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Redhawks end season at Springville 8-0

July 18, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama softball team saw their season end at the hands of Springville during Regionals on Wednesday, July 11, falling to the Orioles 8-0 in six innings.

"We played really well defensively, but our bats were not what they needed to be and that's been our weakness all season long," Calderwood said. "We started strong, but couldn't string things together in the game. We'd get someone on base, then leave them there."

Expecting an athletic team based on other Orioles sports, Springville provided an opportunity for the Redhawks to compete against a team with an under .500 record. While the Orioles would score three runs in the second inning, North Tama would keep up defensively up throughout the game despite the offense not picking up steam.

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Senior catcher Carissa Calderwood attempts a tag against a sliding Central City player in her final game as a Redhawk. Photo courtesy of Daryl Schepanski of the Anamosa Journal-Eureka.

"We made some great plays and Springville score in three of the six innings," Calderwood said. "Springville had quality at-bats, making contact and making plays. Almost every single team ends on a loss, so you at least you hope you played well. I felt we played well."

Down 4-0, in the sixth inning, the Redhawks continue to fight, yet a double play in the top of the inning spelled trouble for the visitors as Springville would then push back with a four-run inning to take the game and advance to the second round, losing 7-5 to Central City. The Redhawks finished with two hits and two walks in the loss.

"Carissa got on base the last inning, then for second, rounded hard like she normally does, they go for second," Calderwood said. "Normally she goes to third, but instead dove for second and was picked off. It wouldn't have made a big difference, yet that's the only time she's been picked off."

The Redhawks finished 5-18 on the season after overcoming some hurdles in the opening games.

"I thought we got better as the season went on in several aspects outside of our bats we struggled with," Calderwood said. "The girls continued to work hard and did what I asked them to do to make individual improvements. That proof will be in the pudding in the future."

North Tama will lose three senior starters in Carissa Calderwood, Molly Kvidera and Chloe Feisel as well as Hailey Stover after suffering an injury just before the season. However, younger players on the team gained invaluable experience playing varsity this season, which Calderwood hopes will help as new athletes step up in 2020.

"One part of going into this year was building our game knowledge, building confidence and understanding what we needed to do to make plays," Calderwood said. "We will continue to work hard on those areas. Those three seniors will be hard to be replaced since they were mainstays in our program and are big shoes to fill."

Photos from the season are available on Flickr through the Traer Star-Clipper Facebook page. For requests for photos, please contact Editor CJ Eilers at Photos for the Springville game were courtesy Daryl Schepanski of the Anamosa Journal-Eureka and are not available from the Traer Star-Clipper.



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