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IMS baseball team wins over Danville

By Bill Gatchel | Jun 21, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Cole Ours leads off third base, getting ready to score the first run for IMS in the game against Danville Tuesday, June 20.

KALONA – The Iowa Mennonite School baseball team was host to the Danville Bears Tuesday, June 20, sending their opponents home with a loss.

Danville started off the baseball game by scoring a run in the first inning, but IMS would rebound when Cole Ours would score first in the bottom of the frame.

After having the bases loaded, Cole Yoder hit a pop to center field for a double bringing in Nick Yutzy and Reggie Borntrager.

The fourth run in the inning came on a Caleb Yoder double to left field bringing in Cole Yoder.

That gave IMS a 4-1 lead. IMS added two more in the bottom of the second, when Drake Brezina and Borntrager crossed the plate, putting the score at 6-1.

Danville scored a run in the top of the fourth, but IMS would add to their lead in the bottom of the frame when Yutzy and Noah Bruns came home on a single by Cole Yoder, who would cross the plate on a wild pitch.

IMS kept the Danville bats quiet in the fifth while they would make sure another run would score in their half of the inning when Brezina would score another run.

In the sixth, IMS would add another run on the board when Cole Yoder scored on a hit by Cambridge Hathaway and the final run of the game came from Eli Ours, forcing the game to end 12-2 by mercy rule.

Pitcher Cole Yoder got the win for IMS as he gave up the two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six.

Relief pitcher Yutzy walked one and struck out two during one inning on the mound for IMS.

Coach Danny Hershberger said after the outing, “it’s always good to get a win.

“We didn’t play our best tonight, but we played well enough. We hit the ball a lot better than we have, which was encouraging to see.

“When you do that, it’s more fun when you put up a lot of runs.”

The boys face Highland Thursday, June 22. Hershberger says it’s going to be a good challenge for them.

“Highland is having a good year and they had one last year. It’s going to be a big challenge for us.

“The boys are always looking forward to playing them.

“We want to be in tough games against good teams, so that’s what we are looking forward to.

“We are hoping to continue to hit the ball the way we did tonight.

“We’ve been struggling with that a little bit and hopefully tonight was a step in the right direction with that.”

The game at Highland begins at 7 p.m. at Highland High School.

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