IMS 3, WAPELLO 14
June 24th @ Wapello
IMS Softball Loses at Wapello
IMS traveled to Wapello on a beautiful summer evening and lost 14-3 in five innings. The Arrows got on the board first with three runs in the first inning, but IMS came right back in the top of the second to tie the game. Leading off the second inning was Sarah Miller who drove a clean single to right field. Yani Gutierrez walked to put runners at first and second. Esther Hughes plated Grace Miller, running for S. Miller, with a beautiful bunt and an overthrow. Later, with runners on second and third, Katelyn Swantz drove in the second run of the inning when the Wapello shortstop misplayed a ground ball to score Gutierrez. After a walk to Yoder to load the bases, Rubye Ney was hit by a pitch which scored Hughes. IMS stranded three runners on base that inning. The Arrows broke it open in the third with seven runs.
On the night, Hughes had two well executed bunts that got her on base and a hard fly ball that was caught in center field. Mia Graber lined a double to right center field. Sarah Miller had three quality at-bats that included a deep fly ball to center that was misplayed into a two-base error. S. Yoder played a solid game at shortstop with two put-outs and three assists. Ney threw out a base runner stealing and later tagged a runner between first and second, but the call was missed by the umpires. Bontrager was hit by a rocket line drive on her glove hand, but managed to complete the game on the mound. Bontrager took the loss for IMS, giving up ten hits and had one strikeout.
IMS 1, WMU 4
June 25th @ Winfield
WMU Softball Defeats IMS
IMS took a 4-1 loss in a weather-shortened game at Winfield Tuesday night. IMS scored first in the top of the first when Suzanna Yoder reached on an error, stole second and third, and scored on an error. Rubye Ney followed by reaching on an error, stole second, advanced to third on Mia Graber’s sacrifice bunt, but was left stranded on third. In the second inning, Esther Hughes bunted for a hit, advanced to second on a wild pitch, reached third on Katelyn Swantz’s sacrifice bunt, but was left stranded. WMU scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the second inning on two hits. The game was cut short after 4 1/2 innings of play when a storm rolled in. Leah Bontrager took the loss for IMS, giving up four hits, walking three and striking out two.
IMS 11, COLUMBUS 3
June 27th @ IMS
Senior Night Ends with a Victory
The energy level was high for the IMS softball team on Senior Night, beating Columbus Junction at home by the score of 11-3. After the JV team won their game handily, seniors Rubye Ney and Suzanna Yoder were honored by the coaches and fans for their five seasons of softball. You can read their Senior Night recognitions below.
Paul Bender and Kevin Fritz threw out the ceremonial first pitch in recognition of their support of the softball program. Paul and Kevin have provided the team with refreshments game after game and have been faithful fans no matter how far we travel. To celebrate the softball program’s history, retro jerseys were available for the fans to wear. The crowd learned entertaining facts about seniors Ney and Yoder through trivia game played throughout the evening.
Capping off a festive atmosphere, the IMS softball team won by a convincing score in four and a half innings, as the game was shortened by a fast moving thunderstorm. The IMS offense created its own thunder and lightning, striking for seven hits and eleven runs, led by Sarah Miller’s pair of singles. Everyone in the line up scored at least once. Senior shortstop Suzanna Yoder turned in a sparkling defensive effort, accounting for seven outs in the rain-abbreviated game. Senior catcher Rubye Ney threw out a runner attempting to steal. Freshman centerfielder Esther Hughes made a diving catch in the final inning. Leah Bontrager pitched an excellent game, striking out four and working out of a tough jam in the top of the fourth inning. She also recorded her first no-hitter. All in all, it was a great night for IMS Softball!
Tonight we want to honor our two seniors!
Our first senior is shortstop, SUZANNA YODER. Suzanna is the daughter of John and Holly Blosser Yoder. She has two older brothers who also graduated from IMS: Jacob in 2010 and Nicolas in 2013.
While at IMS, Suzanna has been involved in softball, volleyball, basketball, track, Compassion Club, Y-Co, drama and National Honor Society. She is a member of West Union Mennonite’s MYF.
Here are words from the coaches: “Suzanna has been a force to be reckoned with for the past five seasons. Her quickness and strength have given IMS stolen bases and put-outs that would not have happened otherwise. Her focus has given the team leadership and momentum. She has been a solid fielder both at 3rd base and shortstop for five seasons and she has been fantastic on the base paths with her speed. She has always taken time to teach younger players the game. She’s kind, smart and athletic. We will miss her tremendously.”
This fall Suzanna will be attending Goshen College on a scholarship for basketball and track. Her major is undecided. Suzanna, thank you for bringing your athletic talents to IMS!
Our second senior is catcher, RUBYE NEY. Rubye is the daughter of Kathryn and Randall Ney. She has three older siblings who also graduated from IMS: Hannah in 2007, Levi in 2008 and Jesse in 2009.
While at IMS, Rubye has been involved in softball, volleyball, basketball, track, Compassion Club, Yearbook Staff, Y-Co, drama, Chapel Committee and National Honor Society. She is a member of West Union Mennonite’s MYF.
Here’s what the coaches have to say about Rubye: “We have been entertained watching Rubye fly around center field, make some amazing catches and throw runners out at the plate. She is a determined and knowledgeable player, always giving her best to the team. She has been a leader on the field. Halfway through this season she transitioned from centerfielder to catcher and surprised us by throwing out several runners on the base paths and making plays at the plate. We’re grateful to her for making the change her senior year. Offensively, she has had a consistently strong batting average and on-base percentage each year that she has played. Her speed has given us extra bases. We will miss her a great deal next year as well!”
Rubye will be attending the University of Iowa this fall where she will study journalism and international studies. Thank you for a fun five seasons of softball, Rubye!