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Softball suffers season-ending loss

July 17, 2015
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama's softball season came to an unfortunately abrupt end last Wednesday with a 10-1 loss against Dunkerton in the opening round of regional play.

The Redhawks earned a first-round bye and home-field advantage for at least one postseason game, but were ultimately done in by two big innings from Dunkerton.

A five-run third inning gave the Raiders a comfortable lead - a four-run sixth inning sealed the deal. North Tama senior Anna Kvidera scored the lone run for the Redhawks in the fifth. Kvidera also stole two bases in the game.

Hits weren't hard to come by, as the team racked up seven - two each for Kvidera and Tessa Dvorak - but runs remained elusive.

Madison Howard took the loss, striking out six with only three of the tens runs counting as earned. On the year, however, Howard's performance was steller. Despite a 9-9 record, her ERA was a solid 2.18 and opponents hit just .190 against her. Her 131 strikeouts were also a team high. And with 96 1/3 innings pitched, Howard looks to be the number one starter once again for her senior season next year.

The Redhawks finished the 2015 season at 16-12 overall, and will have a young team to build around going forward. The loss of two key seniors will provide a challenge, however, as Anna Kvidera and Jessi Jacobs will both be moving on.

In addition to her overall team leadership, Kvidera led the team with 34 stolen bases. She also batted .418 and has two home runs and 21 RBI.

Jacobs batted .470 and was also a threat on the basepaths, stealing 27 bases in 2015. She also batted in 18 runs.

Freshman Tessa Dvorak blossomed from a promising young player into a full-blown star in her freshman season, leading the team in batting average (.531), slugging percentage (.728), on base percentage (.608), hits (43) and extra-base hits (15). Dvorak stole 24 bases, and pitched 31 1/3 innings with an ERA of 4.02, showing good control in striking out 16 while walking only two batters all season.

In addition to her role on the mound, the Rehawks will lean heavily on Madison Howard's offensive abilities in the 2016 season. Howard batted .483 and led North Tama with 34 RBI this year.

The trio of Kodi Hillman, Carlie Feisel and Carissa Calderwood played in all 28 games for the Redhawks, with Hillman batting .384 and driving in 21 runs. Calderwood hit .407 and drove in 23 in just her first season of high-school softball, and Feisel also accounted for 20 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

Freshman Olivia Schrier will also be an important part of the team's success in the future, and led the team in putouts defensively (with 143) and had a fielding percentage of .947.

 
 

 

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