The South Tama Trojans got their 11th win of the season on Thursday June 26 as they vie for the top spot in the NICL west. Thursday's conference matchup was originally scheduled to be played in State Center but was moved to STC's field due to heavy rains that left West Marshall's field immersed in water. Though the game took place in Toledo, the West Marshall Trojans took the field as the home team in what would be the second matchup between the two teams.
At the beginning of the season the STC Trojans had their sights set on a conference title according to head coach Seth Koch. Before the "Battle of the Trojans", South Tama had been looming around the fourth place spot in the NICL west conference. This game would help to determine who is going to finish in the top three spots of the NICL west. With just six conference games remaining a win in this game would be crucial.
Colson Frakes was the starting pitcher for South Tama while Garrett Nichols took to the mound for West Marshall. "Colson Frakes pitched his best game of the season holding West Marshall to only two runs over six innings. In fact, Colson had a no-hitter going into the 4th inning. He did a nice job keeping hitters off balance and shutting down West Marshall's running game," said Koch.
Dalton Doyle and Kolton Smith “congratulate” each other after Doyle led the Trojans defense to his first save of the season.
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South Tama scored a run in each of the first three innings for a total of three unanswered runs. "Offensively Kolton Smith led off the game with a home run to spark the offense. Bailey Chyma came up with a big two out hit to drive in a run in the 2nd inning, and then Grant Koch followed that up with an RBI single in the 3rd inning to put the Trojans up 3-0," said Koch.
West Marshall was able to get their bats swinging in the fifth inning for two runs bringing a little flicker of hope to the Trojans from the west. STC was able to hang in though as Dalton Doyle came in to relieve Frakes in the sixth inning. Doyle and the STC defense held the Trojans in check as Doyle earned his first save of the season.
"Defensively we didn't commit any errors, turned a double play and picked a runner off first base after West Marshall had scored two runs to pull within a run at 3-2."
All in all Koch stated, "A really well played baseball game by both teams. Good pitching, good defense, and timely hitting."