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South Hardin Tigers edge past STC Trojans

June 28, 2017
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Trojans hosted South Hardin on June 22 for a non-conference contest. STC was looking for a win and quite frankly they needed one just for the sake of team moral. But the Trojans would walk away once again disappointed. The South Hardin Tigers edged out the Trojans with a narrow 3-2 victory.

By some standards this was a very winnable game for the Trojans. South Hardin has won just four games this season and is a smaller Class 2A school. One can argue that the Trojans are playing a different level of competition than the Tigers. South Tama has come up against some of the top 3A and 4A teams in the State just in the conference schedule alone. It's no secret that the WaMaC is a tough conference for the Trojans to be in.

Thursday marked the 6th and 7th consecutive games for the Trojans. They had been at Williamsburg Monday night, hosted Grinnell Tuesday and also hosted Clear Creek-Amana on Wednesday. Four of those games were conference double headers in which the Trojans conceded defeat by the mercy rule in three out of the four. Thursday was a hot, humid evening and the girls had to be tired and one can imagine a bit down after getting beat all week.

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STC’s Allison Yuska tries for an out at second base during South Tama’s contest with South Hardin on Thursday, June 22. The Tigers defeated STC 3-2.
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But the show must go on, right? They had a game to play. The Tigers got on the board in the first inning but the Trojans were able to respond. Allison Yuska started the Trojans with a bunt which got her on first base. Maci Fritz was walked and during her at bat, Yuska stole second. Sabrina Holtz smacked the ball to outfield which allowed both Yuska and Fritz to score, giving the Trojans a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, that was the only offensive production for the night. The girls had one other opportunity in the bottom of the second inning but left a runner stranded. Jaelin Berger got on base with a hit to right field. Abby Sandvick and Abby Parizek both hit sacrifice bunts to move Berger around. But that also burned through two outs. That brought up lead-off hitter, Allison Yuska who struck out to end the inning.

Ashlynn Ellenbecker got her 15th start of the season and took the loss, but gave up only one walk and tallied a season high six strikeouts.

The Trojans have another full week of competition as the season is quickly winding to a close. STC hosted a Marion doubleheader on Monday, they also hosted Belle Plaine for a single varsity game on Tuesday before travelling to Independence on Wednesday and Central City on Friday.



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