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Trojans drop two to Bobcats in double header

June 4, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It was a tough night for the Trojans but Coach Chelsea Ahrens recognizes that it's also early in the season. South Tama travelled to Benton for a WaMaC Conference double header on Tuesday, May 29. The Trojans fell to the Bobcats in both games 12-0 and 10-0.

"We talked a lot about this season coming into every game not thinking about the past. Not thinking well they 10 runned us last year or the 12 runned us, oh they're good. Every game is a new game and we are not going to come into the game with the mentality of that we are already beat. We want to come in with the mentality that we are going to give it everything we've got," said Ahrens.

Getting the game one start was Ashlynn Ellenbecker. Ellenbecker pitched for 2 1/3 innings allowing 10 hits, 12 runs and one error. She walked just three and also had three strikeouts.

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STC’s Britney Breya pitched game two of a double header on Tuesday, May 29. The Trojans fell to Benton 12-0 and 10-0.
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Positive takeways from game one were that Abbie Parizek recorded a double and Jaelin Berger recorded a single.

"I think for the most part we've done that (referring to mentality). Then we will have a bad inning but I think the bad innings are still better than some cases they were in the years past but it's maybe hard to see that as a spectator."

Despite the losses Ahrens is pleased with the Trojans effort. "It's the beginning. We've only had two nights of softball. I feel like our effort is there 100%. We are upset about the way things are going. We're not satisfied. We're hungry to do better. So that's a good sign."

The Trojans have been dealing with some injuries to start off the season which has held some players out. Tuesday's game was the first for catcher Dalaynee Henle as well as Gwen Upah.

"I like our effort. We keep talking about the positives and work on the execution," said Ahrens.

In game two Saylor Upah had a hit that landed her on base. Brittney Breya also had a hit as well as Taylor Lekin.

"We need to string a couple more hits together," said Ahrens, "how can we string hits together or move runners successfully in other ways. We know we aren't going to score a lot of runs. We've got to keep things close within five runs. Keeping things close and that type of thing. I look for our seniors to do those things. They've seen a lot of pitching and they know. They've been through it and usually a senior has a good year hitting.

The Trojans lasted through four innings in game two. Breya got the start allowing 11 hits and 10 runs.

The Trojans will be home for another conference game hosting Vinton on Monday, June 4.



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