Softball opens home season with loss


MAY 23, KALONA.  The IMS softball team opened the season with a home game against Montezuma.  IMS found itself down early, as Montezuma plated three runs in the first inning. IMS Pitcher Hannah Harris settled in quickly after, retiring the next eight Montezuma hitters in a row while striking out three. Harris and the rest of the defense held Montezuma to one run on only three hits over the next four innings while the home team scored a run of its own, when Harris followed singles by Rubye Ney and Calli Shaw with an RBI fielder’s choice. However, Montezuma’s bats woke up again for seven runs on eight hits in the top of the 6th. Harris did her part to get Iowa Mennonite back in the game when she ripped a two-RBI single into left-center in the home half of the 6th inning to help IMS’s cause. Harris had all three of IMS’s RBIs in the game and that was all the offense that IMS would muster. Shortstop Shaw led the IMS offense in hits with a 3-4 effort along with a run scored to begin her senior campaign, and captained the defense with some sparkling glove-work in the infield. Sophomore center fielder Ney scored a run and hit her first double of the season down the left field line in a 2-4 performance at the plate. Junior catcher Avery Blauvelt also tallied a run scored as she looks to build upon an outstanding sophomore season, during which she earned 2nd team all-conference and made her name as one of the premier defensive backstops in the region. IMS head coach Kathryn Ney believes her team can rebound quickly. “When you play solid defense and make the plays you need to make, you will always give yourself a chance to win the game. I thought we did a good job of that tonight, especially in high-pressure situations,” she said. “But at some point we need to have a few hitting rallies of our own to put the pressure on our opponents. That’s going to be our next step for our team if we are going to be as good as we know we can be.” IMS won the JV game 5-3.