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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2014

IMS learning through year

By Aaron Viner | Jun 26, 2014
Photo by: Aaron Viner Eighth-grader Rachel Miller has been the main pitcher for Iowa Mennonite softball this season.

A 2-10 record doesn’t always exude confidence, but for a young Iowa Mennonite softball team, it’s all about improving.
“We are keeping our chins up,” Iowa Mennonite head coach Kim Wood said. “We all realize we are young and we have three to four eighth-graders on the field at a time and one senior. Our pitcher is an eighth-grader and she’s given it her all. If we lose, it’s going to happen, but as long as it is with every effort we have and not because we gave up.”
The two wins for Iowa Mennonite were solid offensive performances from the team as a whole as they put the 10-run rule into effect against WACO and Winfield-Mt. Union.
For the losses, two came in one-run games against Louisa-Muscatine and WACO, showing the team has the ability to be competitive. According to Wood, the team has confidence that they will be able to pick up a few more wins on the season that only has a few weeks left.
“I don’t doubt we can’t come away with a few wins in this second half of the season,” Wood said. “Our confidence is still high and we know everybody is giving everything they have. Next year, we only lose one person, and she’s a big part of it, but we have a lot of good people coming up next year. As we grow, it’s going to get better.”
With the district pairings announced for softball postseason announced earlier this week, Iowa Mennonite will be hosting Winfield-Mt. Union in its first matchup on July 7.  
Iowa Mennonite won that matchup 12-1 earlier in the year with Rachel Miller pitching a three-hitter, giving up a run and two walks.
Iowa Mennonite will have their work cut out for them going into the rest of the season, but the thing coach Wood noted was that the team needs to make sure they have a short memory when it comes to mistakes.
“It’s a lot of constant encouraging words,” Wood said. “Everything is positive at this moment. When they are young and they are sometimes making mistakes, practice is when we work on things, not during the games. We have learned that we need to let mistakes go and carry on.
“We have a little joke about a brick, and like our mistakes are like a brick. If you carry it with you, you will keep making mistakes. They are all learning to let it go and not be so hard on themselves, and there are a lot of girls with good chemistry who pick each other up.”
IMS will play Columbus on Thursday night in Columbus Junction.

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