Redhawks dunk the Raiders on the road

Softball notches 2nd win

North Tama freshman Briar Blake leans into the catch at first base for the out on Wednesday, June 22, in Dunkerton. Blake notched 7 put-outs against the Raiders while fielding. At-bat, she notched 4 runs, 2 RBIs, and stole 2 bases. Blake also stepped in as the relief pitcher – pitching a little more than 2 innings in which she struck out 5 and allowed 3 hits and 3 runs. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
North Tama sophomore Larissa Morrison hits the ball last Wednesday night in Dunkerton. Morrison notched 2 runs and 3 RBIs against the Raiders while also stealing 2 bases. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Sophomore Kinsley Even steals home in the chaos of a Dunkerton error while Briar Blake (foreground) heads to first on a walk. This scenario played out again and again for North Tama and the team took full advantage of every chance they got to steal home racking up the points in the process. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Addison Hochstetler (right) looks to high-five her teammate after sliding into home on Wednesday, June 22, in Dunkerton. Hochstetler notched 2 runs and 3 RBIs against the Raiders, helping to take down the Dunkerton team 30-9 and give North Tama their second win of both the season and in the past three years. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Pitcher Addison Hochstetler checks her wristband against a coded signal her head coach Kodi Hillman (not pictured) called out on Wednesday, June 22, in Dunkerton. Hochstetler pitched the majority of the game against the Raiders allowing 7 hits and 6 runs. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
The Redhawks softball team celebrates their win 30-9 over Dunkerton as they head to the outfield for a post-game meeting on June 22. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Redhawks catcher Jamie Jacobs smiles broadly as she exits the infield following the team’s win 30-9 over Dunkerton on June 22. Jacobs, the Redhawks’ leadoff hitter, notched 3 runs and stole 3 bases for North Tama against the Raiders. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker

It was a stellar night of softball for the North Tama Redhawks against Dunkerton last Wednesday.

With their bats smoking right out of the dugout in the first, the Redhawks resoundingly dunked the Raiders 30-9 in six innings – scoring 17 times in the last inning alone for their second win this season.

A good percentage of North Tama’s points came from stealing home due to a plethora of errors on the part of the Raiders, but the Redhawks also logged 13 hits and 15 RBIs against Dunkerton – a testament to the team’s increasing confidence at-bat this season.

In the team huddle following the game, head coach Kodi Hillman told her players they accomplished “a lot of really good things” against Dunkerton before focusing on what she felt they needed to “clean up” which included “not letting the ball beat us” while fielding.

“We actually hit the ball tonight,” Hillman said excitedly at one point to which one of the North Tama players jokingly answered, “We actually got hit by the ball.” North Tama was hit 9 different times by Dunkerton pitchers.

Offensive leaders for the Redhawks included Kinsley Even with four hits, five runs, and four RBIs; Addison Hochstetler with two hits, two runs, and three RBIs; Faith Dvorak with two hits and two runs; Briar Blake with one hit, four runs, and two RBIs; Larrisa Morrison with one hit, two runs, and three RBIs; Andi Dvorak with one hit, four runs, and one RBI; and Gabby Velasco with one hit and three runs.

On the field, catcher Jacobs with five put-outs and first base Blake with seven put-outs led the Redhawks’ defense.

Following a home game tonight, Monday, June 27, against Clarksville and a road game against Aplington-Parkersburg on Tuesday, North Tama softball is set to face the Janesville Wildcats on Friday, July 1, in the opening round of the postseason. The Class 1A Region 6 game begins at 7:00 p.m. in Janesville.

The Wildcats entered the week of June 27 with a 4-17 record on the season to North Tama’s 2-15. Janesville previously beat North Tama, 20-6, on June 20.