Lady Grey Ghosts add two wins to the record

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC senior Hailey Coats pitches against Dunlap in the second game of the doubleheader Saturday.

The IVC varsity softball team went 2-2 in its last four games.

The Lady Grey Ghosts were able to get in four games but the doubleheader with Metamora Thursday was canceled due to weather conditions.

East Peoria 3, IVC 0

In IVC’s first game of the week, the Lady Grey Ghosts traveled to East Peoria March 31 for a 3-0 loss.

“When we started out our first three games, we didn’t play near to our potential. Against East Peoria, we were showing a brand new team,” coach Josh Clarke said.

East Peoria was held in the first two innings but then earned three runs in the third.

Alayna King pitched the six innings for IVC for three strikeouts and gave up only one walk.

Hailey Coats went 2-for-3 at the plate.

“I was very pleased. 

(I’m) never happy with a loss but I was definitely encouraged by our performance in that game,” Clarke said.

IVC 4, Farmington 3

On April 2, IVC earned a 4-3 win over Farmington at home. 

“We were able to put enough pressure on them offensively,” Clarke said.

“Again, our defense and pitching were able to hold up.”

IVC and Farmington both had one run in the first inning. 

In the third, the Lady Grey Ghosts earned another run to give them the game long lead and then put in another two runs in the sixth.

Farmington posted two runs in the top of the seventh but wasn’t able to top IVC.

Taylor Kimble went 2-for-2 at the plate and had one RBI.

Pitching was King for the seven innings for two strikeouts.

“Alayna (King) pitched a really nice ball game and our defense did everything that was needed,” Clarke said.

IVC 3, Dunlap 0

In the first game of the doubleheader with Dunlap Saturday at home, the Lady Grey Ghosts came out on top for a 3-0 win.

It was a scoreless game until the third inning when IVC posted its first run. IVC scored its last two in the sixth.

King pitched the seven innings for two strikeouts and gave up one walk.

DeLaney Coats went 1-for-3 at the plate and was able to get a double off of the play.

Dunlap 9, IVC 6

In the second game, IVC fell 9-6 to the Eagles.

“I was definitely encouraged by the way our girls battled,” Clarke said. “Unfortunately, when it was all said and done, we came up short in the long run.”

Dunlap came out in the first inning to post two runs but IVC answered back in the second to get five in.

In the third, Dunlap added another three runs to its score and held IVC to zero.

Neither scored in the fifth but Dunlap put two on the board in the sixth and IVC had one to make it 7-6.

The Eagles were able to get two more across the plate in the seventh.

Hailey Coats pitched for 4.3 innings for five strikeouts and four walks.

DeLaney Coats went 1-for-2 at the plate and had a home run.

Amanda Bowen went 1-for-3 and had two stolen bases.

“We put some swings on the ball and definitely hit the ball hard,” Clarke said.

The Lady Grey Ghosts next home game will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Notre Dame.

“We’re going to continue to improve. The goal is to constantly be improving to get ready for the postseason,” Clarke said.