NEWTON - The Newton Cardinals (14-19) came on strong in the back half of play against the Trojans on Tuesday July 15 for an 11-1 victory in six innings.
Starting pitcher for the Trojans was senior Kolton Smith. This would be the third start for Smith who will be attending Kirkwood in the fall and playing baseball. He can normally be found behind home plate serving as the catcher.
Tuesday's win went to Newton senior Derek Wrage who pitched five innings for the Cardinals giving up just one run with no earned runs. Wrage was relieved by Jordan Travis for the final inning. Travis gave up no hits or runs and walked one batter.
Damon Whitebreast came in as pitcher to relieve Kolton Smith on July 15 when the Trojans travelled to Newton to take on the Cardinals.
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Smith and the Trojan defense started off strong in the first four innings, holding the Cardinals to just one run scored (Travis) in the second inning. While on offense, STC was able to sneak in one run in the fourth inning. Colson Frakes led off the top of the fourth with a line drive single. While the next batter, Grant Koch, would ground out to first, the sacrifice hit was enough to move Frakes to third base. Starting catcher Dalton Doyle then brought Frakes in to score with a shallow fly ball that was good enough for a RBI single.
The Trojans went back on the defense in the bottom of the fifth inning with the score tied at 1-1. It was anyone's game as the Cardinal's ninth batter, Bryce Tish, stepped to the plate. Tish hit a line drive single, which set up the Cardinals for what was to come. Tish stole second on Smith's fourth throw and advanced to third after a wild pitch. Chandler Sturtz was then walked to first. With Tish on third and Sturtz on first, Tyler Wood hit a fly ball for a double bringing home Tish and advancing Sturtz to third. The momentum continued to shift in favor of the Cardinals. Wood followed by Wrage, Evan Shimon, and Travis would all come around to score in what would be a huge, six-run inning.
Coach Seth Koch made a pitching change after the six runs scored bringing in Damon Whitebreast for Smith. It turned out to be too little too late for the Trojans as the Cardinals were able to put up four more runs in the sixth inning ending the game early with the 10-run rule.
South Tama finished out their regular season at .500 with a record of 16-16.