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South Tama season ends in Williamsburg

July 19, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Another season has come to an end for the South Tama Trojan softball team. STC travelled to Williamsburg on Wednesday, July 10 for the first round of girls Regionals play. After seven innings Williamsburg captured an 8-1 victory over the Trojans.

Despite the loss there were some strong highlights for the Trojans in the post season game. The first being that the Trojans lasted all seven innings against a team that during a double header earlier in the season the 10-run rule was enacted in both games. Williamsburg had defeated STC 15-0 and 14-0 at the end of June. Coach Chelsea Ahrens was quite pleased with the effort the Trojans put forward against a familiar opponent.

"We played so much better. The first time we played them we had a totally different lineup. We had a different look out there. They've (Williamsburg) have come so far too. I think their coach is in his third year. They used to be towards the bottom of the WaMaC so they've come a long ways. They're really young. They've done a nice job," said Ahrens.

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South Tama’s Enriqueta Wanatee-Diego throws in the ball from left field on Wednesday, July 10 in Williamsburg.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

The Trojans started off the night strong on offense. A first inning bunt by STC's pitcher Ashlynn Ellenbecker landed her on base. After stealing both second and third base she was brought home while Jordyn Cremeans was at the plate. Cremeans landed on first after a passed ball at home plate and Ellenbecker ran from third to home for the Trojans only run of the night.

On the defensive end STC pitcher Ashlynn Ellenbecker threw a quick three and out in the bottom of the first inning. It was in the second inning that Williamsburg got their bats swinging. The offensive production by the Raiders resulted in seven runs scored.

Once back on offense the Trojans faced some impressive pitching by Peyton Driscoll. She threw for all seven innings allowing four hits, one run, walking one and striking out 17. She will be entering her freshman year at Williamsburg which makes her an eighth grader currently. She has helped her team to win the WaMaC west this year and will definitely be one to watch in the coming years.

"We played great. This is a team that besides a few blunders in the second inning it's kind of been our story all season. I was glad to see we played with such energy and enthusiasm and confidence to end the year kind of finishing on a peak. I wish it would have ended maybe like 4-1 but I'm really proud of the effort put forth especially after getting beat really bad on Saturday and not having a lot of effort. To see how much fun they were having. That first inning we kind of shocked them a little bit. We got our first runner on, we got her to score, we had opportunities to have a few more so it's fun. There's been times this year where maybe it hasn't been fun so it was good to see our hard work pay off," said Ahrens.

Coming into a game where they knew what to expect out of their opponent helped the Trojans pinpoint what to work on.

"What we worked on was execution on defense. We had two days of practice. We talked a lot about limiting the strikeouts and executing on defense and we did that at times. We are so young. We have only three people who are back on the same position as last year," said Ahrens.

Ahrens makes a solid point as 13 of the 17 on the roster this season were underclassman. The youth of the team gives the Trojans an opportunity to build the program in the coming seasons.

Before we look to next year, it's important to pay tribute to who won't be returning next summer. Season endings are always bittersweet as Wednesday's game marked the last official time senior Enriqueta Wanatee-Diego would wear a Trojan uniform. Queta graduated in May and will be attending the University of Oregon in the fall. Wanatee-Diego had some nice moments in left field snagging mulitple pop flys for outs to end her high school career.

"Queta is a great kid. She is one of those kids that gets along with everyone. She's not only a great teammate she's so coachable. She has fun. Everyone loves this girl. She works her tail off and leads by example. What a great kid for our community and school. We are going to miss her for sure," said Ahrens.



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