South Tama's baseball team lost a pair of contests last week before Friday night's contest against West Marshall.
On Wednesday, the Trojans headed to Lisbon, but lost the game 4-3, despite a solid pitching performance from STC junior Nate Hala.
"It was a good ball game," Koch said. "Nate Hala threw well enough to win. Nate pitched a really good ballgame for his first start of the season. With the weather, we've had trouble getting guys on the mound. Nate came in and threw well enough to win and deserved to win the game, but we had some unearned runs."
Hala pitched five innings and gave up six hits, four earned runs and four walks. He also struck out three batters. He gave up zero runs after the third inning.
South Tama took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Dalton Doyle, Hala and freshman Justin Suchanek, who ran for senior Noah Bearden), scored for STC. Lisbon responded with two runs in each of the second and third innings.
"We had a chance to tie the game," Koch said. "Grant leads off the top of the seventh with a double and we bunt him over to third. With one out, we have our five and six guys up and we can't him pushed across. So we came up a little bit short there."
South Tama also jumped to a 2-0 lead against Grinnell at home on Thursday night. However, the Tigers controlled the game after the second inning as they outscored STC 9-1. The Tigers scored five runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and two in the seventh.
"Last night, Clay Waterbury got his first start," Koch said. "He was a little rusty and you could tell he wasn't really sharp. He didn't have his best stuff. Give Grinnell credit, because they came out stung the ball, put it in play and made things happen."
Last Tuesday, the Trojans played at AGSWR and had their first game of the week suspended because of weather. The Trojans led 3-0 before the Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. STC broke it open in the eighth inning with four runs. However, the Cougars scored one run and had bases loaded before the game was called for the night.
"Fortunately we have a 7-4 lead with an out, but they have the bases loaded," Koch said. "We kind of wasted a pitching performance by Grant. He went six innings and struck out 10. He walks the leadoff man in the 7th and he was at 95 pitches so we went out and got him. Kole (Smith) came in and got the next two guys. Then it's an 0-2 count and a guy gets a hit. Then the next guy gets a hit. The next thing you know the bases are loaded. All of a sudden, we can't pick up the ball and throw it across. We make an error at shortstop and the game is tied."
The game will finish on June 28 when AGWSR visits South Tama.