The North Tama softball team opened the season against regional rival Union, setting the tone for the early season with a 13-5 win. The Redhawks scored four runs in the first and three in the second to secure a lead and never looked back.
Junior Whitney Pokorny had five RBI on three hits, and senior Shannon Stuart also drove in three runs for North Tama. Sophomore Jessi Jacobs provided some much-needed speed on the basepaths, stealing two bases in the contest.
Senior Emma Knoop pitched five solid innings, striking out four and allowing eight hits. Sophomore Sarah Howard also pitched two innings, striking out one.
The new scoreboard that will now greet fans at the softball field is pictured at right.
A doubleheader against hapless Meskwaki allowed several Redhawks to pad their stats early in the season, with a pair of 15-0 and 36-0 wins.
Sophomore Anna Kvidera had a team-high three stolen bases in the first contest, and Knoop drove in a whopping seven runs in the second game.
Senior Christy Calderwood also had a big offensive day, driving in five runs on four hits and recording two stolen bases in the 36-0 win.
Friday's game brought with it the dedication of a new scoreboard, and after a few innings, the Redhawks decided it was time to light it up.
The ladies scored six runs in the third inning and another six in the fourth en route to an easy 12-0 win over Nashua-Plainfield.
Howard, Pokorny and junior Courtney Stuart all had two RBI apiece in the contest, and Stuart stole three bases. Allison Zobel also had a pair of stolen bases. Howard led the Redhawks with three hits.
Knoop was once again solid on the mound, striking out five during her four innings of no-hit work.
The girls return to the field for a tournament with area schools GMG, Lisbon and Gladbrook-Reinbeck this Saturday, June 1, at 9 a.m. in Reinbeck.