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Redhawks secure homefield in districts

July 10, 2015
Dan Kopriva - Head Coach , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama baseball team traveled to Green Mountain on Monday, July 29 to take on the GMG Wolverines. GMG is currently third place in the Iowa Star Conference. The Redhawks won the game 6 to 0. The Redhawks have to win the last six conference games to have at least a share of the Iowa Star Conference title. The Redhawks didn't get on the board until the top of the fifth inning, GMG pitcher Bridger Claussen kept the Redhawks in check. Caden Stuart led off the inning with a single. Brody Hulme reached base on an error. Cameron Hoeg hit a low rocket right back up the box, driving in Stuart for the first run of the game. The Jearley Bird, Joe Early hit a liner for a single to knock in Hulme. The Redhawks added four insurance runs in the sixth inning. North Tama had nine hits in the contest. Caden Stuart hit two singles and a double, scoring two runs. Cameron Hoeg was 2 for 3 at the dish. Hoeg scored a run and drove in three Redhawks. Brody Hulme and Cael Kopriva each hit a single and scored a run. Joe Early had a RBI single.

Cameron Hoeg pitched six innings of scoreless ball to get the victory. Hoeg allowed two hits on eleven strikeouts. Brody Hulme pitched the seventh inning and retired the side on six pitches. The Redhawks ace returns to the hill after missing three starts due to tendonitis in the front of the shoulder. Hulme has been healthy for a while but due to

rain-outs he was been able to rest an extra week to be sure of a full recovery. The Hawks committed two errors in the ballgame.

NT 11, South Hardin 2

The Redhawks defeated 2A South Hardin 11 to 2 at J. L. Lister field Tuesday, June 30. The Redhawks pounded out twelve hits in the game. Cameron Hoeg hit two singles and a double to knock in two runs and he scored three times. Cael Kopriva was two for two with two RBI's and he scored three times. Riley Rohach had two base hits, scoring a run. Brody Hulme drove in a run on a single. The twin dual, Joe and Will Earley each added a single. Will drove in two runs and Joe scored twice.

Caden Stuart flirted with another no hitter but eventually gave up a couple of hits. Stuart pitched a complete game and allowed one earned run, while striking out four and walking two batters. The Redhawks turned two pretty double plays and committed one error in the game.

Redhawks Down the Dons

The Redhawks played at J. L. Lister Field on Wednesday, July 1 defeating Don Bosco 3 to 0 on senior night. It was the baseball squad's biggest win of the season. The last time the Redhawks beat Don Bosco was in 2012 when the Hawks made a state tournament appearance. North Tama split with Don Bosco during the 2012 regular season and then beat them in a district game 1 to 0 with Jacob Wrage pitching the shut out. The win allows the Redhawks to control their own destiny while chasing the conference title. Due to rainouts North Tama will have five conference games with in eight days, however Don Bosco has much lighter load.

Brody Hulme was the star of the game pitching the shut out against a team that leads every school in the state in batting average by at least 20 points. The seventh ranked Dons were shut out for the first time this season in four losses. Hulme shutout a tough North Linn hitting team earlier in the year when the Redhawks won 3 to 0 in the Kubik-Finch Post Legion Tournament. North Linn is a number one seed in a southern district. Hulme's team took the field with confidence knowing that their ace was back on the hill for his first pitching start since his set back. Hulme scattered out six Don Bosco hits while striking out eight and he did not walk a batter. Hulme had confidence in a tough North Tama defense that committed no errors in the rivalry game.

The Redhawks had just three hits in the upset win. The action took place in the fifth inning, with the score tied at 0. Tristan Johanningmeier led off with a walk. Pinch hitter Conway Feisel came in to bunt and was eventually walked. Riley Rohach put a great sacrifice bunt right down the third base foul line, making a difficult play for the third baseman and the first baseman could not make the catch. Caden Stuart then hit a ground ball to the short stop who flipped to second base for the force out and Stuart was called automatically out at first base on a rule book controversy interference call on the slide into second base. Johanningmeier scored on the play to make it 1 to 0. Don Bosco elected to intentionally walk team-leading hitter Brody Hulme, which brought up Cameron Hoeg. Hoeg hit a shot heard round Tama county, a double off the right field fence to drive in re-entry Scott Morrison and Brody Hulme to make the score 3 to 0. Joe Earley added a single in the sixth inning. Don Bosco led off the seventh inning with two hard base hits, but Hulme whiffed the next two batters and the last batter grounded out to second baseman Caden Stuart for the last out of the game. The Redhawks are ranked 14th in the Coaches poll with an overall record of 16-3 and 12-1 record in Iowa Star action. The Redhawks will travel to Zearing on Friday, July 10 to take on Colo-Nesco. JV will start at 5:00PM with Varsity starting at 7:00PM.

