Softball faces conference leader, Louisa-Muscatine

Joya Schrock
Joya Schrock

June 17–IMS 0  L&M 6

IMS traveled to Letts Friday night to play conference leading Louisa-Muscatine. In a crisply played game featuring outstanding pitching by L&M’s Haley Sandel and IMS’s Hannah Harris, L&M prevailed 6-0. Each team made strong defensive plays. IMS second baseman Rachel Miller made a diving stop to her right in shallow right field to retire a dangerous L&M hitter in second inning, while Calli Shaw made an impressive play on a deflected ground play. Catcher Avery Blauvelt threw out a runner at second. The outfield trio of Joya Schrock, Rubye Ney and Alyssa Gonzales played well all night, making line-drive catches and backing each other up. Suzanna Yoder made solid, consistent plays at third as did Shaw at shortstop.

Meanwhile, L&M’s Sandel was overpowering through the first four innings, racking up six strikeouts. L&M led 2-0 after four innings, taking advantage of an IMS miscue to plate one run in the first and adding a second in the fourth off a rocketing home run over the right field fence by lead off hitter Maddie Maschek. IMS began to find a groove at the plate in the top of the fifth getting two runners on base, but could not find a way to get on the board. IMS mounted another threat in the bottom of the seventh, putting another two runners on base, but couldn’t score.

For the night, Blauvelt and Shaw were both 1 for 3, collecting IMS’s sole hits. Coach Kathryn Ney was pleased with the team’s efforts. “We’ve been improving all season. Tonight we faced the top-ranked team in the conference with focus, knowing that L&M would take advantage of any mistakes. Instead, our defensive plays left L&M runners on base in the second, fourth and fifth innings, and Avery cut down a runner stealing in the sixth. It’s great to see the team making those plays.”

IMS lost the JV game 11-10. Rachel Miller and Joya Schrock pitched.