Headed into their Tuesday, May 10, matchup against Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School baseball team was riding a three-game win streak. A 19-4 victory against Laurel and comebacks against Seaford and Woodbridge had the Indians looking to keep things rolling.
Fresh off a state championship appearance last season, Cape’s Vikings had other ideas, however, keeping the IR bats at bay and notching a 6-0 victory.
“They battled today,” said head coach Chris Megee of his Indians squad. “That’s a good team. That’s a team that was in the state championship last year and really didn’t lose too many people.”
After jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, a seasoned Cape squad tacked on runs throughout the game, pushing the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth and adding three late scores to cap the shutout.
Sophomore shortstop Zach Gelof led the hitting rally for the Vikings, going 3-4 with two RBIs on the day, with sophomore OF Austin Elliot finishing 2-3, with a double and RBI as well.
The Indians managed two hits on the day, both off the bat of senior DH Joey Anderson.
Four pitchers took the hill in the matchup, with sophomore Mark Smith and senior Jake Hudson each tallying two strikeouts after getting the bulk of the workload, and sophomore Myles Clark and junior Zion Howard helped close out the game.
“We’ve got three more games this week. Some of the pitching changes I made, I wanted to make sure I kept arms healthy,” Megee explained of the rotation as the Indians prepped for games against Sussex Central, Dover and Salesianum to cap the week.
So far this year, the Tribe’s schedule has ranked among the toughest in the state, tied with St. Mark’s, but Megee said the competition has paid dividends for a young squad finally starting to find their identity.
“I think we’re starting to get an identity. I think it’s coming from some individuals that were in the background before, but now they’re starting to see what’s going on,” he explained. “That’s the reason that we play the non-conference schedule that we do.”
After Senior Night against Central on Wednesday, May 11, (after Coastal Point press time), they’ll look to continue shaping that identity when they head to Dover on Friday, May 13, and host Sallies on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m.