The Redhawks have been flying high in the second half of the season, and capped off an incredible run with a 4-3 win over host Gladbrook-Reinbeck to capture a district title over the weekend.
Following a close win over GMG on Thursday, July 5, the boys played host to Iowa Star Conference heavyweight Don Bosco Catholic on July 12. North Tama split the regular season series with Bosco, and despite the heavy contigent of visiting faithful on hand, the Redhawks would win by the slimmest of margins, a 1-0 duel that saw its share of drama.
Brent Billerbeck lined a triple over the outstretched arm of the center fielder in the bottom of the third, and Jacob Wrage followed with a double to drive in Billerbeck for the game's only run.
The North Tama baseball team rode the momentum from an unexpected win over conference rival Don Bosco Catholic to a district title last weekend. The boys defeated G-R 4-3 to clinch a substate berth against BGM on Tuesday night. Here, the boys were at the top of their game in the close 1-0 win over Bosco at home last Thursday. Above, Brent Billerbeck rounds second, ending up with a triple in the third inning. Above right, Clayton Blocker scoops and throws to first to get a runner. Every out was precious in this close contest. Below left, pitcher Jacob Wrage deals in the fourth. Wrage blanked the opposition and struck out eight, a dominant outing.
Bosco did threaten the following inning, when an attempted squeeze led to the Bosco runner being narrowly tagged out at the plate.
Wrage pitched seven solid innings, limiting the offensively potent Dons to just four hits. Wrage also struck out eight without allowing a walk.
It would be understandable for the Redhawks to be a bit distracted following such an unexpected win, but with a district title firmly in their sights, they would not be denied.
The boys took advantage of defensive mistakes by G-R to earn the 4-3 victory and a trip to the substate game. Dalton Hulme laid down a perfectly placed bunt in the third inning to score Jacob Wrage, and the Redhawks added two runs in the sixth - both on wild pitches - and another in the seventh to seal the deal.
The boys took on BGM in their substate game on Tuesday night. Keep up with the action on the Star-Clipper Facebook page and in next week's issue!