Softball Update


June 3rd @ IMS

IMS Softball Loses to Wapello 15-2

Suzanna Yoder blasted a homerun over the center field fence in the top of the third inning to put IMS on the board. It was Yoder’s first varsity homerun and a highlight of the game for IMS. “We have been waiting for this from Suzanna,” said Coach Kathryn Ney. “We know she has the potential. She is having her best hitting season ever, her senior year.” Yoder also scored both runs for IMS, the second coming in the fifth inning off a line-drive double by Mia Graber to right center. Graber was 2-3 at the plate. Defensive highlights gave IMS boosts throughout the night. With the bases loaded in the first and only one out, Meredith Blossom fielded a sharp line drive at second and fired to Mia Graber at first for a heads-up double play that ended the inning. Another highlight was a put-out at the plate on a perfect throw from center fielder, Rubye Ney, to catcher, Yani Gutierrez. Leah Bontrager took the loss for IMS, giving up nine hits.


IMS 2, WMU 6

June 4th @ IMS

IMS Softball Defeated by WMU

Mia Graber lined a double to right center field to plate Grace Miller in the fourth inning and put IMS on the board. Yani Gutierrez later followed with an infield hit to score Graber and round out the scoring for IMS. Suzanna Yoder and Sarah Miller each had singles. Defensively, Yoder had a solid night at shortstop and Rubye Ney ran down four flies in center field. Coach Ney said, “In each game we play, we’re getting closer to where we need to be. Tonight Leah pitched a complete game and felt stronger on the mound. Our defense had less errors, but still had too many. I’m confident that with time and experience, we’ll get there. This is a building year.” Leah Bontrager took the loss for IMS, allowing seven hits, four walks and five strikeouts. Only three of the runs were earned.



June 5th @ West Burlington

IMS Softball Takes Loss at WB/ND

WB/ND scored seven runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. They went on to score twice in the fourth and again in the fifth, this time with a walk off homerun by Lauren Summers to end the game in five innings. IMS faced a tough pitcher in Summers and, as a result, had only two hits and three base runners. Sarah Miller singled in the second, Rubye Ney bunted for a hit in the fourth, and Norah Yoder walked in the fifth. A defensive highlight came in the second inning. Katelyn Swantz caught a line drive at third base and fired to Mia Graber at first to catch the runner off the bag for a double play. Leah Bontrager took the loss for IMS.

During the JV game, IMS completed a rare triple play. With the bases loaded and no outs, catcher Abby Fritz fielded the ball, touched home plate for the first out and fired to Norah Yoder at first to for the second out. As Yoder threw the ball back to Swantz on the mound, the runner on second base broke for third. Swantz made a nice throw to Sarah Miller for the tag and the triple play.



June 6th @ Columbus Junction

IMS Softball Falls Just Short in 7th Inning Loss

The IMS bats were hot in Columbus Junction last Thursday night. The team combined for ten hits and plated six runs in their best offensive show of the season. In the first inning, Rubye Ney singled and was brought home on Mia Graber’s double. Graber moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Wildcat error. In the second inning, Suzanna Yoder sent a bomb over the center field fence, scoring Esther Hughes who got on base on a fielder’s choice. It was Yoder’s second homerun this season. Ney continued the second inning rally with a single, a stolen base and two overthrows to score. Graber doubled and was stranded on third to end the inning. IMS’s final run came in the fourth. With two outs, Yoder tripled and scored one pitch later on Ney’s double. In the seventh inning and with the score tied at 6-6, Yoder doubled but was left stranded at third. The game culminated to an exciting finish. In the bottom of the seventh inning and with two outs, Columbus Junction loaded the bases. The batter struck out, but advanced on a dropped third strike. A close play was made at the plate, but the run scored and the Wildcats came out on top, 7-6.

Yoder went 3-4 with a double, triple, homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. Ney went 3-4 with a double, two singles, one RBI and two runs scored. Graber went 2-4 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored. Yani Gutierrez and Meredith Blossom each singled and Leah Bontrager had one RBI.

Coach Ney said, “I’m extremely proud of our team. I was most impressed by the leadership of our veteran players at the plate and by our freshman pitcher with nerves of steel. Leah pitched her way through several tough situations and kept her composure when the heat was on in the bottom of the seventh. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.” Bontrager took the loss, but pitched a solid game for IMS, walking only two batters and striking out nine.