Lady Grey Ghosts battle to the end

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Alayna King pitches against Metamora with Hailey Coats as backup against Metamora earlier this season.

The IVC varsity softball team had a good finish to the regular season after a victory over a 24-10 Washington team May 23.

The win was followed by an extensive 10-inning regional game with Galesburg May 26 but the Lady Grey Ghosts came up short to advance to the semifinals.

IVC 6, Washington 3

Two early homers put IVC ahead 4-2 over the host Panthers by the end of the first.

Amanda Bowen had the first hit of the game from a popup to right field. Haylea Johnigk followed with a sacrifice to get Bowen on second.

Megan Conner, batting next, fouled twice before connecting for the first homer over center.

Up next was Taylor Kimble for a ground single to center and DeLaney Coats slammed the second two-run homer over the left-field fence.

The Panthers were able to get two runs across the plate in the bottom of the half off a wild pitch and a RBI off a grounder to the shortstop.

In the third, Washington closed in on IVC with another run off a single to third to put the runner in.

IVC’s Hallie Shirley responded in the bottom of the half with a double to center and Candise Rudolph put Shirley on third from a single to right.

Bowen, up next, sacrificed fly but gave enough time for Shirley to get in 

for a run.

Coats in the fifth had her second home run of the game on her first pitch to make it 6-3 and finish the scoring for the game.

Coats was the leader at the plate from her two home runs. Taylor Kimble was 3-for-4 but couldn’t get a runner home.

Alayna King was on the mound for the win from seven innings pitched with four strikeouts. 

Galesburg 4, IVC 3

The IVC varsity softball season came to a close after a 10-inning battle with Galesburg May 26 in the first-round regional game.

The Lady Grey Ghosts finished the season 12-18 after the loss.

King was on the mound and finished with seven strikeouts to help with holding Galesburg through the 10 innings.

IVC posted its first run in the top of the first. Connor knocked one to center on an 0-2 count to put the run in.

Galesburg answered back with one of its own in the bottom of the half.

In the second, the Lady Grey Ghosts had an unearned run cross the plate for a short-lived lead until the bottom of the fifth when a Silver Streak runner booked it home on a wild pitch.

IVC had a scoring opportunity in the seventh but came up short when a double play was made by the Galesburg defense.

The game-winning run went in after the bases were loaded and a pop-up fly to left and the runner on third had enough time to tag up.