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Early struggles hinder Lady Redhawks

June 1, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

A young season and young team found struggles and a few positives over their first week as they went 0-4 over that time.

The Lady Redhawks kicked off the 2018 season with a spirited game in McCallsburg against Colo-Nesco, Though the Lady Royals struck first in the opening inning, North Tama answered with two runs in the second by Rylee McLean and Chloe Feisel. Colo-Nesco followed up with two runs of their own in the third inning, but coach Sam Holtz felt her team didn't give into the pressure.

"One of my expectations going into this game was to keep our positive energy and they definitely met that goal," Holtz said. "Even when we were down and Colo-Nesco was a run ahead, we dug deep and pulled through."

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Another run by the Lady Royals in the fifth inning put Colo-Nesco up 2-4, but a hit by senior Olivia Schrier in the sixth put the Lady Redhawks in striking order as the headed into the seventh 3-4. The hits simply didn't align as North Tama was unable to score a run to prolong or win the day.

"We had a lot of good plays, some good hits, but there's some improvement to be made," Holtz said. "We had the possibility of winning in that last inning, but that will come with experience. We had high energy the whole game, even with a couple of bad plays. The girls stayed positive and really kept us going through the game."

Holtz praised her senior pitcher, Tessa Dvorak, as the game easily could have gotten away from North Tama early. Fly balls proved to be an issue for the outfield and manufactured hits and runs for Colo-Nesco. Overall, Holtz wants to see the positive attitude continue and herself improve as a coach.

"I asked the girls what I needed to improve on because I am young," Holtz said. "They said I needed to mix it up and I didn't use all our variety with bunting and stealing. That's something I personally will work on going forward."

The week didn't get any easier for the Lady Redhawks as they took on powerhouse Collins-Maxwell on Wednesday in Traer, falling 0-16. Hoping to bounce back, the girls hosted Baxter two days later for the Lady Bolts' first season. The bats came alive for the visitors as they sent balls into the outfield, where North Tama still continued to show struggles in catching fly balls. Dvorak took command in the sixth inning to avoid any further runs by Baxter, but were unable to string any hits to fall 0-10.

"I'd say we threw pretty well from the mound tonight and got us out of a couple of pickles, but a big inning did us in," assistant coach Patty Calderwood said. "We were mixed up in our positions and had errors that got their girls on base. They came up with some good hits and came through when they needed to."

The week closed with a loss to Alburnett at Jesup 8-12, but showed more offensive ability for the Lady Redhawks after scoring zero runs in the previous two games.

"We just got to make our plays, be confident and keep our heads up going forward," Calderwood said.



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