IMS falls to Pekin
Iowa Mennonite was flashing some defensive prowess from the outfield on Thursday night.
After giving up a run in the first inning, a throw from the outfield gunned a Pekin runner out at home, and another throw to third ended a threat in the third inning.
Unfortunately, the offense for IMS couldn’t duplicate, and left them on the losing end of a 2-1 district playoff game against Pekin.
“We did a fantastic job of competing,” IMS head coach Danny Hershberger said. “(Pitcher Tanner Leyden) did a great job of keeping us in the game and our outfielders had a few big plays to keep them off the basepaths. Our defense really stepped up these last couple of weeks, and was really solid for us.”
In the bottom of the first inning, Pekin got the leadoff runner on, and was driven in on a Keaton Winn groundout.
A flyout to center resulted in a play at the plate as Pekin tried to score on the sacrifice fly, but IMS got the out to end the inning.
Pekin tacked on another run in the third inning as a balk was called with runners on first and third.
In the fourth, IMS responded, as a bases-loaded RBI single by Brent Brenneman brought home Dallas Nye.
A flyout to right threatened to bring another IMS run home as Leyden was sent from third on the sacrifice, but a great throw got him out at the plate to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Peyton Miller led IMS off with a single, and after two groundouts found himself at third base.
A grounder to the shortstop ended the game, ending Iowa Mennonite’s season.
“When you gave yourself a chance, that’s all you can ask,” Hershberger said. “It’s frustrating, but we had a chance to score, so I’m happy with that. It just didn’t happen.”
Iowa Mennonite ends the season with an 11-16 record, and graduates seven seniors, all who saw significant playing time for the team this season.
“We are hopeful and excited, but sad to lose seven quality seniors,” Hershberger said. “It’s going to be a lot to replace for us, but we have guys who are working hard and have great attitudes toward it and want to get better. We are hoping they take the next step to be ready to go next year.”