IMS 13, WMU 1
IMS visited the WMU Wolves and came home with a 13-1 victory in four innings. IMS opened the game in impressive fashion. In the top half of the first inning, Rubye Ney reached first base on a walk, and Avery Blauvelt sent the second pitch she saw deep over the left field fence for an apparent two-run home run. Unfortunately, the first base umpire ruled that Ney had led off too early, resulting in Ney being called out and Blauvelt’s home run being nullified. After surrendering a run in the bottom of the first inning, Calli Shaw got IMS going again by leading off the second with a clean single up the middle. Jess Bender drove in Shaw with a ball to the right side, then Rachel Miller executed a perfect bunt to the left side to reach first base. Suzanna Yoder drove in both Bender and Miller with a double to left field and IMS led 3 to 1. IMS added six runs in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Bender and run-scoring hits from Mia Graber, Miller and Yoder. IMS put the game away in the fourth inning on another hit by Miller, along with a two-run single by Alyssa Hershberger.
For the night, IMS had eight hits and drew a season-high seven walks. IMS pitcher Hannah Harris allowed just five hits and one walk in four innings of work. Yoder played an outstanding third base, having a hand in six of the twelve outs recorded by the IMS defense. Miller displayed great range at second base, making two nifty stops in shallow right field. Catcher Blauvelt was solid behind the plate, allowing no runners to advance on steals or passed balls. Coach Ney commented, “We rebounded from a tough call in the first inning that had all of us feeling down momentarily, but we showed our composure by coming right back in our next turn at bat to put some runs on the board. Tonight we hit the ball long and hard. We had eight hits, including doubles by Suzanna and Mia, but there were at least three balls caught just inside the fence and Avery’s blast that cleared it. We showed a lot of energy in the field. We are starting to make some difficult plays look routine.”