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Trojans holding strong in WaMaC after another conference sweep
June 22, 2018

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South Tama earned their second WaMaC west sweep of the season on Monday evening. The Trojans hosted the Williamsburg Raiders in a double header on Monday, June 18. STC won game one 4-3 and game two 5-2.

Getting the game one start for the Trojans was Cael Kellogg. Kellogg threw all seven innings and allowed five hits, three earned runs, four walks, and six strikeouts. The junior moves to 4-1 on the season with a solid ERA of 1.87.

Taking the loss for the Raiders was Drew Cook. He allowed two hits, four runs, walked five batters and struck out six.

Matt Wiese had the lone hit for the Trojans as the Raiders struggled defensively and allowed some runs on errors. The Trojans got on the board in the third inning. Wiese singled on a line drive which loaded the bases for the Trojans. The first run was driven in after Cook hit Lane Lekin with a pitch and forced in a run. The other two runs were scored by Jackson Beltz and Matt Wiese after Cook walked Cameron Klostermann and Colton Vest.

Williamsburg shook off a tough defensive inning and scored three runs in the top of the third to tie the game at 3 all.

The Trojan defense managed to hold the Raiders for the remainder of the game. STC also added one run in the bottom of the 4th inning to secure the win. Klostermann hit a ground ball and reached on an error by first baseman Jack Degen. Matt Wiese scored the run.

Graeson Trevino led the Raiders with two hits.

Getting the game two start and win was Carter Kriegel. Kriegel went for 5 2/3 innings before being relieved by freshman Brayden Smith. Kriegel allowed two hits, no runs, had no errors, walked four and had 10 strikeouts. Kriegel is now 3-1 and remains one of the top pitchers in the WaMaC Conference. So far this season the junior is one of only four pitchers in Class 3A to tally more than 35 strikeouts while maintaining an ERA under 1.00.

Klostermann, Kriegel, and Colton Vest each had a hit to lead the Trojans from the plate. In the first inning Kellogg hit into a fielder's choice that would ultimately score a run for the Trojans.

Zach Steckly started the game for Williamsburg. He surrendered five runs on four hits over six innings, striking out six.

It's been an exciting season for the Trojans thus far. At 10-9 the Trojans have the strongest season at this point in their schedule since the 2014-15 season (12-23). STC finished last season 6-29 and the 2015-16 season 7-28. They have a definite shot to finish strong in the WaMaC west. Sitting at the top of the conference is Marion at 10-3 and South Tama is just behind them at 8-7. The two teams will face off on Monday, June 25 in Marion.

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