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Williamsburg bests South Tama in double header

June 26, 2017
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

By Allison Graham

Sports Editor

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Right - Kaiden Buffalo throws out a pitch in game one of the South Tama, Williamsburg contest on Monday, June 19. The Raiders won both games of the double header.
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The Williamsburg Raiders snagged both games in a doubleheader against South Tama on Monday, June 19.

The Trojans travelled to Raider Stadium where they met up with their WaMaC West conference opponent. The Trojans have continued to struggle throughout the middle portion of the season. Most of that struggle is stemming from the pitcher's mound. STC has a handful of boys who can throw strikes but what they are lacking is consistency. Add in the new pitch count rules that came into play this season, and the Trojans are just trying to find some sort of rhythm that will work.

The strife they are experiencing was evident in Monday's contest with the Raiders. Starting for the Trojans was junior Rian Simpson. He has seen success from the mound this season but Monday just wasn't his night. He lasted just two innings, throwing 61 pitches. Simpson gave up three hits, eight runs and walked four batters. Relieving him was Kaiden Buffalo. Buffalo pitched for 3 and 2/3 innings racking up 60 pitches. He allowed three hits, one run, had one error and walked two batters. Closing out game one for the Trojans was sophomore Cam Klostermann. He had seven pitches and allowed no hits, runs or walks.

The Trojans had some nice moments on defense during the first game. Both Buffalo and Klostermann were able to hold the Raiders lineup from scoring more runs with the exception of one in the 6th inning.

But the Raiders had already gathered their momentum from the eight runs scored in the second inning. The Trojans put up two runs in the second inning. Klostermann had one hit and Carter Kriegel and Buffalo each recorded RBI's. Despite their efforts, that was the only offensive production for the Trojans in game one. The Raiders took the 9-2 win.

In game two the Trojans got off to a positive start. Cam Klostermann was walked by starting pitcher Josh Holub who was making his second start of the season after sitting out several weeks with a broken arm. Klostermann stole second and that set up Lane Koch for a double into center field. Koch's double drove in Klostermann and the Trojans got on the board early.

The first inning was the offensive highlight of the game for the Trojans. After Williamsburg put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning things began to fizzle out for STC. The Raiders added to their run total in the second, third and fourth totaling 12 runs before the 10-run rule was implemented. Williamsburg took game two 12-1.

The Trojans will be home next week for games against Marion on Monday, Epworth, Western Dubuque on Wednesday and Maquoketa on Friday.



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