The Indian River varsity baseball team bounced back from their loss last week to state champions St. Mark’s by defeating Polytech, 9-1, on March 24.
The Indians’ bats came alive in their second game as they put up eight runs in the first five innings. “We were able to get some hits this game, which put us in a position to win. Hitting and no errors is a good combination for winning games,” said head coach Howard Smack.
Senior Cody Jensen went 2-4, with one run batted in. Juniors Colin Warner and Josh Dean each chipped in a hit apiece, plus one RBI from Dean. Senior Jerry Meiklejohn opened the game up with a three-RBI, bases-clearing double in the fifth inning — his only hit in four at-bats. Junior Brian Lynch went 2-4 with a RBI triple that seemed to go a mile.
“That ball that Brian hit would’ve been a 450-foot homerun if we were in a closed park. That ball sure got out in a hurry,” said Smack.
Warner notched his first victory of the season with a complete game effort. He struck out one and walked three, only allowing one earned run on four hits.
“Colin did a very good job for us. He didn’t seem to warm-up very well, but he settled down to get the win for us,” said Smack.
Between torrential rains and missed practices due to Easter break, Indian River needs to get back in the swing of things as they head into the four-team Wave Classic tournament at the Pyle Center in Roxana this weekend.
“We need to play some baseball,” explained Smack. “We’re a little rusty right now.”
Laurel will play Stephen Decatur in the opener at 10 a.m. Indian River will face Washington High at noon. The losers of those first two games will play at 2 p.m., and the championship game will take place at 4 p.m.