It was their last home game at Indian River High School. Or maybe it wasn’t.
The Indian River High School softball team was still hoping for home-field advantage in the DIAA state tournament headed into their final game of the regular season against Caravel on Wednesday, May 17, (after Coastal Point press time), but still made sure to send their seniors out on a high note in their final home game of the regular season, with a 10-0 win over Dover on Tuesday, May 16.
“There were a lot of different emotions — happy, sad, mostly both. It was bittersweet,” said senior shortstop Makenzie Collins. “It lit a fire, knowing that this could be our last game playing on this field.”
“We had to get hype,” added senior LF Sami Mumford. “We knew it could be our last game on this field; hopefully, it’s not, but we all wanted to do our best.”
Along with senior 2B Madi McGee, Mumford and Collins have all been with the team for the past four years in impact roles.
Never missing a game in all those four years have been McGee’s grandparents — Jay and Kathy McGee.
“Pop is my No. 1 fan,” said Madi McGee of her grandfather. “They never miss any games. It’s really meant a lot to me.”
After the Senior Night ceremonies, the Indians got to work, with junior CF Julia Bomhardt leading off the first inning with an infield single then scoring from first when a bunt from Mumford led to a Dover error.
In the next inning, freshman catcher Grace Snyder and junior RF Damya Williams would lead off with singles, before Bomhardt pushed the lead to 2-0 on an RBI and Mumford loaded the bases with a single to center.
Collins would tally her first of three RBIs on the day with a single after that, McGee blasting a deep hit to right that scored two runners and made it 5-0 before the inning was through.
Junior P/DH Marley Evans notched an RBI-double before the game was through, the Indians eventually ending it early on the run rule.
The win gave the Indians a 12-5 record headed into their final regular-season game, against Caravel. The DIAA state tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, May 23.