Coming off of two close decisions against two of the state’s top ranked teams — falling 3-2 to No. 1 ranked St. Mark’s on Saturday, April 1, and 5-3 to undefeated Sussex Tech on Friday, April 7 — the Indian River High School baseball team was stunned in a division battle against Delmar on Monday, April 10, falling to the Wildcats 12-2 in five innings.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Indians got things rolling early, despite facing senior pitcher and Delmar ace Jimmy Adkins on the mound, when sophomore CF Jacob Anderson led off the bottom of the first with a line-drive shot to center for a double.
Anderson would get called out trying to make his way back to the bag after a single off the bat of junior P/2B Myles Clark, but a single to right-center from junior shortstop Mark Smith on the next at-bat pushed Clark to third and put the Indians in scoring position.
They would not only tie things up but take the lead on the next at-bat, when senior RF Zion Howard doubled to center, sending both Clark and Smith home and giving the Indians a 2-1 lead.
The Wildcats would regain the lead in the next inning, however, thanks in part to one of two home runs on the day from Delmar freshman shortstop Hunter VonArx and a five-run rally in the top of the third inning.
Both Anderson and Howard each tallied doubles on the day for the Indians, going 2-3 at the plate, with Howard recording the team’s two RBIs. Senior Ulises “Yo-Yo” Barrientos, junior Bailey Willey and freshman K.J. Custis all saw action on the mound.
After falling to 1-1 in the Henlopen South division and 1-6 on the season, the Indians were looking to rebound in a non-conference matchup against Maryland’s Stephen Decatur High School on Wednesday, April 12, (after Coastal Point press time).
They’ll return home to host Lake Forest on Thursday, April 20, at 4:15 p.m.