ELDORA - South Tama County's baseball team didn't need a powerful offensive output to score 16 runs and end its two-game slide in the North Iowa Cedar League West Division standings.
After two tough losses to East Marshall that ended the Trojans' unbeaten NICL record, they bounced back with the GMG Tournament title on Saturday before smashing South Hardin on Tuesday. Defeating the Tigers 16-0 got the Trojans back on the winning track in the conference.
"We kind of let a couple get away from us against East Marshall last week," coach Seth Koch said. "It was nice to bounce back tonight and get a win."
South Tama recorded nine hits Tuesday during its 16-run offensive output. Sophomore Grant Koch led the Trojans with three hits and six RBIs. Freshman Colson Frakes was the only other Trojan with more than one hit, as he earned two hits and three RBIs.
South Hardin walked 10 Trojan batters and hit the Trojans six times, including pelting junior Kolton Smith, who has been hit more than a dozen times this season, twice on consecutive at-bats.
"We took advantages of the situations on the bases tonight," Koch said. "There were a lot of walks. We were very disciplined at the plate and we got hit a few times. We ran the bases well. It was one of those games where you take what they give you and we did. It is what it is. When you score 16 runs, you think you would be pretty successful."
South Tama scored one in the first inning before loading the bases with just one out. However, STC struck out twice to end the inning. The Trojans responded in the next two innings.
They added six runs in the second to blow the game open. Then they exploded for eight runs in the third inning and one in the fourth inning to end the game on a 15-run rule.
Smith led the Trojans with four runs on the night. Seniors Kaleb Davenport and Tank Keckler, and Koch each scored twice. Senior Sam Kuhter, junior Nate Hala and Frakes also scored once for the Trojans. Freshmen Bailey Chyma and Justin Suchanek also added one and two runs, respectively, as they pinch ran.
"We kind of stumbled in the first inning and I kind of got on them a bit," Koch said. "We loaded the bases up with one out and only got one run pushed across. We don't score anymore. We have two seniors at the plate and they go down looking. That can't happen. At this point in the season, we have to be aggressively offensively, put the ball in play and put some pressure on the defense. So we kind of jumped on them a bit, but give them credit because they responded. They came back and scored six in the second and a few more in the third."
Sophomore Dalton Doyle shut down the Tigers on the mound. In four innings of action, he struck out five batters and gave up only two hits, while walking none.
On Saturday, the Trojans started the day by defeating GMG 12-1. Hala started the game on the mound and controlled the action. He gave up one hit and three walks, while striking out seven batters.
Keckler led the Trojans at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a double and five RBIs. Koch had two hits and two RBIs for the Trojans. Doyle and senior Noah Bearden each hit a double in the game.
"Nate Hala went out and pitched a strong five innings for us," Koch said. "Tank had a big day at the plate. He really hit the ball well. We had some other guys with a couple of hits."
In the championship game, South Tama beat HLV 10-4 after jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Frakes got the win for the Trojans.
"Colson Frakes went out and got himself a win," Koch said. "He threw the ball really well for five innings."