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South Tama ends night in three innings, STC’s Ellenbecker pitches no-hitter

June 11, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Pitching was the story of the night on Friday, May 31. The South Tama Trojans (2-7) hosted GMG (0-6) for the non-conference contest.

Ashlynn Ellenbecker took the pitchers circle for the Trojans. Ellenbecker threw for three innings giving up no hits, no walks and striking out five. It was the first no-hitter for the sophomore.

"It feels really good," said Ellenbecker, "We had a tough battle this past week with Solon and Mount Vernon with big power hitters so it was really nice to hit my spots and get to where I needed to be."

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South Tama’s Ashlynn Ellenbecker throws out a pitch in the first inning of play. The Trojans hosted GMG for a non-conference contest on Friday, May 31.
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The pitching staff for the Trojans consists of Ellenbecker, and freshmen Lauren Veit and Laurel Upah. Ellenbecker just completed her sophomore year and has the most experience coming into the season.

"I always go in with the same mindset playing each team because we all have errors and weaknesses. Coming in to playing GMG, obviously you can have more confidence because they're a team we can play against but everyone being really excited about it gives me energy and gives me a lot of confidence," said Ellenbecker.

The night was a good boost for the Trojans who had yet to see a win. In fact they had yet to see a full game played as they were 10 runned by two top ranked teams, Mount Vernon and Solon. The first rankings of the season by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have Mount Vernon ranked 10th and Solon ranked 5th.

"When we started getting hits I thought okay this game is going really good because the other night didn't go so well so coming up and thinking we can do this," said Ellenbecker.

Taking the mound for GMG was sophomore Emily Vaughn. Vaughn threw 103 pitches giving up 12 runs, 12 walks and two hits.

Recording hits for the Trojans were Shelby Slaven and Gwen Upah. Upah also added two RBI's to her stat line and Laurel Upah had one.

"I thought it was a good game especially having such a rough first four games. We talked before the game about the competition that we went against. I looked up the rankings and Solon was 4th so it made us feel a bit better about ourselves and made us feel like wow we actually hung with them for awhile," said Heach Coach Chelsea Ahrens.



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