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South Tama narrowly misses at Marion

Sandvick hits second home run

July 9, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Coach Chelsea Ahrens was pleased with her team after STC's contest with Marion. The Trojans travelled to Marion on Friday, June 25 for a WaMaC west conference contest. While the Trojans dropped both games they lasted a full seven innings in each game, scored 7 total runs and Abby Sandvick hit her second homer of the season. For a team that holds a 1-25 record, these were all positives.

"These were two very good games by us. It was unfortunate we couldn't get the win. I thought we were going to be able to get that second game," said Coach Chelsea Ahrens.

Ashlynn Ellenbecker got the game one start for the Trojans, lasting six innings. She took the loss allowing six hits and four runs, three of which were earned. Ellenbecker walked five and struck out six.

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STC’S Ashlynn Ellenbecker (5) collides at first base with Marion’s Sydney Neilsen. Ellenbecker chased down Neilsen for the out during game two on Friday, June 25. Abby Sandvick steps off first for the play to be made.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

Leading the Trojans from the plate was Queta Diego with two of STC's six hits. Also recording a hit were Ellenbecker, Taylor Lekin, Dalaynee Henle and Sandvick. Sandvick hit her second home run of the season, a solo shot off of Marion's Megan Kessens.

Kessens got the win for the Indians allowing four hits, one run, walked one batter and struck out eight. Marion won game one 4-1.

While Ahrens felt the Trojans had two well played games she and the team are hungry for more.

"The fourth inning we gave up a run we shouldn't have and had a couple of errors. We've been talking about it all year. We are kind of one play away from winning the ball game. We talked about it after the game. How do we get to that point to win rather than just be satisfied we made it seven innings. We had two well played games all around but how do we get to that point where we can win. How do we get to where we can get that key hit, that key play on defense. It's about gaining confidence and I think we're headed that direction."

Britney Breya started game two for South Tama. She lasted three innings and was relieved by Ellenbecker. Breya allowed six hits, four earned runs, walked one and struck out one. Ellenbecker allowed one hit and no runs. She walked two and struck out one.

The Trojans had four hits in game two. Taylor Lekin led the team with two hits. The Trojans led Marion 3-1 going into the bottom of the third. Marion managed to catch up and take a one run, 4-3 lead that would carry them the rest of the way.

"I wish I had the magic potion. I think we pitched really well. Ashlynn did a good job coming in. She got some key outs and pop ups. Offensively we are still really struggling. Our batting average and the amount of strikeouts we have are not helping. If we can put the ball in play and make the other team have to make plays then good things happen for us," said Ahrens.



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