The North Tama Lady Redhawks had their first weekend off in nearly a month, which gave them the chance to rest before they hit the home stretch of the 2012 season.
The girls are currently 8-11 after winning two of their last three contests. Following their 13-3 run-rule beatdown of Belle Plaine last Monday, the ladies dropped a tough 10-0 shutout to Clarksville on the road before beating Grundy Center last Thursday by a score of 9-3.
Senior shortstop Sydney Fehr is second on the team in batting average at .439. Her solid senior leadership has been key in helping the team manage the ups and downs of the season. Fehr has one home run and 15 RBI, a stolen base, and has struck out just twice all season.
Junior Emma Knoop has been a workhorse on the mound, and has pitched much better than her 3-7 record would indicate through her 61 and 2/3 innings. Knoop has an ERA of 5.45 and has struck out 24 this season, but has struggled with her control at times, giving up 28 walks.
Freshman Sarah Howard has been a reliable second starter for the Redhawks, with a 3-3 record and a 4.57 ERA in 41 and 1/3 innings. Howard also leads the team in batting average at .453. She also has a team-high 18 RBI, and leads the squad in slugging percentage at .604. Eight of her 24 hits have been for extra bases this year.
The baseball team has seen even better results recently, including a no-hitter pitched by senior Brian Seda in last week's game against Belle Plaine. Seda is also batting .415 on the year and has a home run to go along with his 11 RBI.
Junior Brent Billerbeck leads the team with 15 stolen bases. He is also batting .319 on the year. Dalton Hulme has also given the team some much-needed speed, swiping seven bases and getting on at a .508 clip. He is batting .400.
Senior Justin Jacobs has been a steady presence behind the plate, and is hitting .362 on the offensive side.
Jacob Wrage has been the team's most reliable starter, going 4-1 in 29 and 1/3 innings of work so far this season. Wrage has also mastered his control in recent weeks, and has a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ration on the year. His ERA currently sits as a solid 3.10.