The #12 ranked Highland softball team stayed undefeated in Southeast Iowa Superconference play Thursday night edging IMS 3-2 in Kalona. The contest set up on paper as a pitcher’s duel pitting Katie Springer of Highland and Laura Hostedler against one another, both coming in at the top of their game. However, both teams would score in their first at bat. Highland put two runs on the board, helped by three first inning IMS errors. IMS answered in their first trip to the plate scoring once when Casey Perez drove in Demi Brezina.
From that point on both pitchers settled in and neither team could break through until Highland posted a big insurance run in the sixth to extend their lead to 3-1. Morgan Craig doubled to lead off the inning for the Huskies and scored on a play where she was initially caught in a rundown between third and home. Craig’s run turned out to be the game winner as IMS rallied in the seventh. Iowa Mennonite had the first two batters reach in the frame with Keilah Brokaw coming in to score but Riley Schmeider who represented the tying run was stranded at second when Springer rebounded to strike out the side. Following the game Highland Head Coach Carrie Wieland talked about her team finishing out the close games.
“It’s been huge, because we got behind a little bit against Columbus, and we’re not getting rattled,” Wieland said. “So it is a really good example of what I told them was exactly going to happen, and it did and I said IMS is going to come back to haunt you, because they are going to put the ball in play.”
Springer recorded the win for Highland going all seven innings allowing three hits, striking out nine and walking three. Hostedler took the loss for IMS giving up five hits, walking one and striking out five. With the win Highland improves to 8-1 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the SEISC. IMS falls to 3-4 overall and in conference.