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IMS working in new position changes

GTNS photo by Doug Brenneman

Katelyn Swantz gets ready to run for second base for Iowa Mennonite School Friday.
GTNS photo by Doug Brenneman Katelyn Swantz gets ready to run for second base for Iowa Mennonite School Friday.

KALONA — A growing team is bound to make mistakes.

Iowa Mennonite School coach Kathy Ney has made recent changes to a lineup that has just two seniors on the team.

IMS lost Friday to Central Lee 13-1.

The home team took a 1-0 lead in the third inning with hits from seniors Suzanna Yoder and Rubye Ney and junior Mia Graber, but the Hawks scored two runs in the top of the fourth, four in the fifth and seven in the sixth.

“We had five errors in the last inning,” Coach Ney said. “Through the fourth inning, it was a fun ball game.”

Despite starting 0-9, Central Lee has won three of its last five games by the 10-run rule.

“They hit the ball to the outfield a lot and we have three new people playing out there,” Coach Ney said. “There was a lot of mistakes. We mis-played some balls that allowed runners to advance. The other team was having a great time.”

Errors are killing IMS this season as well as not getting consecutive hits.

“We’re getting runners on, we just don’t get them in,” Coach Ney said.

Leah Bontrager took the loss but didn’t give up an earned run. She did issue four walks, three strikeouts and 10 hits.

“I though she pitched great,” Coach Ney said.

The coach moved Ney from centerfield to catcher, Yani Gutierrez to third and has three new outfielders.

“I believe Rubye has thrown out every runner that has tried to steal on her,” Coach Ney said. “She has really helped us back there. Katelyn Swantz went into right, Esther Hughesis playing in center and Sarah Miller is in left. We have had a rough time in the outfield. I need Esther’s speed in center. She’s a good athlete.”

IMS is 0-12 and plays a doubleheader at Class 3A’s No. 3 Louisa-Muscatine tonight.