After racking up their third straight win and improving to 4-6 on the season, the Indian River High School baseball team suffered back-to-back losses, to Milford on Thursday, April 27, and Sussex Central on Tuesday, May 2.
The Indians were sitting on top of the Henlopen South division before both an early and late rally from the Bucs last Thursday dropped them to 3-2 in the division.
After starting the game on the mound in that game, IR sophomore pitcher J.J. Killen tallied three hits from the plate, one of them going for a double.
Junior shortstop Mark Smith had two hits for the Indians, but a six-run first inning by Milford would prove too much to overcome.
Killen would also get the start in Tuesday’s matchup against Central, holding the Knights scoreless through five innings until a six-run sixth inning gave the Golden Knights a 6-2 win.
IR junior Myles Clark and freshman Chase Hall would also see action on the mound in that game, with the Central comeback getting started when senior Trey Toppin tallied a two-run homer to tie things up.
Sophomore Kyle Briggs gave the Knights their first lead of the game when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and freshman Vonnie Toppin made it 5-2 on an RBI-single that scored two-runs. Senior Tyler Stanley also added an RBI for the Knights, to stretch the lead to 6-2.
Central pitcher junior Dorin Emerick earned the save in the game, while Kyle Briggs got the win and struck out eight batters before Emerick entered the game in relief in the sixth inning.
IR sophomore CF Jacob Anderson went 4-4 with an RBI, and freshman LF K.J. Custis went 2-3 for the Indians with a triple.
The Golden Knights improved to 4-7 on the season with the win.