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Redhawks blasted by Dons, clinch conference title with win over Spartans

June 27, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama baseball team saw a week of lows and highs as they fell 12-2 at Don Bosco on Wednesday, June 19 and hammered Collins-Maxwell 15-0 in Traer to clinch the Iowa Star South title.

A confident Redhawk team came to bat against a team which reached the State tournament last season, with Tate Payne scoring the first run of the game for an early lead. The Dons would shoot back with two runs in the bottom of innings before Parker Hulme tied things up in the second inning. Even as Don Bosco extended their lead to 4-2 in the following inning, it wouldn't be until the bottom of the fifth the Dons would strike a seven-run blow off a flurry of North Tama errors.

"We started off with hits early in the game and were right in that game those first three innings, but our defense fell apart," coach Dan Kopriva said. "I don't know how many errors we had, but we couldn't throw and catch. One thing Don Bosco does well is put the ball in play, so they force teams to play good defense."

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Tate Payne put the Redhawks on the board early at Don Bosco on Wednesday, June 19. North Tama would fall in five innings to the Dons 12-2.

Hale Hulme started on the mound for the Redhawks, going one inning before having to be relieved by Izach Henson due his nagging injury this season.

"[Hale] has felt good, but maybe we run him out there too many pitches," Kopriva said. "We're going to try to get him ready for District play at this point. This lack of defense was on everyone, not just one person."

A showdown with Hudson was cancelled on Friday due to weather. The Redhawks next took the field against Collins-Maxwell in their final Iowa Star South game of the season, clinching the conference title with a 15-0 win over the Spartans.

"We popped up those 15 runs pretty quick and took advantage of a lot of free walks," Kopriva said. "Some timely hits and the pitching gave us the game. With this win, we clinched the conference title with us being two games ahead of GMG, but we want a win against a quality Janesville team to add to our resume."

The Redhawks hosted Janesville on Wednesday before a rivalry showdown at Union on Thursday, June 27. North Tama will look for payback against visiting BGM on Friday, June 28 after a 6-2 loss during the J.L. List Tournament. The week will cap off with the Redhawks traveling to Grundy Center on Monday, July 1.



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