Monday night STC hosted the Pella Christian Eagles for a JV/Varsity double header. The temperature was near 100 degrees with a slight wind that helped move around the air and lots of sunshine. STC played three games in a tournament on Saturday at Hudson. STC played Dike-New Hartford loosing 8 to 3. The next game was closer with Nashua Plainfield coming up with the win with the score 8 to 6. The final game was with Dunkerton and the final score was Dunkerton 9 and STC 5.
In the JV contest, Pella Christian won the game 11 -4. Starting for STC was Kourtne Smith pitcher, Riley Craun – catcher, Sam Magpie – first base, Julie Weis – second base, Naomi Hoskey – third base, Catie Collins – shortstop, Trisha Walz – left field, Madison Baack – center, and Tori Appelgate – right field. Jade Rohach, Katelyn Behounek and Hailee Weiss also saw playing time in the JV game.
Pella Christian’s line up for the JV game included: Taylor Hartson – pitcher, Veronica Francis – catcher, Jaynee Van Der Weerdhof – first base, Cara Turner – second base, Shannon Fynhaardt – third base, Lauren Jungling – shortstop, Amber Sneller – left field, Paige Engbers – center field, and Brianna Terpstra – right field.
If we could pick and choose which innings to keep we could take the first and the fifth innings Monday evening and STC JV wins the game with a score of 4-0. But Pella Christian had a lot to say during the second, third, and fourth innings that caused havoc with the scoring. Pella Christian JV won the game 11 – 4.
In the top of the first , Pella Christian was three up and three down. STC was able to get Riley Craun on base with a walk and Samantha Magpie hit a single over second base which allowed Craun to score. STC got a big hit from Rohach slamming a triple to right field which allowed Magpie over home plate. The first inning ended with STC leading 2-0.
Pella Christian had five runs in the second inning on four hits and three walks to make the score PC 5 and STC 2. The five run inning rule was used and STC came up to bat. STC had one hit by Behounek in the bottom of the second and left three on base to end the inning.
South Tama had a pitching change with Julie Weis relieving Smith in the third inning. Pella Christian scored four more times in the third inning on only one hit by Jingling. STC committed four errors. Weiss and Rohach each had singles in the bottom of the third but left two runners on base to end the inning with the score PC 9–STC 2.
Two more runs were put on the board when Pella Christian was able to get Fynhaardt, Turner, Jingling, Francis, Pleima, Veenstra on base with STC committing two errors. PC had two hits and three walks in the fourth inning. STC was unable to get the bats going in the fourth inning and left Appelgate on base after she had made it to 1st base on a throwing error from third base.
Pella Christian was unable to score in the fifth inning. STC’s Behounek made it to first on a bunt and Hailee Weiss had a stand up triple which allowed Behounek to score making the score PC 11 and STC 3. Catie Collins connected for a single bringing Weiss home to end the scoring for the game with the final score Pella Christian 11 and STC 4.
According to the Chronicle stats Pella Christian had 11 runs, eight hits and committed two errors. South Tama had four runs, seven hits and committed seven errors and left eight on base.
STC Varsity Vs. Pella Christian
The second game of the evening got underway at 7:45 on Monday evening at the Trojan Softball Complex. Starting for the STC Varsity were: Jenn Maus – pitcher, Madison Baack – catcher, Trisha Walz – first base, Kourtne Smith – second base, Katelyn Behounek – third base, Hailee Weiss – shortstop, Samantha Magpie – left field, Jade Rohack – center field, and Tori Appelgate – right field.
Pella Christian’s line up included: Paige Blom – pitcher, Tessa Houerzyl – catcher, Sammy Veenstra – first base, Morgan Blom – second base, Taylor Stursma – third base, Ashley ma – third base, Ashley Von Kooten – shortstop, Maria Worthington – left field, Shelby Weaver – center field India Sarver – right field, and designated player Jenna Roose.
STC had three errors in the first inning which allowed Pella Christian to score three runs. In the bottom of the first STC answered with a run by Behounek when Smith hit a ball to left field.
The second inning started out with Sarver hitting a ball to Behounek and she was out at first. Houerzyl then hit a single over first base, Weaver was called out at first and Morgan Blom hit a ball to center field and PC scored. The inning continued with Van Kooten hitting a double to center and Blom scored to end the scoring at 5–1. STC was three up and three down in the bottom of the second.
The third inning was a big zero with three up and three down for both teams.
STC’s defense started out strong in the top of the fourth with Maus striking out Sarver and Walz getting an out at first on Houerzyl. Weaver bunted and got to first and then after an STC error Weaver was able to score before a throw to first to put Blom out.
Maus had a double to start the bottom of the fourth but was unable to score with Rohach, Weiss, and Magpie all being put out.
Pella Christian had three hits in the top of the fifth and scored two more points. STC was unable to get the offense going and the score was PC 8 and STC 1.
Maus got one of her four strike outs for the game in the sixth inning. Pella Christian got two hits and one run. In the bottom of the sixth inning, STC appeared to be showing a rally. Appelgate got to first on a bunt, Smith walked, and Maus hit a double to center field to score Appelgate. Smith moved to third. Rohach had a sacrifice hit to score Smith. The inning ended with the score PC 9–STC 3.
The top of the seventh inning was a good defensive inning for STC with no hits, no runs and no errors. STC was unable to score in the bottom of the 7th and the game ended with Pella Christian winning 9–3.
STC’s record is 1-7 and Pella Christian goes to 6-2. STC traveled to Montezuma on Tuesday, June 7 and defeated the Bravettes 10–2. STC will host Norwalk June 10 at Trojan field at 6 p.m. with the JV game followed by the varsity.
STC’s Samantha Magpie watches as this pitch goes by on the outside for a ball in the varsity game with Pella Christian. Chronicel/Anita Townsley