Going on two and a half hours later, they still didn’t have an answer.
That was the scene when the Indian River High School softball team headed into the bottom of the seventh inning of their rescheduled game against Sussex Tech on Wednesday, April 26, trailing 14-10.
But despite a bases-loaded opportunity in which IR senior LF Sami Mumford would knock in two runs in on an RBI-single to cut the lead to 14-12, Tech senior pitcher Rylee Shockley would hang on for the save to eventually seal the win for the Ravens, in what was a much-anticipated battle between two highly-touted teams.
“We knew it was gonna be a ball game. We knew that both teams were going to hit, and we knew it was going to be a high-scoring game,” said IR head coach Erika Murphy. “Our girls have no quit in them. They showed us that today.”
“We were really excited for this game,” said IR senior 2B Madi McGee. “I think we played awesome, even though we didn’t win. We never gave up.”
Despite dreary conditions, the offensive battle saw a collective 20 hits and three homeruns throughout its complete seven innings.
IR junior 3B Braydee Whitman was the first to go yard on what would be her second homerun of the season, knocking in senior shortstop Makenzie Collins on a two-run shot over the centerfield fence to put the Indians up 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
After the Ravens would manage to take a 3-2 lead into the top of the third, the Indians would go up 4-3 on a triple from IR junior P/DH Marley Evans that scored two runners.
McGee’s homerun wouldn’t come until the bottom of the fourth, with the Indians down 6-4, on what was the first of her career.
“I’ve been in the weight room,” said the Del Tech-bound senior — who is not typically known for her power-hitting — with a laugh. “It was the first pitch. I swung and felt it going over. I was super-excited.”
The solo blast cut the Tech lead to 6-5, the Ravens going on to tally six runs in the fifth inning and IR answering with five runs of their own in the same inning to make it 12-10.
Tech senior P/OF Brooke Ward would tally the game’s third homer in the top of the sixth, to make it 14-10 in favor of the Ravens as they held on for their eighth win of the season.
From the circle, the Indians saw sophomore Nicole Patille pitch four innings and notch two strikeouts, with sophomore pitcher Abi O’Shields closing the game out and tallying four strikeouts.
The Ravens were without starting sophomore pitcher Taylor Wroten, instead seeing Ward and Shockley take the circle to get the win and the save.
The Ravens are set to travel to Pennsylvania to take on William Penn Charter on Saturday, April 29, while the Indians were set to take on Milford on Thursday, April 27, (after Coastal Point press time), in a game that held potential Henlopen South title implications.
Batting: IR — M. McGee (2-4), J. Bomhardt (2-5), B. Whitman (2-5), M. Collins (1-2), M. Evans (1-5); Tech — J. Calloway (2-4), R. Shockley (2-4), B. Ward (2-4), S. Lord (2-6), M. Watson (1-3), J. Tate (1-4)
2B: IR — M. Evans (1), M. McGee (2); Tech — S. Lord (1), B. Ward (1)
HR: IR — M. McGee (1), B. Whitman (1); Tech — B. Ward (1)
RBI: IR: M. McGee (3), M. Evans (2), B. Whitman (2), J. Bomhardt (1), L. Holladay (1), G. Snyder (1); Tech — B. Ward (4), S. Lord (2), J. Tate (2), C. Fariss (1), R. Shockley (1), M. Watson (1)
SB: IR — J. Bomhardt (1)
SO: IR — A. O’Shields (4), N. Patille (2); Tech — R. Shockley (1)