The North Tama Lady Redhawks fought valiantly, but came up short in a district contest against conference heavyweight Don Bosco Catholic last week, ending their season.
The girls kept it close until the final inning, but ended up ceding six runs to Bosco and fell 11-1 in their second game of district action. The girls were riding high after a 27-0 thrashing of Meskwaki, perhaps the conference's weakest team, when they headed to Bosco to take on the regular season conference champs.
That's not to say the season was a bad one, however. The girls finished around the middle of the pack in the Iowa Star Conference, and had several players develop into promising future stars.
First year head coach Bob Cue was pleased with both the effort and the progress he saw from the girls this season.
"Our team batting average was .360, we hit the ball really well but we were really young," Cue said. "We only lose two seniors this year, one of which was a five-year starter [Sydney Fehr], so we're looking for good things to come next year."
Emma Knoop pitched far better than her 5-8 record would indicate. While her ERA sat at 5.16 once all was said and done in the regular season, Knoop found her control and pitched much better in the second half of the season.
Sarah Howard also provided some consistency on the mound for the Redhawks, finishing the regular season with a 4.39 ERA and a 4-4 record. Howard also provided some much-needed run production for the team on the offensive end, as she hit .438 on the year with 23 RBI.
Senior Sydney Fehr played a solid shortstop all season long, compiling just five errors in what is arguably the game's toughest position. She also batted .447 and hit three home runs, a team lead.
The player with the highest batting average this year was Allie Zobel, who hit .477 and had one home run and 12 RBI. Zobel also played a stellar center field with just one error on the season.
Christy Calderwood and Whitney Pokorny handled the majority of the other outfield duties this year, and hit .360 and .296, respectively.
Shayla Kopriva displayed good baserunning awareness this season, and used her speed effectively. She batted .383 on the season out of the second base slot.
Rachel Rohach split her time between third and first for the Redhawks, and made just three errors on the year. She hit .264. Shannon Stuart also handled third base duties, hitting .291 with a homer in 2012.
Courtney Stuart also filled in at second and as a solid utility player, batting .333 in fifteen games of action this year.
Behind the plate, Sam Zobel provided a consistent presence both as a signal-caller and as an offensive weapon. Zobel recorded 74 putouts on the season without a single error. She also batted .407 and drove in 14 runs.
Allie Zobel was recognized for her spectacular season with a First Team and Elite Team All Conference distinction.
Second Teamers include Sydney Fehr, Sam Zobel and Christy Calderwood. Sarah Howard was an honorable mention.
Despite the early exit from district play, Cue was extremely proud of the softball team this season.
"The girls worked hard and were dedicated," Cue said. "I couldn't have asked for more out of them."