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McIntosh squeezes in RBI in all-star series

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(Contributed photo by DANNY JENSEN)
Murray senior Danielle McIntosh follows through on a swing as a member of the Blue Team in the IGCA All-Star Series Monday night in Waukee.

WAUKEE — Danielle McIntosh had to adjust to two different positions, but still found ways to contribute at the Iowa Girl’s Coaches Association’s 29th all-star series games in Waukee on Monday night.

Due to a deep roster at pitcher and shortstop for the Blue Team, McIntosh moved to second base in the first game and left field for the second game.

Murray head coach Danny Jensen said the competition level made the speed of the game faster and skill positions like slapper hitters were more accurate.

The Blue Team lost their first game against the White Team, 13-6.

McIntosh came in during the fifth inning at second base. She went 0-2 at the plate with a fly out and a ground out.

In the second game, McIntosh started in left field and had an RBI on a suicide squeeze bunt, contributing to the 7-6 victory over the Red Team.

“She had a successful suicide squeeze, perfectly bunted to the right side,” Jensen said. “She doesn’t normally bunt, but she got that one down.”

McIntosh beat out the throw at first on the play.

She also made a catch in left field for a putout.

Senior year

McIntosh started her career at Osceola Clarke before moving to Murray for her senior season.

For the Mustangs she split time as a pitcher and shortstop. In 32 games this season she tied for first all-time at Murray with eight home runs and 16 doubles.

McIntosh also set a school record with a .908 slugging percentage.

“She brought back some needed respectability to the program,” Jensen said. “I attribute a lot of our success to Danielle as a leader.”

From the circle, McIntosh posted a 1.02 ERA and an overall record of 13-6. In 109 innings she fanned 144 batters and opponents batted .124.

On defense she had a fielding percentage of .922 on 77 chances.

“We are going to miss her personality and her work ethic every day,” Jensen said.

McIntosh plans to play for Graceland University in Lamoni.

Area athletes

Other area girls that played with McIntosh on the Blue Team were Allie Martinez of Lewis Central and Emma Ferrin of Martensdale-St. Marys.

Taylor Benshoof and Karly Olson were a part of the White Team. Moriah Bohlmann of Carroll Kuemper Catholic and Hannah Murphy of Earlham were on the Red Team.

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