STC backstop on WaMaC second team

T-R FILE PHOTO - South Tama’s Jordan Bly blocks the sun as he looks to head coach Seth Koch for the signals during their substate final baseball game against Benton Community on July 22, 2020, in Van Horne.

A frustrating season for the South Tama County baseball team ended in first-round defeat in the playoffs to North Polk. Having lost their last seven games, the Trojans finished 10-23 and second-to-last in the WaMaC West Division standings with a record of 10-23, one year after making it within one game of the state tournament.

On Tuesday the WaMaC released its all-conference teams, and the Trojans got one player onto the second team and grabbed two honorable mention selections.

Making the second team was junior catcher Jordan Bly. Bly started all 22 conference games and hit .328 for the Trojans, collecting 22 hits in 67 at-bats against strong competition. Scoring three runs and driving in 12, he hit 14 singles and eight doubles. He had an on-base percentage of .357 and struck out just 12 times.

The honorable mentions for South Tama were both seniors. Mickey Wanatee, a future Central College baseball player, had a difficult 2021 season in WaMaC play. He managed eight hits in 37 at-bats, hitting one home run and driving in seven. He walked 10 times and was plunked four times. He struck out 11 times, and went 0-2 in three pitching appearances. He struck out 15 batters in 12 innings.

Matt Wiese started five games for the Trojans as a pitcher with a 2-2 record. In 27 innings of work, he allowed 30 runs (25 earned) on 51 hits and 13 walks. He struck out 20 batters.

Mickey Wanatee and Matt Wiese

At the plate, Wiese hit .262 and recorded 17 hits in 65 at-bats, driving in five runs and scoring 14.


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