Springer pitches Highland past IMS
Highland softball was firing on all cylinders on Thursday night.
Katie Springer struck out Iowa Mennonite’s first seven batters in a row, as she strung together a five-inning one-hitter to give the Huskies a 10-0 victory.
Highland moved to 11-1 on the year, while IMS fell to 1-3.
“Katie had a great game and was hitting her pitches really well,” Highland head coach Carrie Weiland said. “They couldn’t catch up. I don’t think it was the speed but the change in movement. I try not to tell the girls that she is throwing a no-hitter, but we knew in the dugout she was and we were hoping for maybe a little bit farther pop up, but we are proud of her.”
Highland started off the game quick in the bottom of the first, as Cheyann Adamson and Bridget Murphy came around to score and give the Huskies a
In the second, Highland batted around, plating four runs, including a two-RBI single from Morgan Craig.
In the third, Cheyann Adamson used her speed and came home on a two-run, inside-the-park homerun.
Adamson finished the game 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
“They were being patient and waiting for a strike,” Weiland said. “They knew it was going to happen and they weren’t going to take any bad pitches. We wanted one pitch and if we settled in we could do it. We like both kinds of pitching, but tonight was pretty good for us.”
Springer’s no-hit bid was broken up in the top of the fifth with two outs when Statia Majerick beat out an infield single.
Majerick marked the only base runner of the night for IMS, as Springer only allowed the one hit and no walks.
“We were going to work really hard to not let them score a run,” Weiland said. “We know they can put the ball in play and they can hit, along with quick runners and I think we did a pretty good job of that.”
IMS will host Louisa-Muscatine for their next game, while Highland will travel to take on Winfield-Mt. Union. Both games are Friday evening.