BEAMAN - One batter into the night, South Tama had a lead it would not relinquish.
Now the Trojans are in a three-way tie in the loss column for the lead of the NICL West baseball standings.
South Tama claimed a 12-1 victory over BCLUW in six innings on Monday.
T-R PHOTO BY MARK PAWLAK
Kolton Smith of South Tama is greeted by teammates after hitting a leadoff home run on Monday against BCLUW in Beaman. The Trojans won the NICL West contest, 12-1 in six innings.
Kolton Smith started the game with a leadoff home run to right field on his way to reaching base five times on the night. Smith finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored, two walks, a hit by pitch, triple, home run and three RBIs.
"People have been pitching around him a little bit in the 3-hole so we bumped him up to the 1-hole," said STC head coach Seth Koch. "He's responded and gotten on base. You've got to pitch to him there and if you don't and you walk him, it's going to be a double. He's going to steal second because not too many people are going to throw him out."
The Trojans (6-4, 4-1) scored in five of their six at-bats and closed it out with three runs apiece in innings four through six.
South Tama is now tied with East Marshall (4-1) and tonight's opponent West Marshall (5-1) in the loss column atop the NICL West standings.
BCLUW had runners on base most of the night but never could do more than just threaten against Trojan freshman pitcher Grant Koch.
"We didn't show up to play at all," said BCLUW head coach Matt Zoske. "We were flat and I'm not sure there's a team in our schedule we would have beat tonight. It's a lesson learned and hopefully we show up and play (tonight)."
Noah Bearden went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for South Tama. Jacob Clark and Dalton Doyle both added doubles, while Clark and Tank Keckler had two RBIs apiece.
"Looking up and down the lineup we hit the ball," Coach Koch said. "Everybody contributed something. We're starting to figure things out."
Grant Koch scattered six hits in his complete game - all singles. He hit one batter, walked one and struck out five.
"The big thing is, yeah we responded with the bats every inning, but the name of this game is pitching and defense," Coach Koch said. "I thought Grant went out and he was in command, he was spotting the ball well. We walked one and hit one, and when you can do that, you're going to win ball games."
The Comets ended the night hitting 1-for-14 with runners on base.
"Grant doesn't get too shook, he's pretty level-headed," Coach Koch said. "A lot of freshmen when you get runners on, their head is on a swivel. He's able to bear down and keep throwing strikes. He has confidence in his defense that their going to get outs for him and they did."
Cole Thompson finished 3-for-3 for BCLUW. Lane Caster added a base hit and scored the team's only run.
"Their pitcher was able to keep us out on that front foot," Zoske said.
"We saw some pitches that were hittable and let them go by," he added.
South Tama hosts West Marshall tonight in Tama, while BCLUW's homestand continues with Gladbrook-Reinbeck coming to town.
Marshalltown 10-2, Mason City 2-4
MASON CITY - The Marshalltown baseball team won the opener 10-2 before falling 4-2 to Mason City in their CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader on Monday.
Kyle Carnahan struck out six and walked one in going the distance on the mound for MHS in the first game. Bennett Mann had three hits and drove in two to lead the Bobcats (9-8, 2-4) at the plate.
Mason City pitcher Stone Sturges held MHS to just three hits in the second game. The 4-2 win was the first in CIML Iowa play for the Mohawks (4-13, 1-5) and also ended their eight-game losing streak.
Carnahan doubled among his two hits.
Don Bosco 15, GMG 0, 4 innings
GILBERTVILLE - Tanner Breitbarth went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run to lead Don Bosco past GMG in Monday's Iowa Star Conference game.
Jake Hogan went 3-for-3 with a double and Austin Demuth was 2-for-3 for the Dons (10-3, 6-0).
GMG (2-13, 2-5) had just two hits - one apiece for Brandon Lolwing and Jacob Burt. Austin Vaughn took the loss on the mound.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 10, South Hardin 0, 5 innings
REINBECK - Austyn Smith threw his second no-hitter of the summer as the Rebels shut out the Tigers on Monday in NICL West play.
Smith struck out six in his gem. The senior right-hander also no-hit Southeast Webster on June 2.
Jacob Smoldt had a double and a team-high three RBIs for Gladbrook-Reinbeck (6-6, 3-3). Jordan Rickert drove in a pair, while Brady Billerbeck added a double.
South Hardin drops to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in conference play.