The IMS Softball team came through late Tuesday night to edge Lone Tree in Southeast Iowa Super conference action by a 1-0 score. In a headline pitching match up IMS’s Laura Hochstetler and Lone Tree’s Maggie Schmidt both dominated the opposing line up through the first five frames. Schmidt sat down the first eight batters in a row and allowed just two hits through the first five innings while Hochstetler retired 14 consecutive batters from the 1st into the 5th inning. Following the contest IMS Head Coach Kim Wood talked about how important Hochstetler’s performance was in the IMS win.
“She was amazing, she is so stoic, she is the most stoic pitcher I think have ever com across,” Wood said. “She doesn’t get rattled she has perseverance she is just great.”
In the first real scoring chance of the game IMS was denied in the 4th when Schmidt worked out of a one out two on jam. Hochstetler returned the favor on the Lady Lions in the 6th stranding runners on the corners thanks to a great defensive play on a line drive by Kielah Brokaw at short. IMS broke through in their half of the 6th when Jacayla Litwiller drove in Naomi Miller with an RBI double for the game’s only tally. Lone Tree posed a big threat in the last frame with runners on second and third and no one out but a clutch IMS double play erased the threat and allowed Hochstetler to close the door. One of the questions surrounding the Lady Lions this season is their response to adversity Head Coach Tom Dickey talked about what he saw from his team last night.
“I thought our team showed a lot of maturity, I think last year we probably would have given up three or four runs in that situation,” Dickey said. “That is one thing I like about our team we don’t get to high we don’t get to low. Told the girls after the game that I’m really proud that when we win with class and when we lose we have class. They don’t get too excited one way or another.”
Both teams now stand at 1-1 on the season.