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Shorthanded Redhawks flash improvement in 17-2 loss to Bolts

June 21, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

Despite being down two key starters, the North Tama softball team showed signs of fight as they hosted Baxter on Friday, June 14, falling to the Bolts 17-2.

"We were making plays that we haven't made in the past with JV kids stepping in for our missing varsity starters," coach Patty Calderwood said. "They didn't do too bad for their lack of experience."

In their first game at Baxter, the Redhawks allowed 17 runs by the Bolts in first inning and saw only their second game of the season end in three innings with a single hit. This time around, North Tama allowed a single run in the top of the first, responding with Rylee McLean tying up the game off the pitcher indecisive on an out between her and Carissa Calderwood off second. The Redhawk defense continued to play exceptional as they allowed no hits in the second inning, but could not punch in a run of their own. It wouldn't be until the fifth inning that Mary Lycett would find home to give North Tama another run, down 7-2, yet staying competitive.

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Second basemna Emmy Bradley goes for a catch with a toe on first base in action against Baxter on Friday, June 14.

"Mary has really stepped up and working hard at that two-spot in our batting order this season," Calderwood said. "She's been off with her hitting, but she keeps coming back. A lot of it for Mary will be reps. She hustles and is quick."

The sixth inning would spell the end for the Redhawks as the Bolts switched to small ball, bunting and stealing their way to 10 runs as North Tama's struggles on defense flashed back. Unable to shoot back with any runs in the bottom of the inning, the game ended in six innings.

"The game got away from us because [Baxter] played some small ball, which took advantage of our weakness and our inexperience," Calderwood said. "I'm pleased with the outcome as much as I can because these girls are working hard and doing what I'm asking. You can see that with the catches in the outfield from players. Kierra [Dronebarger] is learning to anticipate the ball, getting two balls to her glove. Mary has been getting to the ball all season, but is making the catches."

Despite a second 15+ loss to the Bolts on the season, the improvement game-to-game has been noticed by Calderwood as the Redhawks hit past their halfway point in the regular season. North Tama will look to several games in the upcoming weeks for wins and opportunities to play talented teams.

"Defensively, we have to continue to make plays and we've got to have more people in the lineup getting base hits and driving runners in," Calderwood said.

The girls next traveled to GMG on Monday. Their time on the road continued with a trip to Don Bosco on Wednesday, June 19 before hosting Hudson on Friday, June 21 and Collins-Maxwell on Monday, June 24.



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