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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 21, 2014

IMS baseball wins three at IMS Classic

By Aaron Viner | Jun 30, 2014
Photo by: Aaron Viner Tyler Messer went 4-for-4 in the final game of the weekend for Iowa Mennonite, as they beat Danville 7-2. IMS won three games over the weekend and have now won four of its last five.

After a come-from-behind win against Columbus on Thursday night, Iowa Mennonite baseball took three of four games at the tournament they hosted over the weekend.
IMS used a sweep of Wapello on Friday evening and then a 7-2 win over Danville in the second game on Saturday to pick up their third win. The only loss of the weekend came to Keokuk, 13-5, on Saturday.
“We had some good wins to end the week, and it’s beginning to help our confidence going into the final two weeks of the season and then postseason,” IMS head coach Danny Hershberger said. “We had a lot of tough games where we came out on the short end, but now we are able to turn it around and get a couple big wins this week. I think we have some good, positive momentum going.”
In the first game against Wapello, IMS used a five-run second inning to take an early lead, and wouldn’t give it up.
A three-run fifth and four-run sixth gave Iowa Mennonite a 12-4 victory.
In that game, the team was led two-RBI performances by Reggie Hostettler and Lane Schrock, while IMS racked up nine hits in the game.
In game two, IMS picked up eight hits and used a two-run seventh inning to secure the 4-1 victory over Wapello, completing the sweep.
Dallas Nye and Kirby Shetler both had two RBIs in the second game, while Tanner Leyden pitched a three-hitter to pick up the victory.
On Saturday, IMS scored five runs on five hits in the first game against Keokuk, but the Chiefs were too strong to overcome as they took the win 13-5.
In the second game on Saturday, IMS picked up 10 hits, led by Tyler Messer’s 4-for-4 night, while Hostetler and Schrock combined to throw a two-hitter in the 7-1 victory.
“Top to bottom, our lineup has started to hit the ball well,” Hershberger said. “At the start of the year it seemed like the top of the order was hitting and the bottoms struggled, but now all of them have stepped up and are hitting the ball well.”
The team’s recent hot streak has them winning four of their last five games, but the first of the stretch (against Columbus) is the game that really boosted their confidence, according to Hershberger.
“That was a turning point for us,” Hershberger said. “We were down and we were able to put together a couple good innings to finish that game. I think that helped set us up for a good weekend and now we just need to keep carrying that on. We just need to keep our mental focus, because if you don’t have your head in the game at a certain time, it will come back to get you.”
IMS takes on Winfield-Mt. Union at 5:30 on Monday night.

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