South Tama sees ups and downs on the diamond

South Tama junior Jacob Collison aims a pitch during STC’s non-conference matchup against Gladbrook-Reinbeck on June 7. Collison is one among a deep rotation for South Tama including senior aces Mickey Wanatee and Matt Wiese. Collison leads the team with a 3-0 pitching recording including an eight-strikeout performance against the Rebels. Darvin Graham/News Chronicle

The STC baseball team broke a four-game losing streak late last week with a 9-5 win over Prairie City-Monroe on the road June 4.

The Trojans earlier dropped losses to Beckman Catholic, Union Community and Center Point-Urbana before meeting up with the PCM Mustangs.

Senior Mickey Wanatee threw six strong innings, striking out 15 batters while the Trojans bats filled up the score sheet with each batter recording a hit.

“Defensively we could have been better,” head coach Seth Koch said. “We had opportunities to help out our pitchers and were unable to execute. It’s early in the season and these are things which can easily be corrected.”

Earlier this week South Tama recorded an 11-1 win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck and took a 4-0 loss to a strong Pella team on the road.

Jacob Collison got the win Monday over G-R with eight strikeouts, while Gavin Jimenez and Logan Schmidt each had two hits and three RBIs apiece.

“Monday was one of our best nights defensively as we committed no errors and were able to shut down Gladbrook’s running game,” Koch said.

In Pella, the Dutch tagged South Tama with four runs early and the Trojans weren’t able to respond, taking their fifth loss of the season.

Keagan Miedema pitched a gem for Pella, allowing no walks and five hits across all seven innings with 10 strikeouts.

South Tama will be on the road Thursday for a doubleheader at West Delaware and will finish the week Friday at home against Williamsburg.

STC SOFTBALL WINLESS | The South Tama varsity softball team has had a rough start to their season with an 0-11 record as of June 8. Only one game, a 8-5 loss to Beckman Catholic has ended in single digit margins. Senior Ashlynn Ellenbecker leads the team with 11 hits, four home runs, as well as 40 strikeouts as the Trojans fifth-year starting pitcher. South Tama will finish their week with a doubleheader at West Delaware Wednesday, a home game against BGM Thursday and an away game Friday at Aplington-Parkersburg. Pictured is freshman shortstop Millie Mathes-Henle during South Tama’s home game against PCM on June 4. The Trojans took the loss against the Mustangs 11-0 with Mathes-Henle, Ellenbecker and Ashleigh Finch recording the team’s only hits. Allison Graham/News Chronicle ..............................000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 Photo provided