The bats were hot for the Indian River High School softball team during their matchup against Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, May 10. But as the game went on, the Vikings’ bats were hotter, as they came back to take down the Indians 6-4.
“After the first inning, we chose to revert back to chasing the pitcher’s pitches, instead of using the philosophy of hitting our own, and that hurt us,” said head coach Erika Brittingham of the late struggle at the plate.
“I knew they had a few good hitters. We all knew that coming in. We knew they were a good hitting team, but so are we,” added junior shortstop McKenzie Collins. “We just made some mistakes that we shouldn’t have.”
Sophomore pitcher Marley Evans got the start in the circle, getting a quick three outs on four Cape batters to close the top of the first inning.
That’s when the Indians would start stringing hits together.
Right out of the gate, it is was junior 2B Madi McGee beating the throw to first on a leadoff infield single. Then sophomore DH Damya Williams got on with a bunt.
Sophomore CF Julia Bomhardt would start the scoring after that, knocking in McGee with a line to center for a double, to make it 1-0. Batting clean-up, junior 1B Sami Mumford would loft a shot just over second, to score both Williams and Bomhardt and push the lead to 3-0.
“We were doing what we should do as hitters,” Brittingham said of the rally. “We were relying on everyone on the team, which is great.”
After Evans got on by landing a shot in the centerfield gap that made its way to the fence, for a double, senior LF Callie McDowell sent one past second to score Mumford from third and make it 4-0.
Sophomore catcher Raegan Jackson finally got Cape on the board in the next inning, with a homerun shot to left center. And even after a diving grab by McGee to save a run for the second out, the Vikings weren’t done there, notching a two-run shot, to cut the lead to 4-3.
The Indians would eventually get out of the inning, but Cape would go on to take the lead in the next inning and add a late run to notch the win.
The margin could have been higher, however, with several key defensive plays on the day saving runs.
“The outfield did a great job,” said Brittingham. “Callie stopped some really good balls out there and really kept them keeping it to a single, instead of a double. Julia had two assists from the outfield. Ky also had an assist from the outfield. Grace [Snyder] did a really good job of making sure she was covering the plate well.
“Kenz made some amazing plays at shortstop as well. Maddie had a great snag on a line drive. We did some great things in the game, but we just didn’t do enough.”
While the Indians dropped to 6-6 on the season, they know that through a season full of its share of postponed games, there’s still plenty of softball left to be played.
“We’ve comeback every time from the losses that we’ve had, and they’re ready to play the next game,” Brittingham said. “I would be surprised if we saw anything any different from that. Our expectations are high, and they’re gonna stay high.”
“We’ve got some big games coming up. We know we need to play hard,” added Collins. “We need to stop making errors and just play the game like we know how. We just need to just get those out of the way, and we’ll be the team that we know we are.”
Up next, the Indians will head to Dover (7-6) on Friday, May 13, before hosting Caravel (11-2) at the Pyle Center in Roxana at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.