IMS Softball Week 5

IMS 0, L&M 12

June 17th @ L&M

IMS Softball 

IMS faced 2018 2A state champions L&M at Letts last Monday night and lost 12-0 in four innings. L&M has a powerful lineup and took it to the field with very few miscues. They hit two homeruns, including a walk-off to left field to end the game. IMS had difficulty in the batter’s box, getting only a single hit from freshman Leah Bontrager in the third inning. She advanced to second on Katelyn Swantz’s sacrifice bunt, but was doubled off second when Suzanna Yoder hit a line drive back to the pitcher who snagged it and caught Bontrager off second to end the inning. Yoder had a busy night at shortstop with five assists to Mia Graber at first and a put-out at second from catcher Rubye Ney. Bontrager took the loss giving up nine hits and eight walks.

 

IMS 16, MEDIAPOLIS 9

June 18th @ IMS

IMS Bats Explode 

IMS swept Mediapolis in a double header at IMS last Tuesday night. In game one, IMS found themselves in a 6-0 hole after Mediapolis batted through their order the top of the first inning, capitalizing on two walks, two hits and two IMS errors. IMS got back three runs in the bottom of the inning from singles by Rubye Ney, Sarah Miller and Yani Gutierrez. IMS tied the game 6-6 in the second inning when Katelyn Swantz was hit by a pitch and Suzanna Yoder followed with a  homerun over the left centerfield fence. It was Yoder’s third homerun for the season and a new school record. Ney followed with a single, stolen base, passed ball and scored on Mia Graber’s single. IMS rallied for seven runs in the third inning when Esther Hughes led off with a single, Norah Yoder reached on an error, and Leah Bontrager, Katelyn Swantz, S. Yoder, Graber and Miller each singled. Mediapolis added two runs in the top of the fourth on a hit batter, stolen base, walk, two passed balls and a squeeze play. IMS responded with another run in the bottom of the fourth when Swantz hit a line-drive double to left field and scored on Ney’s triple to right. Two more runs came in the sixth inning when Swantz repeated a line-drive double to left, S. Yoder walked, Ney hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Swantz, and S. Yoder scored after two Mepo errors. Mediapolis scored a final run in the seventh from a hit batter, fielder’s choice and an IMS error. The game ended when a runner attempted to advance after the run scored and was caught at second on a throw-down from catcher Ney to S. Yoder on the bag.

IMS had seventeen hits for the night. Swantz went 3-3 with two doubles, a single, four runs scored and one RBI. Ney went 3-4 with a triple, two singles, two runs scored and three RBI. Yoder went 2-4 with a single, homerun, three runs scored and three RBI. Miller went 3-5 with three singles, one run scored and two RBI. Graber had two singles, one run scored and two RBI. Gutierrez had two singles and one run scored. Hughes and Bontrager each had a single and one run scored. N. Yoder and Grace Miller also scored.

Leah Bontrager recorded her first win for the season, allowing five hits, five walks and had five strikeouts.

 

IMS 14, MEDIAPOLIS 3

June 18th @ IMS

IMS Takes Second Win

IMS kept the energy charged going into game two of Tuesday’s double header with Mediapolis. IMS was the visiting team. IMS capitalized on walks, a hit batter, and an error to score five runs in the top of the first. Rubye Ney singled and Mia Graber doubled in the first. Mediapolis came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a walk, a single, a sacrifice and two IMS errors. IMS scored again in the second when Suzanna Yoder reached on an error, stole second, and scored on Graber’s double. In the fourth inning, IMS scored when Yoder led off with a double, stole third and scored on a passed ball. In the fifth inning IMS rallied for five runs by plating Esther Hughes, Norah Yoder, Katelyn Swantz, Ney and Graber. Mediapolis followed with a single run in the bottom of the fifth. IMS managed two more runs in the top of the sixth when Leah Bontrager and S. Yoder both crossed the plate and, when Mediapolis couldn’t score in their turn at bat, the game ended after six innings. “It was great to come up with two wins tonight,” said Coach Kathryn Ney. “Leah pitched really well for us in game two. Even though each team had their share of issues in the field, we came up with a total of 23 hits and 30 runs between the two games and I’ll take that any day.” Graber went 2-3 with a double, single, three RBI and two runs scored. S. Yoder went 2-3 with a double, single, one RBI and four runs scored. Hughes went 1-2 with a single, one RBI and two runs scored. Ney had a single, one RBI and two runs scored. N Yoder had one RBI and one run scored. Leah Bontrager recorded her second win of the season, giving up three hits, three walks and had eight strikeouts.

 

IMS 0, PEKIN 8

June 20th @ Pekin

Pekin Defeats IMS 

IMS and Pekin worked through two scoreless innings before a Pekin player reached on an error in the bottom of the third. Two more players singled to drive in runs and the inning ended with the Panthers up 3-0. Pekin added two more in the fifth and three in the sixth. Although the IMS defense played well, Rubye Ney’s single in the top of the fourth inning was the only hit the team could muster for the night. Leah Bontrager took the loss, giving up eight hits, four walks and had three strikeouts.

 

IMS 2, DANVILLE 19

June 22nd @ IMS CLASSIC

Danville Bears Rout IMS

The Danville Bears scored three runs in the top of the first inning off four hits, a stolen base and a walk to take an early lead. IMS fought back in the first with two runs of their own when Suzanna Yoder walked, stole second, moved to third on Rubye Ney’s single and scored on Mia Graber’s single. A few pitches later, Ney scored on Sarah Miller’s hit back to the pitcher. IMS managed four more base runners throughout the game, but couldn’t plate any of them. Danville scored three runs in the second and four in the third. Starting pitcher, Leah Bontrager, had to be relieved due to pain in her arm, so Suzanna Yoder took over the pitching duties for the final inning. Coach Ney commented, “Danville hit the ball well against us and we struggled on the mound. That usually makes for a lopsided game, which was the case today. I know that had Leah’s arm felt better, the course of the game would have looked much different. I’m proud of both of our pitchers who worked hard and did their best for the team.” At the plate, Ney singled, had one RBI and one run scored. Graber and Miller had one single and one RBI each. Bontrager had one single and Yoder had one run scored. Bontrager took the loss for IMS, giving up nine hits.

 

IMS 2, COLUMBUS JUNCTION 8

June 22nd @ IMS CLASSIC

Wildcats Take Down IMS

The Columbus Wildcats defeated IMS in the consolation game of the IMS Classic last Saturday, 8-2. IMS was the home team. Columbus scored three runs in the first inning off of one hit, two errors and three walks. IMS scored in the bottom of the third inning when, with two outs, Suzanna Yoder walked, stole second and scored on Rubye Ney’s double to right center field. Columbus managed two runs in the fourth inning and added two more in the sixth. IMS scored their second and final run in the bottom of the sixth: Ney singled, moved to second on an error, stole third, and reached home on Mia Graber’s hit to shortstop. The Wildcats scored their final run in the seventh inning. “We just made too many errors to give ourselves a chance in this game,” said Coach Ney. “We dug ourselves in deep in the first inning when they batted through their entire line-up on only one hit and we weren’t sharp in the field. It’s difficult to come back from that.” Ney went 2-3 at the plate with a double, single, one run scored and one RBI. Yoder went 1-2 with a single and one run scored. Sarah Miller and Esther Hughes each singled and Graber had an RBI. Leah Bontrager took the loss for IMS giving up five hits, six walks and getting three strikeouts.