TRAER - The Trojan softball team paid a visit to our friends from the north to take on the North Tama Redhawks on Monday July 7 for a non-conference game.
The game started fairly evenly with both the Trojans and the Redhawks surrendering two runs apiece in the first inning.
Going scoreless in the second and third, it took until the sixth inning for the Trojans to really seal the deal. But once they did there was no looking back. The first two Trojans up to bat in the sixth were Kallie Halla and Tori Appelgate. Halla flew out for the first out and Applegate grounded out to the second baseman for another out. This brought up Belle Tyynismaa and some Trojan determination as they rallied with two outs and runners on. Tyynismaa, a bunting specialist, tapped a bunt single that gave the Trojans a runner on base and also the confidence they would need to keep the train rolling.
Sam Holtz is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting her fourth home run of the season.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
With Tyynismaa at first Sam Holtz came up to bat. On the fourth pitch from starting Redhawk pitcher Tessa Dvorak, Holtz hit a fly ball that sailed beautifully just over the edge of the fence near centerfield for what would be her fourth (and ultimately final) homerun as a Trojan. Holtz was three for five from the plate, scoring one run and also led the team in RBIs with four.
The Trojans weren't done there though as Dani Stubbs kept the inning alive by immediately hitting a fly ball for a single. Hailee Weiss was up next and was on her toes as she reached first after a dropped third strike, which advanced Stubbs to second. Stubbs and Weiss were then brought around to score off of a hard hit fly ball by Trisha Walz. Second baseman Madison Baack would ultimately be stranded on first but brought home Walz after hitting a pop up for a single. Walz finished her regular season off nicely, going two for three at the plate with two runs and two RBIs.
Putting one more on the board in the top of the seventh the Trojans ended the game with 10-2 victory over the Redhawks.
Defensively, Sam Holtz led the Trojans from the circle and did a nice job particularly in the second half of the game. Holtz threw a quick three outs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Redhawks were held to just five hits in seven innings with no earned runs. Holtz threw five strikeouts and walked just one batter. The senior Holtz ended her high school career with a pitching record of 8-10 and a combined ERA of 4.73. While some games were better than others for the soon to be Wartburg Knight, she came on strong in the latter half of the season and led the Trojans to some quality wins.