Indian River’s softball team was too good to stay down following a disappointing 5-4 loss to Delmar in the bottom of the seventh inning on May 2 and they have since annihilated Polytech and Lake Forest by a combined score of 31-3 (10-0 and 21-3, respectively).
Right-fielder Kayla Warrington and third-baseman Hayley Brennan scored homeruns (two-run and three-run homeruns, respectively) in their monster victory over the Lady Spartan and hit the ball well as a team, according to head coach Mark Browne. But there’s tougher competition down the line.
“I’d hate to make a big deal about beating Lake Forest,” Browne said, “but it was a nice win.”
Catcher Sara Powell went 3-3 and centerfielder Shauna Jacobs went 3-4, while pitcher Kathryn Riley (15-1) earned two more wins — just one shy of the Lady Indians’ 16-1 record.
The blowout over Lake Forest allowed Browne to use all his players, including seldom-used pitcher Brittney Steele, who tossed three shutout innings in relief.
Their latest win, coupled with a 5-0 Delmar loss to Sussex Central, earned the Lady Indians their first major goal of the season — the Southern Championship. And a win over Milford on May 11 will seal up the Henlopen Conference.
Aside from titles and accolades, Indian River has two important upcoming games against Laurel (May 13) and Caravel (May 15) before steaming off to the state tournament.
“They (Caravel) are on top of their game right now,” Browne said. “Caravel always does a great job of scheduling top ranked teams at the end of its schedule. We’re not going to make a big deal about the Caravel game, but it’s important to face good competition as a lead-in to the tournament.”
Indian River is scheduled to play Laurel at the Pyle Center in Roxana at 7 p.m. and Caravel at home for a 4 p.m. game.