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Final inning lifts Redhawks over Rebels 4-3

May 30, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama baseball team bounced back from their season-opening loss with a 4-3 win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck and their star pitcher Tyler Tscherter on Thursday, May 23,

"Tscherter is a great pitcher and I remember us facing him last year," Kopriva said. "He pitched well tonight, but we were more prepared this year. We had better at-bats and this was a good test for us with some of the games we'll have coming up."

A quick start by the Redhawks gave them two runs as Payne opened scoring with a run, followed by a pitching error to give Hale Hulme an easy slide to home.

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Gabe Kopriva throws to Skyler Staker in action vs. Gladbrrook-Reinbeck on Thursday, May 23.

"We had some good at-bats that first inning, drew some walks and Hulme hits a nice line drive to get two runs," Kopriva said. "The key is why taking a lot of pitches to get [Tscherter's] count up, who he couldn't complete the game."

Defensively, the Redhawks anchored off Parker Hulme on the mound, allowing no runs in the first four innings before the Rebels hitting produced two runs in the fifth inning to tie the game. Gladbrook-Reinbeck took the lead 3-2 as Gabe Kopriva took over pitching, walking four runners. The freshman would finish the seventh inning with no walks, errors or hits to give the Redhawks one last chance in the bottom of the inning. Payne found home once and Hale Hulme was walked home to give the Redhawks the win 4-3.

"We were being very picky because the pitcher was all over the place," Kopriva said. "We wanted to be patient. We walked too many in our first game this season, and tonight were walked to help us win this game."

According to Kopriva, Hale Hulme will be rested longer before being a day-by-day decision at pitcher this season. Kopriva's goal is the have the senior available later in the season rather than now with Ryan McLean and Parker Hulme stepping up for the Redhawks. Tyler Morrison is expected to return this next week after sitting out the opening week.

"I'm proud of how our kids performed despite us being injured and banged up," Kopriva said. "We need to scratch and claw our way forward, and we certainly did with this game. We have several pitchers who do a great job, but run up their pitch count fast. The key tonight was Parker tonight and the defense picked up the rest."

The Redhawks continued their winning streak on the road at Baxter 12-0 and against GMG on Tuesday. A Memorial Day tournament was cancelled due to weather. North Tama have their hands full with Clarksville in town on Thursday and will host North Linn and Iowa Valley in Traer on Saturday, June 1.



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