Lady Grey Ghosts earn five-win streak

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Alayna King prepares to knock one in the park at a home game earlier this season.

The IVC varsity softball team went on a five-game win streak with a successful defensive and offensive strategy.

Alayna King pitched four games and combined for 30 strikeouts. The Lady Grey Ghosts connected at the plate and put 50 runs in.

“Alayna King had a very solid week in the circle picking up four wins with Sam McIntyre picking up the fifth in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader,” coach Josh Clarke said.

IVC 11, Henry 1

At Henry May 5, the Lady Grey Ghosts had two big innings to account for the win.

In the first, IVC posted five runs and then another four in the third.

Henry had its lone run in the third. The Lady Grey Ghosts responded with another two runs in the fourth and after no runs were scored in the fifth, the game was called for the 10-run rule.

King was on the mound for nine strikeouts.

Haylea Johnigk went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored,  a stolen base and one RBI.

Jessi Tolly went 2-for-3 and brought in two RBIs. 

IVC 6, Morton 5

When hosting Morton May 7, IVC had another win over a Mid-Illini Conference team, 6-5.

“We got a big win over Morton on Wednesday, winning in walk off fashion with Jessi Tolly’s game winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh,” Clarke said.

The Lady Grey Ghosts outhit the Potters 11-7 and King finished with seven strikeouts to Morton’s one. King allowed only one earned run.

IVC posted the first run in the first inning and Morton came back with a run in the third and fourth. 

Heading into the bottom of the seventh, IVC was down 5-3 but a three-run rally gave IVC the win.

Amanda Bowen led at the plate going 3-for-3 and one run. Delaney Coats was 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs and a RBI.

Tolly was 2-for-4 and won the game with a walk-off RBI.

IVC 10, Bloomington Central Catholic 6

Against Bloomington Central Catholic in an away game Friday, a Corn Belt Conference team which IVC will see in the 2015 season, resulted in a 10-6 victory for the Lady Grey Ghosts.

“Our bats definitely came alive hitting three homeruns in that game and putting up 10 runs,” Clarke said.

IVC had an early jump on the Saints to lead 7-2 by the end of the third.

Two runs were scored in the first and four in the second. IVC had one more in the third when BCC had two runs go in.

In the fifth, another three runs were scored by IVC  and in the seventh, the Saints had a four-run rally but came up short for the loss.

King was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts in seven innings.

Coats led at bat going 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs.

Taylor Kimble finished going 2-for-3, a home run, a double and four RBIs.

IVC 6, Midland 3

In the first game with a doubleheader against Midland Saturday at home, IVC was victorious, 6-3. 

The Lady Grey Ghosts had its first four runs in the the second and had its last two in the sixth. Midland was able to get its three runs across the plate in the seventh but couldn’t surpass the IVC defense.

King earned the win with five strikeouts in seven innings.

At the plate, Tori Espinosa went 2-for-2 with a run, and two RBIs.

Megan Connor was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. 

IVC 17, Midland 4

After the first win against Midland, IVC came out for a 17-4 romp in the second game.

Five IVC runs were scored in the first and another two in the second followed by one in the third to lead 8-3.

After Midland put its last run across the plate in the fourth, the Lady Grey Ghosts offense came together for a nine-run rally to secure the win.

Sam McIntyre earned the win on the mound with one strikeout over the five innings.

Espinosa went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Tolly was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.