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IMS softball team wins at home Tuesday

By Bill Gatchel | Jun 21, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Joya Schrock stands on second base while getting ready to score another run for IMS Tuesday, June 20.

KALONA – The Iowa Mennonite softball team was host to the Danville Bears Tuesday, June 20, which ended in a 10-6 victory for the home team.

Danville got an early lead in the game as they scored three runs, but IMS responded by scoring a run in the bottom of the first when Calli Shaw crossed the plate, putting the score at 1-3.

Danville scored another run in the top of the third, but the IMS bats came alive in the bottom of the inning when two IMS runners scored on a double by Rubye Ney.

Ney would cross the plate on a double by Shaw and Shaw would have her second run in the game after a single to right field by Avery Blauvelt, giving IMS a 5-4 lead.

IMS added two more runs in the fourth inning after both Joya Schrock and Suzanna Yoder scored on a single by Ney.

After Danville scored a run in the fifth, IMS answered back by scoring a run of their own to keep the difference at three. IMS added their final two runs in the sixth inning.

Danville scored a run in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as IMS would get the win.

Coach Kathryn Ney told the girls after Danville scored three runs in the first inning to work at coming back slowly.

“I told them we’re going to chip away,” Ney said.

“Let’s now worry about scoring three right now. Just get one and they did that. But having a four-run inning was nice to have.

“It’s nice to have one where you feel like you’re breaking it open and get a few more runs than what you need.

“It gave us a little bit of a cushion. It felt great. It gave them more confidence and kept that momentum the rest of the game.”

The girls face Highland Thursday, June 22, starting at 7 p.m. and that won’t be an easy game for the girls.

“That will be a tough game,” Ney says. “Highland is always really strong. They are one of the top teams in the conference.

“We will do our very best against them. Sometimes when you play really high-caliber teams, it brings out the best in you. I hope that happens with us that night.”

The girls now have a 4-6 record for the season.

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