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Maquoketa bats too much for STC

July 8, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama baseball team (9-16-1) hosted the Maquoketa Cardinals (14-14-1) on Thursday, June 28 for a WaMaC east versus west doubleheader. The Cardinals have been a well matched opponent for the Trojans since STC rejoined the WaMaC for the 2015 season. However, on Thursday they overpowered STC in both games.

Starting game one for the Trojans was sophomore Matt Wiese. Maquoketa went with freshman pitcher Mitch Roeder on the mound in game one.

Maquoketa came out strong against South Tama in the early going, scoring five unanswered runs until the bottom of the third inning when STC's Cameron Klostermann reached base on a single, advanced to third off of two Maquoketa errors and scored a run after stealing home two batters later. Then STC's Cael Kellogg, Carter Kriegel and Jackson Beltz each hit singles to load up the bases with one out. Sophomore Brayden Smith then grounded into a fielder's choice out at second, but not before allowing another run to cross the plate. Two batters later, Roeder struck out Mickey Wanatee to end the third inning with Maquoketa still leading 5-2. The Cardinals kept rolling however as they tallied two runs in the fourth and and 10 runs in the fifth to finish with 17 points total. The Trojans would score once more in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sophomore right fielder Gavin Jimenez led off with a triple into right field. He was quickly brought in to score after a sacrifice grounder by Klostermann. The scoring dried up quickly for the Trojans however as they got two quick outs to end the fourth and were unable to score in the fifth. Maquoketa won game one by 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning with a final score of 17-3. Roeder went the distance and picked up the win for the Cardinals while Wiese took the loss on the mound for the Trojans.

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Maquoketa’s Payton Mangler arrives home just after being tagged out by STC’s Cael Kellogg in a doubleheader Thursday, June 27.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

Starting game two for South Tama was sophomore Brayden Smith. It was another underclassman, Payton Mangler, getting the nod for the game two start for the Cardinals.

The Trojans were again slow to start on offense in game two, allowing five unanswered runs until finally getting on the board in the bottom of the third inning. The run came courtesy of Klostermann who hit a fly ball to right field that resulted in an error and an opportunity to score Kyler Smith from third who had reached base earlier off of a double. Unfortunately for the Trojans, that would be the only run scored all night. Maquoketa meanwhile, would score runs in all but the fourth and seventh innings, finishing with a game two win and a final score of 8-1. Mangler got the win for the Cardinals while Smith took the loss for the Trojans.



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