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South Tama rolls past Montezuma to end June

July 9, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama (9-16-1) was back in action on Friday, June 28th to host a non-conference matchup against Montezuma (4-13). The Trojans were looking for an opportunity to "cleanse the palette" after taking two emphatic losses to Maquoketa the night before. South Tama was without its leading batter, senior Cael Kellogg, on Friday but got contributions from several players up and down the lineup to put together a 10-1 win over a 1A Montezuma team that hails from the South Iowa Cedar League conference.

Senior Cam Klostermann got the start for STC while Montezuma sent out eighth grader Owen Cook to face the Trojans.

In the first inning South Tama got on the board after Matt Wiese reached base on a catcher interference violation. He was driven home from a fly ball single by Jackson Beltz. Logan Schmidt scored the run as a courtesy runner for Wiese who started at catcher for the Trojans in Kellogg's absence.

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South Tama’s Cam Klostermann checks first before delivering his next pitch
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Neither team scored runs in a quick second inning. In the top of the third, Montezuma's Brayden Arendt tripled to right field and ultimately scored Montezuma's first run when, two batters later, Eddie Burgess hit a RBI single to the shortstop.

The score remained tied until the fourth inning when STC senior Carter Kriegel led off with a hard hit ground ball that found its way into right field. The Trojans brought in freshman Jacob Collison to pinch run for Kriegel. Collison made good use of the opportunity, stealing second and then third base before scoring a run on an error by the Montezuma third baseman. The Trojans exited the fourth inning leading 2-1.

STC found another run in the fifth with Beltz hitting a RBI single into right field. South Tama's defense then turned around the top of the sixth inning in quick order as Mickey Wanatee came on to relieve Klostermann on the mound, striking out the first batter and forcing Cook into a 4-6-3 double play.

In the sixth inning the wheels came off for Montezuma as they allowed seven runs that came from three hits and a host of errors and walks. The only extra base hit of the night came from Kriegel who doubled into center, scoring the ninth run of the game for STC.

The Trojans were led at the plate by seniors Beltz and Kriegel who each had two hits and combined for three RBIs. Klostermann, Wiese, Wanatee, and Lane Lekin also tallied hits in the game. The Trojans were aggressive on the bases, totaling a season high nine stolen bases against Montezuma.

Klostermann finished with the win with a workman-like performance, allowing seven hits and one earned run but giving up no walks and striking out four batters. Wanatee was also strong in his relief appearance, allowing no hits and striking out two batters in the final two innings.

Coming into the week the Trojans had yet to capture a win at home. Fortunately, the win on Friday coupled with a two-game sweep of Williamsburg on Monday evened things out headed into the final two weeks of the regular season.



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