Lady Grey Ghosts compete with Notre Dame, Brimfield

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Haylea Johnigk darts down the first baseline earlier this season. Johnigk went 2-for-3 at the plate against Brimfield.

The IVC varsity girls softball team suffered two losses to Brimfield and Notre Dame.

The battle with Brimfield ended in a 6-5 loss and facing a competitive Notre Dame team left the Lady Grey Ghosts with a 10-1 loss. 

Brimfield 6, IVC 5

The home game with Brimfield looked to be a sure win in the first half of the game but after the seventh, the score was tied at 5-5 to head into an extra inning.

“It was a really tough one to lose. The girls came out and really just gave it everything they had. They played just a fantastic softball game. We kind of had them on the ropes and basically they were able to get one on us,” coach Josh Clarke said.

IVC had the early jump on Brimfield to take the lead after the second, 3-0.

Brimfield earned its first run in the fourth and 

added another two in the top of the fifth for a tie ball game at 3-3.

IVC answered back with a run in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead once more but Brimfield had a two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

The Lady Grey Ghosts were able to tie it up at 7-7 to head into the eighth inning.

Brimfield edged out IVC in the eighth scoring a run and holding IVC to zero for the win.

“Again, I give all my girls all the credit in the world,” Clarke said. “They fought back and tied it in the seventh and unfortunately we fell short in the eighth.”

Alayna King pitched the eight innings for two strikeouts. King went 2-for-4 at the plate.

“(King) is doing a really nice job. She’s continuing to improve all the time and she is definitely showing that. She has an assortment of different pitches to keep the opponents off balance,” Clarke said.

Haylea Johnigk led IVC at the plate, going 2-for-3 from a double and a triple with two runs scored.

Notre Dame 10, IVC 1

Against the Irish at home April 9, IVC fell 10-1.

Notre Dame earned an early lead on the Lady Grey Ghosts with five runs in the first and added another two in the second.

“It was one of those situations when we didn’t play our sharpest game. (Notre Dame) did a fantastic job of hitting that day. We did find some opportunities to put it on their offense and defense,” Clarke said.

In the third, Sam McIntyre was able to get IVC’s lone run across the plate from senior Amanda Bowen’s RBI.

IVC’s defense improved throughout the game and was able to hold Notre Dame to three runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Bowen led at the plate going 2-for-4 and McIntyre had a double.

King pitched the seven innings for five strikeouts and allowed just one walk.

“King did a nice job on their batters but the middle of their line up — we just couldn’t figure out what to do. Really, it was right in the middle of their order that really burned us badly,” Clarke said.

The Lady Grey Ghosts next home game will be at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday against Limestone.