The STC Trojan Baseball team celebrated another season at the annual baseball banquet on Sunday August 3 at the STC Elementary School.
The Trojans were coached by Head Coach Seth Koch and assisted by Taylor Nitz. After graduating seven seniors in 2013, the Trojans knew it would be a rebuilding year but Koch had confidence in his team. Even after several injuries forced a number of eighth grade players into varsity roles, the team came together and played some excellent baseball. As could be expected the Trojans had some challenges early in the season and after 12 games and what Koch referred to as a lot of inexperience, the team stood at 4-8.
Looking at the positives, the Trojans had won some games but were hungry for more. It took a really off night in Conrad followed by a team meeting the next day to get the Trojans back on track. They went on to win four games in a row, playing some of the best baseball they played all season.
NICL Academic Achievement for having a GPA of 3.3 or above went to Dalton Doyle (left) and Kolton Smith (right).
The team had a bit of a rough ending to the season according to Koch, but against several quality opponents including East Marshall, Grinnell and Clear Creek-Amana. The Trojans finished their regular season at .500 (16-16) and fourth in the NICL west behind East Marshall (26-8), Gladbrook-Reinbeck (21-10) and West Marshall (19-14).
Despite a rocky ending the Trojans have won a total of 51 games in the last three seasons, which Koch is happy with. Next season will be a season of change for the Trojans as they head back to the WaMaC conference. For a seasoned coach like Koch new conferences and new opponents are nothing new. When he started coaching 10 years ago the Trojans were in the WaMaC conference and have since come full circle, going through the Little Hawkeye Conference and most recently the NICL West Conference. Koch recognized that the WaMaC is traditionally a strong baseball conference but feels that if his team puts the work in they will be able to compete.