IMS 6, Danville 12
IMS traveled to Danville to take on the Bears on a beautiful evening for softball. IMS came out swinging, plating three runs in the top of the first. After Rubye Ney walked, Calli Shaw had a two out single and Jesse Bender walked to load the bases. Hannah Harris came through with a booming double to deep right center, clearing the bases. Harris was thrown out trying to stretch her hit into a triple to end the inning. Danville answered with three runs in the bottom of the first to even the score. IMS went ahead in the top of third, when Ney singled and Blauvelt was hit by a pitch. Shaw sent a towering fly ball to the warning track in left, which Danville’s left fielder hauled in for the first out of the inning. Jess Bender then hammered a ball to third base, which resulted in a force out at third. With two outs, Harris again came through, singling to score Blauvelt from second. Bender was cut down at the plate trying to score from second to end the inning. Danville again answered in their half of the third inning, collecting five runs on six hits. IMS tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth, to close the gap to 8 to 6 going into the bottom of the sixth. Unfortunately, Danville pushed across another four runs to lead 12 to 6, with IMS having only one last at-bat. In the top of the seventh, Blauvelt doubled and Harris singled but IMS could not score.
For the night, IMS collected 12 hits and five walks. Blauvelt was two for three with one walk and two runs scored. Bender was one for three with a walk, a run scored and a run driven in. Harris was three for four with a double and four runs driven in. Miller was three for four with a double and a run scored. Miller also had a sparkling night in the field, with two putouts, an assist and no errors. Blauvelt had another excellent effort behind the plate, throwing out a runner attempting to steal second. Suzanna Yoder played outstanding at third base, taking two hits away from Danville with excellent glove work. On the night, Yoder had three putouts and five assists, all without an error. Joya Schrock made a dazzling catch along the left field line in the sixth inning. Jess Bender played a solid game at first base. Harris pitched well, yielding only three walks and picking up a strikeout.
IMS hosts the IMS classic on Saturday, opening with Keota at 10:00. Central Lee takes on WACO in the second game.
Next week we will honor our lone senior, Jess Bender, at Thursday’s home game. Come out to support Jess and the rest of the team.