Lady Grey Ghosts season wrapped up

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
The IVC varsity softball team runs in after closing out an inning with head coach Joshua Clarke waiting by earlier this season.

The IVC varsity softball team’s season may have ended early with a 4-3 loss to Galesburg in the regional quarterfinals in 10 innings, but the year was full of high lights.

The Lady Grey Ghosts finished 12-18 and conquered some overwhelming teams throughout the season.

IVC was independent without a conference this year but will join the Corn Belt Conference for the 2015 season.

In the Corn Belt, the Lady Grey Ghosts will face Rantoul, Bloomington Central Catholic, Eureka, Fairbury, Mahomet-Symor, Normal University, Pontiac and Olympia.

IVC faced Eureka in its season opener March 28 but fell 7-3.

At one point in the season, May 5-10, IVC went on a five-win streak. 

The first was against Henry and was followed by a win against Morton and future Corn Belt Conference opponent Bloomington Central Catholic. The last two wins came in a doubleheader against Midland. In the first game, the Lady Grey Ghosts toppled the Timberwolves 17-4.

Throughout the roster, the girls were performing well at the plate and in the field.

DeLaney Coats powered her way through the season to tie the school record in homeruns with seven.

Coats also led in RBIs with 25, finished the season with 30 hits and a .421 batting average.

Tori Espinosa was next in BA at .361.

Megan Connor led in hits with 40 and finished with 22 RBIs to tie with Taylor Kimble.

Black Hawk College softball commit Amanda Bowen posted 25 runs throughout the year to lead IVC and led in stolen bases with 10.

On the mound, Alayna King went 10-14 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 84 strikeouts and gave up 48 walks.

Sam McIntyre was 2-2 at a 5.32 ERA and finished with four strikeouts.