It's an age old rivalry between the South Tama Trojans and the Grinnell Tigers. This summer season it was the Trojan baseball and softball team's turn to take on the Tigers in non-conference play on Tuesday June 24.
On the mound for the Trojans was senior Kolton Smith. Getting the start for Tigers was senior Brody Beck. The Tigers feature a veteran lineup comprised entirely of upperclassmen (six seniors and three juniors).
Tiger's catcher and lead off hitter Mitch Marlatt got things going with a single in what would be a very productive first inning for the Tigers.
First baseman Cody Kellogg gets an out for the Trojans assisted by pitcher Kolton Smith.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
First baseman Eli Dunne was then hit by a pitch from Smith that put runners on first and second. Third baseman Denton York then hit the first of the Tiger's four doubles that brought around Luke Rodabush (courtesy running for Marlatt) and Dunne to score the Tiger's first two runs. Shortstop Joe Schmidt was also put on base after being hit by a pitch. With runners on first and second center fielder Garrett Jay earned an RBI after hitting a line drive single that scored York for the third run of the inning. With left fielder Brett Gable up to bat, Jay stole second to put two Tiger runners in scoring position. Smith would force Gable into a groundout but not before allowing Schmidt just enough time to score from third. The first half of the inning ended after Beck hit a grounder to shortstop Grant Koch that was thrown to first baseman Cody Kellogg for the third out.
With the exception of a run scored by Blake Keller in the third inning off a line drive by G. Koch, both teams went scoreless until top of the sixth.
The bottom of the Tigers order got their bats swinging with Beck and right fielder Clay Harris hitting an RBI apiece. The nail in the coffin for the Trojans came as Marlatt hit a two run, bases clearing double that extended the Tiger lead to 8-1.
GRINNELL BASEBALL (9)
AT SOUTH TAMA BASEBALL (3)
SOUTH TAMA BASEBALL AB R H BI
Kolton Smith 3 1 1 0
Colson Frakes 3 0 0 1
Grant Koch 4 0 2 2
Dalton Doyle 4 0 1 0
Cody Kellogg 3 0 1 0
Mitch Thede 3 0 1 0
Colton Vest 3 0 0 0
Lane Koch 2 0 0 0
Bailey Chyma 1 1 1 0
Blake Keller 2 1 1 0
TOTALS 28 3 8 3
Senior Brody Beck earned the win for the Tigers, giving up just one earned run and walking one Trojan batter. Beck pitched six innings getting relief in the seventh inning from the up and coming eighth grader Ethan Mitchell.
Mitchell would pitch just one inning for the Tigers, giving up three hits with two earned runs and no walks. Mitchell, who has seen significant playing time on the varsity squad, looks to be a player to watch for the Tigers.
The Trojans were able to end on a high note, taking advantage of the Tiger's pitching change to jump-start their bats. Bailey Chyma and Smith both hit singles that would put runners on the corners for Colson Frakes.
Mitchell forced Frakes into a groundout, but not before allowing Chyma to score from third. Grant Koch delivered the final run for the Trojans as he hit a sharp line drive that brought around Smith to score from second. Koch has proven to be a leader for the Trojans as he currently leads the team in hits, RBIs, and doubles. The game ended as Dalton Doyle grounded out to shortstop Schmidt with a final score of 9-3.
Looking forward to the rest of the season the Trojans remain in contention for the top spot in the NICL west conference. East Marshall is leading the conference with a record of 18-6, Gladbrook-Reinbeck is currently second at 15-6 while West Marshall has slid to fourth behind South Tama with a record of 13-11. As of the printing of this article, STC holds a 12-10 record with four upcoming conference matchups including games against BCLUW, Grundy Center, AGWSR and East Marshall.
Thirty miles south of Tama the Trojan softball team also played the Grinnell Tigers. The Trojans hoped to capitalize on a struggling Grinnell team that had won only one game going into Tuesday's matchup, but instead found a Tigers squad that was ready to play. The first inning saw the Trojans scoring one run and Grinnell scoring two. The second and third innings saw no offensive action.
The Trojans were able to take the lead in the fourth with six runs scored while the Tigers responded by scoring four runs of their own. Going into the fifth inning the Trojans had the upper hand with a 7-6 lead. The Trojans put one run on the board before Grinnell took over the inning, scoring five runs and regaining an 11-8 lead.
After a scoreless sixth inning the Trojans regrouped in the seventh and retook the lead again by knocking in six more runs. With a three run lead in the bottom of the seventh the Trojans were hoping for a big defensive stand. The Tigers refused to go away however and snatched the win away from the Trojans as they scored four runs in the final inning that would clinch the walk off victory. The final score of Tuesday's game was 15-14.
Despite taking the loss, Tuesdays's game was one of the Trojan's most successful offensive efforts this season. Seniors Madison Baack and Sam Holtz led STC at the plate with two hits and three RBIs apiece, while senior lead off hitter Tori Appelgate scored a team high three runs.
Appelgate currently leads the Trojans with 33 hits and 9 doubles so far this season.