By Allison Graham
Colton Vest gets a well deserved congratulations from his teammates after nabbing the catch that ended the game on Thursday July 3.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham
Slow and steady would prove to win the race for the STC Trojans who bested the Grundy Center Spartans (8-13) on Thursday July 3.
At the helm for the Trojan defense sophomore Colson Frakes who racked up an impressive 10 strikeouts to go along with zero earned runs. Frakes was just shy of what would have been the Trojans second no hitter of the season, giving up just one hit to the Spartans. Out of his five starts Frakes is currently 3-1 across 34 2/3 innings of play this season. Frakes is right in the middle of the NICL west with a combined season ERA of 2.63.
"For the third game in a row we got another outstanding pitching performance. Colson Frakes went out and threw a one hitter and shutout Grundy Center. Colson actually took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before Sam Krausman snuck one by a diving Dalton Doyle at 3rd base. Probably the most impressive statistic was that he didn't walk a batter over seven innings," said STC head coach Seth Koch.
SOUTH TAMA BASEBALL (5)
AT GRUNDY CENTER BASEBALL (0)
SOUTH TAMA BASEBALL AB R H BI
Kolton Smith 4 0 0 0
Colson Frakes 2 2 1 0
Grant Koch 4 0 3 3
Dalton Doyle 2 0 1 1
Cody Kellogg 3 0 0 0
Mitch Thede 3 0 0 0
Blake Keller 3 1 2 0
Bailey Chyma 2 1 0 0
Colton Vest 4 1 2 1
TOTALS 27 5 9 5
Proving he has what it takes offensively, Frakes also put one run on the board in the first after being walked. In his two at bats Frakes totaled one hit (fifth inning) and was able to score after an RBI single from Grant Koch. A near no hitter and two runs scored made for superb outing for the sophomore.
Going scoreless in the second and third innings it would be Blake Keller that would spark the Trojan offense in the fourth inning. Keller hit a pop up for a single. He would go on to advance to second after a sacrifice bunt by Bailey Chyma. Keller was determined to score and made it home as Colton Vest grounded out on the throw. Keller turned in an efficient night at the plate going two for three with two singles, a walk, and a run scored.
Koch continues to be a key bat in the Trojan lineup as he went three for four with three RBI's in Thursday's matchup. At the plate this year Koch's 42 hits and 10 doubles are currently the best in the NICL west while his 39 RBIs are second in the conference behind Nick Long's (East Marshall) total of 41. Koch's RBI production has accounted for 25% of the Trojan's total team RBIs.
Right fielder Colton Vest also had a productive and eventful night in the outfield as he made several crucial outs that held the Spartan bats in check. Vest even had an "ESPN Top 10" moment when, in the sixth inning, Spartan lead off batter Bryce Moats hit a fly ball into shallow right field that appeared would drop fair in the gap behind first base. Vest came charging in from his position in right field and expertly grabbed the out while sliding under the fly ball. Vest also had a good night at the plate with four at bats, two hits, one run and one RBI.
The Trojans continue their late season surge as they have now won seven of their last eight games with a season record of 16-11. After their final conference showdown at home against East Marshall on Thursday July 10, the Trojans hit the road to face perennial rival Grinnell on Friday July 11. The regular season comes to a close the following week with games against Newton and future WaMaC conference opponent, Clear Creek-Amana.
SOFTBALL - The Trojan softball team also took on the Grundy Center Spartans (4-22) with the Trojans bringing home an 11-0 victory on Thursday.
Leading scorers for the Trojans, with two runs apiece, were Tori Appelgate, Hailee Weiss, and Dani Stubbs. Out of Stubbs's four times at bat she was also able to add three RBI's to her stats. Senior Trisha Walz also saw four at bats earning two hits, one run and led the team with four RBIs.
Sam Holtz pitched all five innings of the Trojan's truncated victory on Thursday. The senior hurler gave up no earned runs, walked just one Spartan batter and threw two strikeouts. Holtz appeared more excited about her offensive achievement in the game as she hit her third homerun of the season. As she hit home base she yelled out, "That was for you grandma!" to her grandma who made a surprise trip to help support her home run hitting granddaughter.
Holtz will be attending Wartburg College in the fall and will join their track and field team to throw shot put. She won't be alone though as Walz will also be attending Wartburg. While Walz will be on the volleyball team Holtz stated they will still be there to support one another. "It will be good to have that family aspect," said Holtz.