The ladies of the North Tama softball team look to be back on track after a pair of losses against conference heavyweights Don Bosco and Clarksville.
Playing the conference's top two teams on back-to-back days left the Redhawks with their first consecutive losses of the season, but they rebounded nicely with a 13-3 win over Dike-New Hartford last Thursday evening.
Freshman Madison Howard had three hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs in the victory. Howard also pitched a strong five innings, striking out six batters.
North Tama’s Emma Knoop delivers a pitch during a 9-1 loss at Clarksville last Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Allison Zobel finished the day with two RBI and a pair of hits, including a double. Jessi Jacobs recorded two stolen bases on the day.
So far this season, several Redhawks have been lighting it up on the diamond, as North Tama boasts some of the conference's most productive offensive players.
Sophomore Sarah Howard was hitting .558 as of Tuesday, placing her in the top ten statewide in Class 2A in batting average. Howard has one home run and 17 RBI on the season and has a slugging percentage of .744.
Emma Knoop has been dealing on the mound while also doing her part offensively, batting .471 with 14 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Knoop has been a workhorse, pitching 62 1/3 innings with an ERA of 3.71. She has also notched 46 strikeouts on the season.
Sophomore Anna Kvidera has had a breakout year, batting .429 and driving in 15 runs while swiping 10 bases so far. Whitney Pokorny, a junior, has been a reliable run producer, notching a team-high 19 RBI. Allison Zobel leads the team with 12 stolen bases.
The girls face Northeast Hamilton in a home contest on Thursday evening before heading on the road to take on Colo-NESCO on Friday.