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Redhawks display great sportsmanship by winning with class, giving back with David Johnson tourney

July 5, 2013
Dan Kopriva - Head Coach , Traer Star-Clipper

David Johnson tournament

The Redhawk baseball players and coaches were proud to team up with the Johnson family to host the annual David Johnson tournament. A college scholarship is awarded to a North Tama student in honor of David Johnson each year. The Redhawk baseball team receives money for the baseball program. The concession stand earnings are put into the softball/ baseball fund. The North Tama baseball coaches and players umpire a total of 12 games. The players also work the concession stand and run two score boards. It is a great way for the North Tama baseball players to give back to their community and baseball program. The coaching staff is proud of the North Tama players' hard work and enthusiasm for the tournament and our very thankful to have the opportunity to coach and work with a great bunch of kid's.

The tournament was held on Saturday, June 22, and is for 4th through 6th grade baseball players. The young Redhawks played outstanding and took third place out of eight teams. Shawn Larmore is the coach of the North Tama ball club. Former North Tama alumni Corey Zmolek coached a team from Davis County. The South Hardin little leaguer's won the championship.

Don Bosco Wins ISC

The 1A 4th ranked Don Bosco baseball team beat North Tama 9 to 2 on Friday, June 21. The win clinched the Iowa Star Conference title for the Dons. The Redhawks are in second place behind the private school. Jacob Wrage took the hill pitching 5 1/3 innings, suffering his second loss. Wrage allowed a season high five earned runs on six hits, three walks, while striking out five. Brody Hulme pitched 2/3 innings and was knocked around. Hulme gave up three runs on four hits. Brandon Kaufman threw the last inning and did not allow a base runner. Kaufman fanned one batter. The Redhawks managed just three hits but scored two earned runs. The two runs are the only runs given up by Don Bosco's ace Tyler Backes all season. The Hawks snap a five game winning streak and drop to 17-6 on the season and 8-2 in the ISC. The JV team came back late in the game to tie the Dons 2 to 2. The JV team is now 8-3-2 on the season.

North Tama Baseball Complimented on Sportsmanship

Despite the landside score of North Tama 22 CAL 1, the Redhawk players and coaches received strong praise on their sportsmanship from the CAL baseball head coach and athletic director. The two felt there has been some bad sportsmanship from several players and coaches in the league. The North Tama coaching staff was proud of the North Tama players and thought it was an honor to receive such strong praise on sportsmanship. The Redhawk baseball players have received many compliments on sportsmanship throughout the season from the umpires.

The Redhawks traveled about 100 miles to play one five-inning game with Iowa Star foe CAL. The game was played on Wednesday, June 26. The North Tama baseball club pounded out 23 hits in the slugfest. The Redhawk bench players were in the game early contributing to the victory. Bench players, Ben Panfil and Riley Rohach each ripped two singles, while Brian Zobel and 8th grader Cael Kopriva added a single to the assault. 8th grader Cameron Hoeg was 4 for 4 at the dish with three RBI's and three runs scored. Freshman Caden Stuart went 3 for 3, with three RBI's and two runs scored. Stuart pitched three shutout innings for the victory. Stuart struck out seven and walked two. Clayton Blocker pitched the last two innings allowing just one run.

Redhawks Take the Brooms Out

The Redhawks swept a double header from Northeast Hamilton and Hudson at J. L. Lister field on Thursday, June 20. The Baseball squad piled up 14 runs to beat Northeast Hamilton 14 to 4 in five innings. The Hawks collected 13 hits in the contest. Brent Billerbeck hit a single and a double to drive in three Redhawks. Caden Stuart and Huston Danker each hit two singles. Stuart scored three runs and Danker collected an RBI. Clayton Blocker hit a two run single and drew a walk with the bases loaded to record three RBI's in the game. Brandon Kaufman hit a single and had a sacrifice fly to plate two runs. Dalton Hulme added a double to the attack. Pinch hitters Ben Panfil and Riley Rohach each lined singles. Brandon Kaufman pitched four innings allowing two runs for the victory. Kaufman struck out ten batters and did not give up a free pass. Kaufman's off speed was too much for NEH, his change up was dipping and darting all over the place. Clayton Blocker took the mound and allowed one earned run in the last inning. Blocker whiffed a batter.

The Redhawks took the nightcap from NICL foe Hudson 4 to 1 to clinch another 20 win season. The Redhawks remain perfect against the NICL conference this season with a record of 4 -0. Jacob Wrage was the king of the hill with the complete game victory. Wrage gave up four hits and four walks and Hudson manufactured a run. Wrage sat down six batters. The Redhawks slugged eight hits in the competition. Jacob Wrage crushed a single and a double to score a run and drive in another. Dalton Hulme scored a run and had two base knocks. Huston Danker added two frozen ropes. Brandon Kaufman hit an RBI double to the fence. Brent Billerbeck hit a single, scored two runs and swiped two bases. Clayton Blocker put down an important sacrifice bunt to set up the game-winning run for the Hawks.

Redhawks Flash the Leather

The North Tama baseball squad was flashing the leather all game long against Colo-NESCO on Friday, June 28. The game was played at Zearing. The Redhawk infielders all made big league plays in the game. Defense has been the Redhawks strength all season long. Third baseman Brandon Kaufman went down to one knee to make a one hop pick on a missile hit to his left. Kaufman had plenty of time to get up and throw the runner out. Pitcher Dalton Hulme knocked down a hard grounder back at him that trickled behind the mound. Short Stop Brent Billerbeck came out of nowhere and bare handed the ball for the bang-bang play out at first base. Second baseman Clayton Blocker sprinted through a super slow roller behind the mound and threw the ball to first base at a very tough angle for another out. First baseman Brody Hulme picked a ball in the dirt to complete the great plays around the horn. Clayton Blocker has a fielding average of 1.000, and has not made an error in 68 chances. Brent Billerbeck has a fielding average of .950, which is outstanding for the tough shortstop position. Dalton Hulme dominated his second game in a row as a pitcher. Hulme pitched a complete game one-hitter allowing a run. Hulme racked up 10 K's. The Redhawks managed just five base hits. The Caption, Jacob Wrage scored a run, stole a base and hit two singles. Brent Billerbeck scored a run and drove in another. Billerbeck put down a bunt for a hit. Dalton Hulme and Riley Rohach each added the only other hits for the Hawks. The Redhawks improve to 21-6 overall and 11-2 in Iowa Star play. The JV team lost to the Colo-NESCO JV team, to fall to 8-4-2 on the season.



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