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Redhawks' ride comes to an end

July 24, 2015
Dan Kopriva - Head Coach , Traer Star-Clipper

The Redhawks' fine season ended with a heartbreaking loss to Gladbrook-Reinbeck in the district semifinals. North Tama defeated Clarksville 9 to 0 in opening round action at J. L. Lister Field on July 14. Cameron Hoeg took the hill for a complete game No-hitter. Hoeg struck out 18 batters, his career high, while walking three batters. The Redhawks pounded out nine hits in the contest. Caden Stuart was three for four with two RBI's and scored twice. Cameron Hoeg hit a double and a triple to knock in three runs. Hoeg scored two runs. Cael Kopriva hit a single and a triple to plate two Redhawks. Scott Morrison hit a double and scored two runs. Joe Earley added a single.

The second round featured the top two teams in the district, North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck, on July 16 in Traer. GR defeated NT on a nail biter 2 to 1. The game had great pitching and defense. The Redhawks had a total of three hits and GR had five hits. North Tama scored their only run of the game in the first inning on a single by Caden Stuart who eventually scored on an error to the second baseman on a sharp ground ball hit by Cael Kopriva. The Redhawks held a 1 to 0 lead until the top of the seventh inning. Baseball is a game of inches and the inches went GR's way in the 7th inning. Smoldt drew a leadoff walk on a borderline pitch, then Ehlers hit a double just inches over Scott Morrison's glove in right field. The next batter struck out and then Murphy hit a liner just inches from being foul to knock in two runs. The Redhawks failed to score in the bottom of the seventh to break the hearts of the players and North Tama fans and ended a season high eleven game-winning streak. GR went on to defeat Grundy Center in the District final game and will face Don Bosco for the right to go to the eight team state tournament.

The Redhawks had a great season with a 23-4 record and was the Iowa Star conference co-champions. Three of the four losses were to teams that won district championships. The Redhawks say goodbye to two seniors Tritan Johanningmeier and team leader and ace Brody Hulme. The Redhawks for the first time in a few years will have an upper classman dominated team in 2016. The North Tama baseball program would like to thank the communities support, especially the second half of the season.

Article Photos

Gladbrook-Reinbeck third baseman Josh Cooley tags out North Tama’s Scott Morrison in the second inning of Thursday’s Class 1A District 5 semifinal in Traer. The Rebels rallied for a 2-1 victory to advance to Saturday’s district final against Grundy Center, which they also won by a score of 8-3. (photo by Tyler Strand, Times-Republican)



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