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STC’s Haughey hits first career homerun

June 21, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor (agraham@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama hosted Mount Vernon on Thursday, June 14. The Mustangs swept the Trojans 8-2 in game one and 15-1 in game two.

Getting the game one start for the Trojans was Ashlynn Ellenbecker. She lasted all seven innings, allowing 10 hits, 8 runs, 6 errors, walked 3 batters and struck out 1. Ellenbecker also led the Trojans from the plate going three for three.

Even though Thursday's contest resulted in more losses for the Trojans, there were a couple of highlights. STC freshman catcher Morgan Haughey hit her first career home run. Haughey surprised herself with the hit.

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STC’s Morgan Haughey (1) jumps onto home plate and is greeted by her teammates after hitting a homerun on Thursday, June 14. The Trojans fell to Mount Vernon 8-2 and 15-1 in a double header.
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"Every time I came up tonight I was always up to bat with two outs. In my first at bat I hit to third and got out and I was just hoping I wouldn't do that again. I was hoping that I could get on base and get a run for my team. When I hit it I thought it hit the ground and I was like, 'please just let me beat the ball to first'. Then I looked over and it was up and I was hoping the outfielder wouldn't catch my ball. When Coach Fritz told me I hit a home run I was like, 'What?!'. I've never done that before. It was a new experience for me and it was pretty cool," said Haughey.

Despite the loss coach Chelsea Ahrens felt that game one was some of the best softball the Trojans have played this season.

"That was a good game," said Chelsea Ahrens, "We had so many good opportunities. We had runners in position and we were kind of like one pitch or one hit away from keeping this game where we are winning. I'm really happy with our focus coming from having a really bad night the night before all the way out in Dyersville. But that's softball. Softball is up and down. You have a good night and then you have a bad night. We talked about it at the end of the game that we are on a roller coaster and we want to continue to get better."

With just one win in their record, the season has been a struggle for the Trojans. Thursday's game one matchup with the Mustangs was the first game this season the Trojans have lasted a full seven innings against a WaMaC team. The Trojans have been 10-runned in 12 of their 17 games.

Game two was one of those situations. Britney Breya pitched for the Trojans. Breya pitched for three innings allowing 11 hits, 15 runs, had 5 errors, walked three and struck out 1.

The Trojans will be on the road for the rest of this week. They will return home on Wednesday the 27th to host Independence.

 
 

 

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