Softball Team Wins IMS Classic

Team Photo
Rubye Ney, Rachel Miller, Madison Higdon, Joya Schrock, Jess Bender, Calli Shaw, Suzanna Yoder, Hannah Harris, Alyssa Hershberger, Avery Blauvelt

IMS 12  Keota 3

The IMS softball team opened the IMS Classic in a game against Keota on Saturday, June 25th.  IMS was the home team.  After two assists from second base player Rachel Miller and a strikeout by pitcher Hannah Harris, IMS started their roll with the bats.  Lead-off hitter Suzanna Yoder reached base on an error and Rubye Ney followed with a walk.  Calli Shaw’s triple to left field drove in both runners.  Shaw then scored on Jess Bender’s double to right center field.  After holding Keota scoreless in the second, IMS again scored three runs when Joya Schrock reached on an error and Alyssa Hershberger singled.  Yoder and Ney each put the ball in play to score Schrock and Hershberger.  Blauvelt’s single scored Yoder.  In the top of the third inning, an assist by Shaw and two strikeouts by Harris put IMS back at the plate.  Rachel Miller singled, stole second, advanced to third on a Keota miscue and scored on a passed ball for IMS’s sole run that inning.  Keota scored three runs in the fourth inning on a single, two doubles and an IMS error.  IMS got back one run in the fourth when Blauvelt singled, advanced on Bender’s single and then scored on Harris’s double to left field.  In the bottom of the fifth, Hershberger was hit by a pitch and reached third on Blauvelt’s double.  Hershberger scored when Shaw reached on an error.  Bender singled to score Blauvelt, and Harris’s single plated both Shaw and Bender.  The game ended after five innings due to the 90-minute time limit.

IMS 7  Tri-County 4

In the championship game, IMS was the visiting team.  Suzanna Yoder led off the game with a walk and a stolen base.  Rubye Ney’s walk set up Avery Blauvelt’s two-run double to left field.   Jess Bender drove in Blauvelt to complete the scoring in the first.  IMS picked up another three runs in the third inning after Yoder singled and Ney and Shaw reached on errors.  Good at-bats from Bender and Harris drove in three runs.   IMS’s final run came in the fifth when Ney singled, advanced to third on Tri-County errors, and then scored on Shaw’s ground out.  For the game, IMS was limited to five hits, but managed to exploit walks and Tri-County miscues through aggressive baserunning.  Blauvelt was 1-3 with 3 RBI, Ney was 2-2 with 1 RBI, Shaw was 1-3 with 1 RBI, Yoder had one single and two stolen bases, and Harris and Bender each had one RBI.  Defensively, Pitcher Hannah Harris had a season high seven strikeouts.  Coach Kathryn Ney said, “Hannah pitched an outstanding game and our base running was excellent.  We managed to maintain our intensity throughout the day.  I’m really happy for the girls.”