It's good to finish strong. The North Tama softball team may have no other choice.
Currently, the Redhawks are third in the Iowa Star Conference with a 14-7 record behind Clarksville (18-2) and Don Bosco (25-8). Nipping at the Redhawks' heels are Dunkerton (13-9) and Janesville (10-7).
Before their 6-4 loss to Colo-NESCO last Friday night, the ladies won a pair of back-to-back games over CAL and Northeast Hamilton.
North Tama senior Christy Calderwood jars the ball free from Colo-NESCO junior catcher Kylie Sarver during an Iowa Star Conference matchup in McCallsburg. Calderwood scored on the play but Colo-NESCO walked away with a 6-4 win. (Photo by Troy Hyde, Times-Republican)
Christy Calderwood, Whitney Pokorny, Allison Zobel and Courtney Stuart all had two RBI apiece in the 10-3 win over CAL, and freshman Madison Howard pitched four strong innings, striking out six. Emma Knoop also added three scoreless innings on the mound for the Redhawks.
The girls held off a seventh-inning rally to defeat Northeast Hamilton 7-6 the following day. Calderwood again racked up two RBI, and Sarah Howard and Sam Zobel had three hits apiece.
Howard, who was hitting .588 before the Colo-Nesco game, had a tough go of it on Friday, going 0-for-4. Howard is still among the top hitters in Class 2A, with the 11th-highest batting average statewide at .545.
Pokorny (.417), Knoop (.417) and Anna Kvidera (.409) are also hitting above .400 this season.
North Tama hosts HLV on Wednesday before heading on the road to take on South Tama in the regular season finale Monday, July 8.