Redhawks Improve to 17-3

The North Tama baseball team traveled to Dunkerton on Friday, July 3 and won the game 19 to 3, which sets their season high scoring record. The team agreed it was important not to come out flat after a big win against Don Bosco and they answered with their best first inning of the year! The Redhawks put up eleven runs in the first inning, on six hits, including two doubles, walked three times and reached first base three times on errors. The Redhawks tied a season high hits total of 12. Joe Early is swinging a hot bat just shy of hitting .500 for the week. Earley went 3 for 4 at the plate crushing a double over the left fielder's head. Earley scored twice and drove in two on the first inning double. Veteran Brody Hulme had a great night at the plate. Hulme hit a double and two singles driving in five runs. Hulme's double drove in three runs in the first inning. Hulme also scored five times. Cameron Hoeg continued his hot steak at the plate going 2 for 4. Hoeg is batting .607 (17 for 28) in the last eight games. Will Earley hit a single and had quality at-bats driving in a career high four runs. Cael Kopriva hit a single and drove in two runs. Tristan Johanningmeier looks better at the plate since returning from an injury. Johanningmeier reached base on every at-bat, including a line drive single up the middle. For the first time this season the lower line-up out hit the top of the order.

Cameron Hoeg won his team-leading 7th game of the year. Hoeg pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing two earned runs, four hits, five base on balls, while striking out three. Will Early pitched 1 1/3 innings and got out of a jam in the last inning of the five-inning game. Earley gave up two hits a walk but did not allow a run. The team had just one error and turned one double play. The young Redhawks defense has been much better the second half of the season as the team continues to improve in all phases of the game. The team improves to 17-3 and 13-1 in Iowa Star action. North Tama will travel to Zearing to take on Colo-NESCO Friday, July 10 with a 5:00PM JV start. Varsity will start at 7:00PM.

North Tama To Host

Three District Games

North Tama will host the first three rounds of district play at J. L. Lister Field, named after the former great North Tama baseball coach. The Redhawks earned the number one seed in the district, however Gladbrook-Reinbeck, a team that embarrassed the Redhawks in Reinbeck with a five inning 10-0 win could be a potential second round match-up, if the Redhawks win the first round. The first seed, for the first time in district play, allows the top seed the choice of visitor or home. The Redhawks have a record of 10 -1 at Lister Field. District play will start at 5:00PM Tuesday, July 14. The first game will feature BCL-UW against 4th seed Gladbrook-Reinbeck. The second game will be North Tama vs. 7th seed Clarksville. At Grundy Center, 3rd seed GMG will take on AGWSR. The second game will feature 2nd seed North Butler vs. 8th seed Grundy Center. The second round will be in Traer and Grundy Center at 7:00PM Thursday, July 16. The district final will be in Traer on Saturday, July18. The sub-state game will be played at Parkersburg at 7:00PM on Tuesday, July 21. The top teams in sub-state are Don Bosco, Denver and Hudson. Come out and watch the Redhawks in action. The baseball team has had a surprising, stellar season, despite five players deciding not to go out this year. Young players have stepped it up and upper classmen leadership has been incredible. The Redhawks have dealt with three injuries as well, however, the team is 100 percent healthy right now. The coaching staff is so proud of the team's remarkable accomplishments and hope the team can some how keep the ball rolling.

North Tama Baseball Senior Night Presentation

The North Tama baseball program took time to recognize two senior players and their parents on Wednesday, July 1. Brody Hulme, son of Rod and Tracey Hulme. Brody is a pitcher and second baseman. Brody Hulme may be the best leader on and off the field that coach Kopriva has coached in his 19-year high school/professional baseball, coaching career. Brody has lettered in baseball all four years. Brody was named 1st team all district and all conference his junior year and second team all district and all conference his sophomore year as a pitcher. Brody leads the team in ERA, on base percentage and batting average. Brody's most memorable moment was hitting a grand slam against GMG in the 2014 season winning the game 4 to 2. It was the only Redhawk hit of the game. Brody will always remember all the Saturday morning practices the team put in over the course of his career. Brody would like to thank all the coaches, his mom and dad, teammates, and fans for their support. Brody will attend UNI in the fall, majoring in elementary education, and will play UNI club baseball.

Tristan Johanningmeier, son of Blayne and Lisa Johanningmeier. Tristan plays left field. Tristan is a two-time letter winner in baseball. Tristan's most embarrassing moment is getting hit in the face in a pre-game practice on a fly ball, unfortunately he missed many games because of the injury. Tristan's most memorable North Tama baseball moment was watching Conway Feisel trying to eat the bench in the dugout. Tristan will always remember the fun wiffle ball games he played with his teammates before batting practice. Tristan would like to thank his parents and sister for their support. Tristan would also like to thank his coaches and teammates for all the fun times. Tristan will attend Hawkeye community College in the fall, majoring in electronic engineering.

The North Tama coaches and players would like to thank seniors Brody Hulme and Tristan Johanningmeierer for all the hard work and fun times we have shared the past four years. The team would also like to thank senior parents Rod and Tracey Hulme and Blaine and Lisa Johanningmeier for all their support of the North Tama Baseball program. The players and coaches would like to take time to thank all the parents, grand parents, fans, legion coaches Dave Stuart and Jay Kopriva and the boys in the press box, Roger Janssen and Joe Kopriva for their support of the baseball program. The North Tama baseball program would also like to thank youth coaches Dalton Hulme and Shawn Larmore. Thanks to numerous coach pitch volunteers for developing the young Redhawks of the future. Thanks to the AD Patty Calderwood for all the hard work she does for the baseball and softball programs. A thank you goes out to game day grounds keeper Dave Stuart. Thanks to all the parents who work the summer concession stand. Coach Dan Kopriva would like to give a special thanks to assistant coach Jacob Wrage for his help developing players and the long, long hours of field maintenance.



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