Softball Week 4


June 10th @ Highland

IMS Softball Holds Huskies in Check

Leah Bontrager

IMS played outstanding defense through four innings at Highland last Monday night. In the first inning, Leah Bontrager struck out two of the three batters she faced. In the first and second innings, Suzanna Yoder threw out two quick runners from shortstop and Bontrager handled two bunts flawlessly. In the third inning, Yoder made a diving catch on a soft liner and doubled off the lead-off runner on second to snuff out a scoring threat. Later in the inning and with the bases loaded, Yani Gutierrez retrieved a wild pitch from the backstop and threw to Bontrager to tag a runner at the plate and end the inning. Throughout the first four innings, Highland scored no runs and managed only one hit. IMS got on the board first in the top of the fifth when Gutierrez led off with a clean single up the middle. Meredith Blossom advanced Gutierrez to second by hitting to the right side, Norah Yoder walked to put runners at first and second, and Esther Hughes bunted and reached on an error to load the bases with only one away. S. Yoder grounded sharply up the middle. The Highland shortstop gloved the ball, stepped on second for a force out to get Hughes, but an overthrow at first allowed Gutierrez and N. Yoder to score. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Highland got on the board with a lead-off single followed by a walk and two well-executed squeeze bunts to score three runs. A deep fly ball to Rubye Ney in center field plated a fourth. The final run of the inning scored on a fielder’s choice. IMS continued to put pressure on Highland with two singles in the seventh, but couldn’t manage to score. Highland scored three in the bottom of the seventh, starting with a lead-off homerun, to end the game 8-2.

IMS outhit Highland 6-4. Ney and Hughes each went 2-3. S. Yoder singled and had two RBI. Bontrager took the loss for IMS, striking out two and allowing only four hits.



June 11th @ Montezuma

Montezuma Gets the Best of IMS Softball 

IMS jumped on the board early Tuesday night at Montezuma as Suzanna Yoder drove a stand-up double to right center field. She picked up third on a passed ball and scored on Rubye Ney’s sacrifice fly to center field. IMS also scored in the fourth when Mia Graber got on first on an error and scored on Sarah Miller’s double. Yoder went 2-4 at the plate; Miller doubled, Ney and Esther Hughes each had singles. Montezuma scored three runs in the first inning, four in the second and three in the third. IMS held them scoreless through the next four innings, but the damage was done. A defensive highlight for IMS came in the sixth inning when Yoder checked a runner at third base and fired to Graber at first for the out. Without hesitation, Graber fired to Ney at the plate who tagged the runner trying to score for the 6-3-2 double play to end the inning. Bontrager took the loss for IMS giving up eight hits, walking six and striking out two.



June 12th @ IMS

Cardinal Defeats IMS

The IMS softball team found themselves in a jam early in the game and couldn’t recover in a loss to Cardinal of Eldon last Wednesday at IMS. Cardinal took advantage of several IMS’s miscues in the second inning and managed four runs. They went on to score three more in the fourth and two in the fifth. IMS scored in the third inning when Suzanna Yoder doubled, advanced to third on Rubye Ney’s bunt single and scored on a passed ball. In the fifth inning, Esther Hughes bunted for a hit, advanced to second on an error, picked up third on a passed ball and scored on Mia Graber’s grounder to first. Along with hits by Yoder, Ney, and Hughes, Leah Bontrager and Norah Yoder each had singles. Bontrager took the loss, giving up seven hits, three walks and had four strikeouts. Only two of Cardinal’s runs were earned.




June 13th @ IMS

Lions Sweep Softball Doubleheader

The Lone Tree Lions swept a softball double header at home last Thursday night, 10-0 and 16-4. In the first game, Rubye Ney went 2-3 at the plate with a double and a single. Suzanna Yoder also singled. Leah Bontrager took the loss, giving up seven hits and getting three strikeouts.

In the second game, IMS scored twice in the first inning when Yoder singled, advanced to second on Ney’s fielder’s choice, and scored on Mia Graber’s double. Graber advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when the pitcher bobbled Bontrager’s hit. In the third inning, Yoder again led off with a single and advanced to third on an overthrow. Graber singled to score Yoder, advanced to second on a passed ball and later scored on a Lone Tree error. Graber went 2-3 with a double, single, RBI and two runs scored. Yoder went 2-3 with two singles and two runs scored. Bontrager had one RBI. Bontrager took the loss, allowing six hits, one walk and had two strikeouts. Only two of Lone Tree’s runs were earned.     



June 14th @ IMS

IMS Softball Defeated by Central Lee

IMS scored a single run in its game against Central Lee at home last Friday night. With two outs in the third inning, Suzanna Yoder hit a single, stole second, advanced to third on Rubye Ney’s single, and scored on an overthrow. Mia Graber also had a single in the game. Leah Bontrager took the loss for IMS giving up ten hits, four walks and had three strikeouts.