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Redhawks tame Belle Plaine, 4-2

ALBURNETT — The North Tama baseball team jumped out to a four-run lead and held off Belle Plaine for a 4-2 victory in Tuesday’s Class 1A District 9 semifinal game.

The Redhawks (21-9) scored once in the bottom of the first inning and three times in the third in a game that endured a rain delay and forced the postponement of the evening’s second game. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (16-11) and third-ranked Alburnett (29-5) will play tonight at 7 p.m. in the other district semifinal.

North Tama managed just three hits in the win, taking advantage of five walks issued by Belle Plaine pitching. Ryan McLean’s two-run double was the big blow for North Tama’s limited bats.

It was enough to make a winner out of Hale Hulme, who lasted into the sixth inning before being removed from the mound for North Tama. Hulme, the hero of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Central City, allowed only two hits and two runs, both earned, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Izach Hensen got the final five outs for the Redhawks.

Tate Payne and Gabe Kopriva had the only other hits for North Tama, who advance to Saturday’s district final at 7 p.m. in Alburnett against either the host Pirates or Gladbrook-Reinbeck.