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Highland completed a conference sweep of Iowa Mennonite with a 12-4 and 7-5 wins, despite one of Iowa Mennonite’s strongest performances of the year.
In game one, Highland was the away team and quickly got themselves on the board. Kylie Wood walked and advanced to second on a stolen base. A single to left field from Abbie Miller brought her in to make the score 1-0. Brylee Carolan singled to move Miller to third and an error on a Haley Sweeting grounder allowed Miller to score.
Iowa Mennonite got on the board in the first as well. Suzanna Yoder got on on an error and was able to score after an Avery Blauvelt blooper to center field brought her in.
Highland added two more in the next inning. Emily Yahnke and Sarah Schneider singled, Aly Stokes doubled and pushed the score to 4-1.
The third inning was a big one for both teams as they combined for 10 runs. Highland was able to nab six runs in the third as they played small ball to advance the runners. The Huskies had six hits in the inning and batted around. Brylee Carolan had two hits in the inning.
Down 10-1, Iowa Mennonite answered after Yoder singled and Rubye Ney walked. With two on and no outs, Avery Blauvelt blasted a three-run home run to make the game 10-4 and put some momentum in favor of Iowa Mennonite. Iowa Mennonite then loaded the bases, still with zero outs on the scoreboard. After they were loaded, three straight strikeouts from HIghland pitcher Megan Hoenig got them out of a jam.
The Iowa Mennonite bats went cold from that point. In the next four at-bats, Iowa Mennonite only had one base runner.
In game two, Iowa Mennonite came back to tie things at five in the fourth inning. With things tied at five in the fifth, two walks and an Aly Stokes single loaded the bases for Highland with no outs. With Abbie Miller at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Schneider to score from third. Iowa Mennonite was able to limit the damage to one run, with three straight outs.
Iowa Mennonite went down in order in the sixth and Highland added one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Iowa Mennonite was able to put the tying run at the plate after Harris walked, but they were unable to put the bat on the ball and the last two Iowa Mennonite outs were strikeouts.
Highland now moves above .500 with a 7-5 record. Iowa Mennonite is now 1-7 on the season.
Highland: 226 110 0 — 12
Iowa Mennonite: 103 000 0 — 4
Iowa Mennonite: 103 100 0 — 5
Highland: 131 011 X — 7