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Trojans lose but show improvement in non-conference contest

June 13, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Improvement was the key takeaway for the Trojan softball team when they travelled to Brooklyn to take on the BGM Bears on Thursday, June 7. The Trojans (1-9) suffered their ninth loss of the season, falling 8-2 to the Bears (8-4) in the non-conference matchup.

The Trojans showed strides not only within the last week but also from last season. Last season's meeting between the two teams resulted in a 10-run rule win for the Bears, 13-1. The pitching staff was similar. Ashlynn Ellenbecker started the 2017 matchup pitching for four innings and was relieved for an inning by Britney Breya. Kelsey Lint took the 2017 win for the Bears pitching 5 innings allowing three hits, one run, one error, walked one and struck out eight.

Ashlynn Ellenbecker took the loss again for the Trojans. She went for six innings allowing eight hits, eight runs, one error, one walk and three strikeouts.

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BGM’s Maddie Jansan (2) was ruled safe at 2nd despite the efforts by STC short stop Gwen Upah (10). The Trojans travelled to Brooklyn for a contest with the Bears on Thursday, June 7 and fell 8-2.

Just like in 2017, Lint took the win for the Bears. She pitched all seven innings allowing two hits, two runs, no errors, three walks and 13 strikeouts. Lint has been a workhorse for the Bears since her freshman year. She is now heading into her junior year.

"We struggled with the pitching. Lint was probably one of the better pitchers we've seen this season. She's deceptively fast because she takes a slower pre-pitch motion and we struggled with that. We knew that going in because we've seen her for the last four years. She's very strong," said Chelsea Ahrens

Lint is a solid pitcher and is in the top 10 in Class 1A. She's already pitched for 59 innings this season and has struck out 86 batters while keeping a decent error percentage at 1.17.

Despite the loss, the Trojans showed improvement from earlier in the week. Ahrens was pleased with their execution on the defensive end.

"We played much better than we did Monday night," said Ahrens, "We played much better defensively. I can think of two or three errors that weren't as costly. There were more hits and earned runs tonight though."

Incoming freshman Gwen Upah stepped into the role of short stop and she did a nice job according to Ahrens.

While the Trojans execution was much improved from earlier in the week, the Trojans remain timid on defense.

"They are afraid they are going to have a bad throw. But I think they are gaining more confidence. It seems like we played forever ago on Monday. We had the rainout last night and then had practice on Tuesday. It was good to come back after a couple of days and get in the groove. The heat today was tough but I was encouraged with the results," said Ahrens.

The Trojans were able to get on the board in the top of the 7th. Morgan Haughey got a hit out to right field that brought in Saylor Upah and Kenze Smith for two runs.

The team will be at Beckman this evening, Wednesday, June 13 for JV/Varsity games.



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