Softball struggles against Cardinal

Jess Bender
Jess Bender

June 21–IMS 0  Cardinal 14

IMS hosted Cardinal of Eldon Tuesday night in a JV/Varsity matchup.  Cardinal scored three runs in the first inning and seven more in the second. IMS limited the damage when Rachel Miller threw out a runner at home from third base with the bases loaded. On the next play, shortstop Calli Shaw threw out another runner at home. Cardinal left the bases loaded that inning, but went on to score four more runs in the third. Suzanna Yoder and Rubye Ney hit two consecutive singles in the bottom of the third inning but IMS couldn’t score. Cardinal walked away with the win after three innings. “This was a strange night,” commented Coach Ney.  “None of our pitchers were healthy. Hannah was out with a sore elbow and neither Rachel nor Joya Schrock felt well. Suzanna hasn’t even thrown a pitch in practice all season, but found herself on the mound tonight in both games. Some players were in positions they weren’t used to playing. I’m grateful for the good attitudes of our players because it was a rough night for us.”

Defensively, Avery Blauvelt played an active role behind the plate blocking several balls. Jess Bender, playing second base for the first time, had three assists. Mia Graber, in her first varsity start this season, played a solid first base. Offensively, IMS had four hits compared to Cardinal’s six. Ney went 2-2 with a single and a double. Yoder and Alyssa Gonzales each had singles. Rachel Miller took the loss.

IMS won the JV game 9-8.  Joya Schrock and Suzanna Yoder pitched.