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Trojans split with West Delaware, win game 2

June 20, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama split a double header with West Delaware on Wednesday, June 13. The games were a makeup from the week before due to being rained out. West Delaware earned the first win 9-2. The Trojans came back from the loss to top the Hawks 8-5 in game two.

"Very happy with getting a split with a tough West Delaware team," said Seth Koch.

Game one picked up in the top of the third inning with Mickey Wanatee continuing his start. Wanatee struggled to find a rhythm on the mound and went for just 2 1/3 innings. Wanatee took the loss allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, had 2 errors, walked 4 and struck out 3. Lucas Wilkerson relieved Wanatee and pitched the remainder of game one allowing 6 hits, 6 runs, 3 errors, walked 6 and struck out 3.

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Lane to Lane
STC Lane Lekin throws to first baseman Lane Koch for an out. STC split a double header with West Delaware on Wednesday, June 13.
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West Delaware was first on the board with a single in the second inning. Kyle Cole hit a single on a full count, scoring one run. The Hawks really got their offense going in the 5th inning. Dylan Linderwell, Trevor O'Reilly, Dunston Werner, and Jarod Harris led the Hawks from the plate.

The Trojans managed some offensive production in the bottom of the 6th. Cael Kellogg doubled on a fly ball to center field scoring Lane Koch. Carter Kriegel grounded out to third base but was able to move Kellogg around. Kellogg scored during Jackson Beltz's at bat. Beltz grounded out to second base but gave Kellogg time to reach home.

Kellogg led the Trojans from the plate going 2 for 3. West Delaware collected 10 hits while the Trojans only managed three.

Putting game one behind them, the Trojans came out much stronger in game two.

Cam Klostermann got the start and the win for the Trojans. Klostermann pitched a full game surrendering 13 hits, 5 runs, 5 errors, he had no walks and no strikeouts.

"Cam Klostermann did an outstanding job on the mound in Game #2. Allowing no walks over almost seven innings of work is almost unheard of these days," said Koch.

Leading the Trojans from the plate was Carter Kriegel. Kriegel hit four for four which helped lead the Trojans to their 8-5 victory. Kriegel doubled in the first, singled in the third, singled in the fifth, and singled in the sixth.

The Trojans got on the board early scoring three runs in the bottom of the 1st. Cael Kellogg singled a 2-1 pitch from Reid down the third base line that scored Klostermann.

The Hawks evened things up in the top of the 3rd. Nick Casey, Ben Ridenour, and Hunter Zieser all recorded RBI's in that inning.

STC quickly responded to retake the lead with two runs in the bottom of the 3rd. The inning began with Colton Vest earning a walk. Kriegel would hit a single that advanced Vest to third. Vest would score from third after a West Delaware error and Jackson Beltz followed with a single, moving Kriegel to second. Matt Wiese scored the second run of the inning after he hit grounder that forced West Delaware's defense into another error. After the two runs in the third, STC was back on top 5-3. The Trojans scored once in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth to close out the game.

"Offensively we jumped on West Delaware right away and were able to get to their bullpen. Putting three runs on the board in the 1st inning was crucial," said Koch.

Colton Reid started the game for West Delaware. He allowed three runs on three hits over two innings, striking out two and walking zero. Logan Woellert threw four innings out of the bullpen.

The Trojans racked up 11 hits in the game. Kriegel finished with three hits and Beltz had two to lead the Trojans.

We have reached the halfway point of the season and it's a good chance to take a look at the conference standings. South Tama is very much alive in the WaMaC West with conference victories over Central DeWitt, Vinton-Shellsburg, Benton, Center Point-Urbana, and West Delaware. Marion and STC are currently leading in the wins column although Marion has had a few more weather postponements than STC so far this year and have played fewer total games. The two teams are set to square off on Monday, June 25that South Tama. However, the conference is still wide open at this point with five teams all bunched at the top with only one game separating them.

WaMaC West Conference Standings

Marion 6-3 (8-8 overall)

Center Point-Urbana 5-5 (10-6 overall)

South Tama 6-7 (8-9 overall)

Clear Creek-Amana 5-7 (8-8 overall)

Independence 5-9 (5-12 overall)

Benton 4-8 (4-11 overall)

Vinton Shellsburg 4-10 (8-10 overall)

Williamsburg 3-11 (3-15 overall)



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