Softball loses heartbreaker in the seventh

Calli Shaw
Calli Shaw
CJ Hannah
Hannah Harris

June 7–IMS 11  Columbus Junction 12

IMS traveled to Columbus Junction Tuesday night and played a tremendous game before falling by a run in the bottom of the seventh. IMS came out swinging as Suzanna Yoder led off with a hard ground out to shortstop on the first pitch of the game. After Rubye Ney walked, Avery Blauvelt blasted the second pitch she saw over the left field fence for a two run home run. Calli Shaw followed with a deep drive to left center for a double, but was cut down trying to reach third.  The IMS rally ended when Jess Bender grounded out sharply to first base. Coach Kathryn Ney said, “We established an aggressive approach at the plate from the first pitch of the game. The top of the first inning was the best string of at-bats we have had this season. “

IMS held Columbus scoreless in the bottom of the first, and then continued their strong hitting in the top of the second. Both Rachel Miller and Alyssa Gonzales hit the ball hard but did not reach base. With two outs, Hannah Harris began a three-run IMS rally with a shot to the left-center field gap. Joya Schrock singled on the first pitch of her at-bat, advancing Alyssa Hershberger (courtesy runner) to third. Yoder then walked, loading the bases for Ney, who sent the first pitch into left field for a two-run single. Blauvelt followed with another deep shot to left field. This one stayed in the yard, but plated Ney and gave IMS a 5-0 lead. Columbus came back in the bottom of third, stringing together five consecutive hits and scoring four runs. IMS avoided worse damage by completing two fantastic plays at third base. Yoder fielded a ground ball at third, threw the runner out to Jess Bender at first, who then fired it back to Yoder to pick off a runner advancing to third. IMS answered in the top of the fourth by pushing across four runs without a hit. Four walks and aggressive base running by IMS resulted in a 9-4 score. Harris, backed by a strong defense, held Columbus scoreless for the next three innings. Meanwhile, IMS picked up another run when Ney walked and eventually scored on a series of passed balls. Going into the bottom of the seventh, the score stood IMS 11, Columbus 4.  Then the Columbus bats reawakened, coming up with seven hits scoring eight runs for the victory.

Blauvelt had a huge night for IMS with a home run, triple, two runs scored and four RBI.  Ney scored four runs on two hits and two walks. Shaw hit a triple and single in four at-bats. Harris had a triple and a deep fly-out to left field. Schrock and Yoder scored two runs each. The entire IMS line-up was aggressive at the plate, drawing six walks and having only one strikeout on the night. Harris pitched a solid game allowing only one walk.

IMS lost the JV game 6-3.  Rachel Miller pitched.