Lady Grey Ghosts battle at Mt. Zion Invite

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
DeLaney Coats swings away at the plate earlier this season.

The IVC varsity softball struggled with four losses but earned a win over Limestone.

The losses came from a road game at Rockridge and then three at the Mt. Zion invite.

“Unfortunately, we did not bring our best softball with us to the Mt. Zion tournament. We played some pretty stiff competition between Mt. Zion, Crete-Monee, and Olympia, but we are much better than we played,” coach Josh Clarke said.

“Once again, we did a pretty nice job making contact offensively throughout the day, but we kind of shot ourselves in the foot on the basepaths and defensively, making some mistakes that are not typical for this team.” 

Rockridge 8, IVC 3

Rockridge stuck it to IVC to score six runs in the first three innings April 23.

“Despite the loss, I was very proud of the way the girls played against Rockridge. It was definitely a test of their mental toughness and determination as the game was plagued with a steady downpour throughout the whole game,” Clarke said.

IVC’s three runs were not enough to come back and fell, 8-3.

“Rockridge is a very good program, though, and made us pay for a few mistakes we made in the field. While we were definitely getting hits, we unfortunately couldn’t get the big hits when we needed them,” Clarke said.

Megan Connor went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run. DeLaney Coats was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run.

Alayna King went 2-for-3 with an RBI and pitched six innings for four strikeouts.

IVC 3, Limestone 2

The Lady Grey Ghosts earned a win over Limestone Friday in a road game.

“The Limestone game has been one of the best games we have played all year. After getting beat pretty badly by them in our first go around, it would have been very easy to have come in the game with our heads down,” Clarke said.

IVC posted its three runs in the top of the first.

The Rockets had its two in the fourth but were not able to add any more and received the loss.

Tori Espinosa went 1-for-4 at the plate from a double and had one run.

Taylor Kimble went 2-for-3 and led with two RBIs.

Sam McIntyre was on the mound for the seven innings for three strikeouts and allowed only one walk.

“Sam McIntyre got her first varsity start and win, throwing seven great innings. Limestone struggled to get their timing off of her and she limited them to just four hits over the seven innings,” Clarke said. 

Mt. Zion 8, IVC 1

Against Mt. Zion in the first game of the tourney on Saturday, IVC fell 8-1. Due to a time limit, the game was called in the sixth.

By the third inning, Mt. Zion led 5-0 from one run in the first and four in the second.

Connor had the lone run for IVC and went 2-for-3 at the plate. 

King pitched four innings for two strike outs and McIntyre was on the mound for three innings and zero strikeouts.

Crete-Monee 7, IVC 6

The Lady Grey Ghosts battled with Crete-Monee in game two of the tourney but fell, 7-6.

IVC had a 5-4 lead heading into the fourth from two runs in the first, one in the second and another two in the third.

C-M had a three-run rally in the fifth to take the game-long lead. IVC responded with one run in the sixth but was not able to capitalize after that for the win.

Leading at the plate was Connor going 3-for-4, two runs, a RBI and a stolen base.

Espinosa went 2-for-4 and had a home run and two RBIs. Kimble went 2-for-3 and finished with three RBIs.

“Tori has been doing a really nice job since getting the nod in the starting lineup,” Clarke said.

“Really, I have been impressed with all of the underclassmen that have been asked to step into roles at the varsity level.”

On the mound, Alayna King had one strike out for 5.2 innings. 

Olympia 11, IVC 3

In the last game of the tourney against Olympia, both teams were held in scoring in the first two innings. 

Olympia put the first runs across home in the top of the third to lead 2-0. In the fifth, Olympia had another three and then another two in the sixth. 

The Lady Grey Ghosts responded with three runs in the sixth. 

Olympia added its final four runs in the seventh to secure the win.

Connor went 1-for-3 at the plate for a double and two RBIs.

McIntyre pitched seven innings for zero strikeouts and gave up no walks.