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South Tama baseball celebrates Senior Night

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

As the 2019 baseball year creeps closer to the post season, it's time to celebrate the outgoing seniors. South Tama honored five seniors along with their families in front of a home crowd on Friday, July 12. The 2019 class was the largest group of seniors STC baseball has seen since 2013. This year the Trojans had a very dedicated group of seniors, all who have contributed at the varsity level for several seasons. Seniors recognized included Carter Kriegel, Cameron Klostermann, Cael Kellogg, Jackson Beltz and Lucas Wilkerson.

Following the Senior Night festivities there was a game to play! The Trojans (14-21) hosted Grinnell (22-10) for a non-conference contest. Unfortunately for those seniors the celebrations were mostly kept before the opening pitch as the Trojans fell to the Tigers 5-0. Despite the outcome, it was a special evening for a special group of boys.

STC Head Coach Seth Koch commented on the night saying, "It was a tough night for our seniors to play their last home game against a quality opponent like Grinnell and a tough arm in Jayden Gibson. However, I'm very proud of the way our five seniors battled tonight and for their years of commitment representing South Tama baseball."

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South Tama baseball parents and players on the field stand behind the seniors corresponding jersey number for Senior Night on Friday, July 12. Senior families pictured (l-r): Jason Kriegel, Carter Kriegel, Lisa Kriegel, Ashlynn Kriegel, Ron Klostermann, Cameron Klostermann, Teresa Klostermann, Cassandra Klostermann, Jimmy Beltz, Jackson Beltz, Linda Beltz, Heath Kellogg, Cael Kellogg, Lana Kellogg, Kathy Wilkerson, Lucas Wilkerson and Lon Wilkerson.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

Pitching for the Trojans was sophomore Matt Wiese. Wiese threw for six innings allowing seven hits, five runs three of which were earned, walking two and striking out two. He was relieved in the final inning by sophomore Gavin Jimenez.

The Trojans closed the night with four hits. Kriegel led with two and Beltz and Brayden Smith each had one.

Pitching for Grinnell was senior ace Jayden Gibson. He allowed just two hits, one walk and struck out 14, tying a season high mark. The senior right-hander was a 2018 All-State pitcher and is headed to Western Illinois University next season to pitch for the Leathernecks. Gibson along with STC's Kellogg have been fixtures in the Grinnell-South Tama rivalry as they both have been in the starting lineup for their teams since their eighth grade year (both primarily as a catcher or pitcher). Gibson holds a 3-0 record on the mound against STC, having captured two previous wins in the 2016 season.

The Trojans were anticipating one final home game following the matchup against Grinnell but inclement weather forced a cancellation of their regular season finale which was orginally scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 at home against Newton.

South Tama finishes the regular season with 14 wins, the same total from 2018. They will finish tied with Clear Creek-Amana for second in the WaMaC West behind Center Point-Urbana. One highlight of the regular season for STC?was capturing two wins against a Clear Creek-Amana team that had held an 11 game winning streak over South Tama dating back to 2013. The Trojans will march into the post-season looking for their first playoff win since a 9-3 upset victory against Grinnell in 2010.

STC will travel to Marion tonight (Friday, July 19) where they will take on Bondurant-Farrar (11-15). Start time is 5 p.m. The winner of Friday's game will take on either Newton or 4th ranked Marion on Monday, July 22.



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