The North Tama Baseball team is hitting mid-season form. The club has won 11 of their last 12 games, and has improved their record to 17-5. Two Redhawk losses have come to 2A 4th ranked Roland Story. The Redhawks are batting .344, 64 points higher than last year and has swiped 80 out of 84 stolen base attempts. The defense has been fierce once again with a respectful .950 fielding percentage. The let down might be the team era, however it is very respectful at 2.95, the team's goal is 2.50 or lower.
North Tama 15 Dunkerton 4
The Redhawks improve to 8-1 in Iowa Star Conference play, by whipping Dunkerton by Pthe mercy rule in five innings, on Wednesday June 12. The Hawks collected 8 hits in the ball game and took advantage of six free passes. Jacob Wrage's bat remains hot cranking out two doubles to plate three Redhawks. Brent Billerbeck, Dalton Hulme, Brandon Kaufman, Huston Danker each had a single to drive in two runs. Kaufman, Hulme, Joe Kvidera and Caden Stuart each scored two runs and Brent Billerbeck scored three. Brody Hulme pitched four frames allowing eight hits and three earned runs. Hulme struck out five batters and did not surrender a free pass. Hulme has struck out 34 batters while walking just six on the season. Caden Stuart picked up the last inning and fanned two. The JV team was upset by the Dunkerton JV squad.
Dalton Hulme beats out a throw to first during North Tama’s 8-1 thrashing of Clarksville last Wednesday evening.
Redhawks Beat NICL Foe
The Redhawks beat old time rival, Grundy Center 12-8. The Redhawks continued to swing the hot bats, smacking nine base hits. Caden Stuart and Brandon Kaufman each had two base knocks to plate a runner. Dalton Hulme scored two runs and drove in a run on a single and a double. Jacob Wrage roped a double to the fence forcing in a run. Wrage scored two runs for the Hawks. Brody Hulme added a single and a run to the attack. Pitcher, Brandon Kaufman allowed one earned run, the Spartans took advantage of some uncharacteristic Redhawk errors, to send four unearned runs to the plate. Kaufman threw six innings and came out of the game because of a high pitch count. Kaufman surrendered six hits and collected seven K's. Cameron Hoeg pitched an inning and was roughed up a bit for three runs. North Tama remains second in the conference with a 7-1 record in the Iowa Star Conference.
NT Wins the J. L. Lister Tournament
North Tama won the J. L. Lister Tournament with two quality wins. Coach Kopriva dedicated the championship of course, to role model and Iowa Baseball Hall of Fame coach Jarold Lister. The Redhawks beat NICL opponent BCLUW 10-0 by the ten run rule in five innings. The Redhawks are now 3-0 vs. the NICL Conference. The Hawks put up many crooked numbers on the scoreboard in first round action. North Tama bats were sizzling crushing eleven base hits. Jacob Wrage led the Redhawks who lead the Iowa Star Conference in batting average. Wrage added four RBI's to his team-leading total, crushing two hits. Freshman Caden Stuart continues to have a stellar year at the platter with two hits. Stuart leads the Redbirds with a .466 batting average. Brent Billerbeck hit two line drive singles. Billerbeck stole three bags and is the leader in the Iowa Star Conference with 19 stolen bases. Huston Danker continues to get timely hits driving in two runners on a single. Dalton Hulme scored a run and hit a double for a RBI. Dalton Hulme pitched a five inning complete game shut out for his third win on the hill. Hulme allowed just two hits, but walked four, while fanning five. Clayton Blocker and Billerbeck turned an incredible double play. It was the fifth double play for the keystone combination this season.
The Redhawks upset 10-1 South Iowa Cedar League leader, North Mahaska 5-4 in nine innings. The Redhawk pitchers and defense did a great job of getting out of jams time after time and executed on offense to manufacture runs. Ace Jacob Wrage pitched eight innings for a no decision. Wrage gave up four runs on eleven scattered hits and two walks. Wrage struck out nine batters. Brody Hulme swooped down to get the vulcher win, hurling just one frame. Hulme surrendered a hit and a walk, but struck out two batters to get out of a jam. The Hawks had seven total hits in the contest. KWWL Athlete of the Week, Dalton Hulme led the Redhawks with two hits. Brent Billerbeck hit a double and collected a RBI. Jacob Wrage and Brandon Kaufman each had a single to force in a run. Brody Hulme and Huston Danker each had a hit at the dish. Clayton Blocker drew two walks and stole three bases. The Redhawk baseball team improves to 16-5 on the year.
Redhawks Play Small Ball to Beat Ace
The Redhawks traveled to Clarksville on Wednesday June 19, after a three day lay off. Clarksville is the first place Iowa Star leader in the north division. The North Tama ball club won the game 8-1. The Redhawks took care of one of the top 1A pitchers in the state, Jacob Bergman, with the help of the small ball game. Bergman has struck out 79 batters in just 40 innings of work. North Tama manufactured two runs through six innings and then opened up the floodgates in the top of the seventh inning. Wrage put down a bunt for a base hit with one out. Dalton Hulme hit a deep fly ball to the left center gap and the ball was dropped by the left fielder. Caden Stuart put down a squeeze that went for a hit to push Wrage across the plate. Brandon Kaufman put down a squeeze bunt that was thrown away at home plate to score Hulme. Brody Hulme put the third consecutive squeeze down to score Stuart. Huston Danker was intentionally walked to load the bases to get to Cameron Hoeg, which brought the infield in. Hoeg squeaked a grounder down the third base line that went for a double to score Kaufman and B. Hulme. Expert bunter, Clayton Blocker put down the fourth squeeze and the fifth bunt of the inning to score Danker. Wrage was three for three at the plate, scored three runs and swiped three bases. 8th grader, Cameron Hoeg hit a single and a double to push two runs across the plate. Huston Danker scored a run and hit a single to knock in a run. Brandon Kaufman hit a single, scored two runs and had an RBI on a squeeze. Dalton Hulme pitched four innings to improve his pitching record to 4-1. Hulme did not allow a run and gave up three free passes and two hits. Hulme sat down eight batters. Little brother Brody Hulme pitched three innings to earn his second save of the year. B. Hulme fanned five batters and gave up to hits. Clarksville scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on two Redhawk errors. The North Tama Squad improves to 17-5 and 8-1 in Iowa Star Conference play. The young JV team beat Clarksville 6-0 on a spectacular performance by Caden Stuart. Stuart struck out 13 of 15 batters. The JV team starts four eighth graders, Will Early, Joe Early, Cael Kopriva, and Jacob Gorder. 8th grader Cameron Hoeg plays on the varsity. The young JV team improves to 8-3-1 on the season. The coaching staff is happy with the JV progress, but know much improvement is needed.