South Tama grounds GMG on the road

South Tama freshman Kailiee Keen (1) eludes the tag attempt by GMG catcher Jenna Yilek during the first game of Tuesday’s softball doubleheader in Tama. Keen was safe on the play as the host Trojans took a 10-0, five-inning victory over the visiting Wolverines. Photo by Noah Rohlfing

A Tama County trio of schools took to the diamond Tuesday evening, as Class 3A South Tama County played host to Class 1A neighbors GMG and North Tama in what Trojans head coach Chelsea Ahrens said she hopes will be a yearly event with rotating hosts.

This season, though, all of the spoils went to the Trojans. South Tama romped to two victories against the Wolverines and Redhawks, defeating both opponents 10-0 in five innings. With the victories, South Tama moves to 3-16 on the season.

In the first game of the evening against GMG (4-12), Ashlynn Ellenbecker began a busy night of work by holding the Wolverines to just one hit — from senior Emily Vaughn. GMG walked twice, but the South Tama defense held firm and shut out the Wolverines. Ellenbecker struck out eight batters.

GMG coach Kati Barnes said the issue for the Wolverines wasn’t their own pitching — it was trying to make contact against Ellenbecker’s pitching.

“We struggled with batting a little bit today,” Barnes said. “We were facing some slower pitchers in the past, so coming onto this was a switch for them.”

Adelyn Sienknecht went two innings, gave up four hits and five runs (two earned) while striking out three. Abby Parks also gave up four hits and five runs (three earned), walking two batters and striking out two.

At the plate, STC recorded eight hits — five singles, two doubles and a triple. Gwen Upah collected two hits, both doubles, and drove in two runs. Jordyn Cremeans had two hits of her own and scored a run. Sammie Schneider and Ashleigh Finch drove in two runs apiece. Ellenbecker, Laurel Upah and Millie Mathes-Henle drove in one run each.