IMS overcame an early deficit with some late heroics to knock off Mediapolis 6-5 in Southeast Iowa Superconference baseball Tuesday night in Kalona.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the first on RBI hits by Jordan Wagenbach and Chase Miller. That’s where things stayed until the 4th when IMS broke through with four in the frame.
IMS put together the rally in an inning where the first two batters grounded out, five straight IMS hits led the offensive barrage including RBI hits from Cameron Gingerich, Reggie Hostedler and Chris Perez.
The see saw battle continued the rest of the game, each team tallied one in the fifth inning and Mediapolis pulled even at five in the sixth, scoring two runs on a pair of wild pitches. IMS found another answer for the Bulldogs in the sixth as Dallas Nye, who had already made several sparkling plays in centerfield came through with the game winning RBI with two down in the frame.
Nye talked about his play in the field and what he was looking for in that at bat.
“We knew these guys were going to hit the ball, and they did that. They put a charge into the ball, you just have to try to read it off the bat and chase it down, use your instincts. We knew that Cameron was going to pitch hard and they were going to take the ball where it was” Nye said. “They had a good pitcher, he had a good fast ball, you just have to try to make contact, turn on it, and I happened to find a little gap there.”
Mediapolis threatened to tie it in their last at bat, after Jacob Darbyshire drew a lead off walk, Gingerich was able to strand him at 3rd following a Chase Miller strike out to end the game. After the game first year Coach Danny Hershberger talked about how his team answered the bell in the see saw game.
“I think we got a bunch of competitors on this team, they really love to go out there and compete, play really hard and good things will happen when you do that,” Hershberger said.
Gingerich posted the win for IMS to improve to 2-0, going all 7 innings, allowing seven hits five runs, four of them earned, striking out nine while walking two. At the plate IMS was led by Gingerich who was 2 for 4 with two RBI, Hostedler and Nye each had two hits and drove in one. With the win IMS is now 2-1 on the year and will next be in action at Van Buren tomorrow night.