or above average in this game. "It was one of those
nights where the hitting just became contagious. Cody Kellogg had three
hits and five RBIs including a grand slam home run in the fourth inning.
Grant Koch and Lane Koch also had three hits each and drove in several runs
on the night, said Koch"
Wednesday June 18
Weather suspended play on Monday evening and the Trojans and Tigers picked
up in the third inning where they left off on Wednesday with the score
knotted at 1-1. Kellogg got the start for the Trojans while Smith moved to
"A really nice job by Dalton Doyle and Cody Kellogg limiting South Hardin
to only two runs over 14 innings. Defensively we did some really good
things throwing out runners trying to take extra bases, but we still had a
few miscues that fortunately didn't hurt us."
Kellogg gave up two earned runs and walked just one of the 25 batters he
saw at the plate.
The fourth inning was a big offensive inning for the Trojans. The Trojans
batted through the entire order starting with Mitch Thede. Chyma, L. Koch,
Colton Vest, Smith, Frakes, and G. Koch all scored runs for the Trojans in
"Offensively Kolton Smith is swinging a really hot bat right now. To go
three consecutive at-bats and hit a home run in each is pretty remarkable.
We really hit the ball up and down the lineup though. Any time you score
eight and nine runs in a doubleheader you have to be pleased with your
offense," said Koch.
As already mentioned the Trojans had been in somewhat of a slump over the
last week, winning just one out of the four games played. "After a rough
week it's kind of nice to see the kids get on a little bit of a roll.
Hopefully this is something we can build on and continue to improve the
rest of this week," said Koch.