Indian River’s varsity boy’s baseball team laid the lumber to Sussex Tech and Smyrna, pitching in two monster victories this week.
The Indians amassed 24 runs while only giving up two against county rival Sussex Tech.
They also slugged five homeruns against Sussex Tech to help senior pitcher Cody Jensen earn his fifth win (5-1).
Jensen helped his own cause by hitting 3-4, including a two-run homerun (2) and three RBI’s. And on the mound, Jensen silenced the Ravens’ hitting by striking out six batters while allowing no walks and only two runs on six hits.
Following Jensen in the homerun column was senior catcher D.J. Clark, who hit his first homerun of the season. Clark successfully hit 2-3, with a homerun and two RBI’s, against Sussex Tech.
Junior centerfielder Matt Williamson and senior first baseman Matt Lewis also launched their third homeruns of the season in the Tech game.
Senior third-baseman Brian Lynch continues to hit the long ball. His three-run homerun marked his fourth of the season.
As a team, the Indians are hitting just above .300 and have jacked out 24 homeruns.
“Some players from other teams talk a lot trash about our team because we have a short field,” said team statistician Jody Sweetman. “What they don’t realize is when the ball clears the fence and hits the trees — that’s another 40 feet, making it a 360-foot homerun.”
The Indians continued their offensive onslaught against Smyrna on May 10 by drubbing them 10-0 in a mercy-rule effort.
Junior pitcher/third-baseman Colin Warner busted out the whooping stick to hit his second homerun (2-R) of the season. Warner finished the day hitting 1-2 with a homerun. Senior right fielder Jerry Meiklejohn is still scorching and batted 3-4 with a double and a solo-homerun (2).
Instead of hitting the long ball against Smyrna, the Indians hit a ton of doubles to bring in the runners. Senior shortstop Josh Dean hit two doubles on 2-4 hitting and one RBI. Thomas Veith, Lewis, Meiklejohn and Tyler Hastings all chipped in to hit doubles in the game against Smyrna.
The run support provided by the Indians’ lineup gave junior pitcher Eric Givans his second win (2-1) while he struck out five batters, issuing only one walk and two hits. Givans was pulled in the fifth inning in favor of freshman pitcher Nick Kmetz, who came in to strike out the side in the sixth.
The 12-3 Indians were set to travel to Caesar Rodney on May 12. A win in that game makes them the Henlopen champions.
The trick to their success, according to Head Coach Howard Smack, is to, “not sit around on your laurels.”