The Indian River High School softball team had been rolling right along this season, jumping out to a 5-0 mark heading into spring break last week.
A split doubleheader on the road against two top-level opponents was standing in the way of extending that unbeaten mark even further. However, a late two-run, seventh-inning rally by Wilmington Charter School last Friday, April 6, brought an end to the unblemished record in a 2-1 setback.
The Indians were only able to muster three hits in the contest against Charter and took advantage of two errors to plate their lone run of the game in the third inning. Kayler Townsend got credit for the RBI, while Julia Bomhardt had two of the hits.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Indians were trailing 1-0 after the first inning, but managed to tie things up in the top of the seventh to force extra innings. Jess Rybicki slapped home the IR run to tie things, and then it was freshman Savannah O’Shields lining a RBI-base hit to score the eventual game-winning run.
“Both of those games were really hard-fought,” IR coach Erika Murphy said. “Both of those teams were undefeated. We played strong defense, and our pitching really led us to the win in the second game.”
Abby O’Shields threw all 10 innings for IR in the win over Smyrna. She threw 27 first-pitch strikes and recorded nine strikeouts, to pick up the win.
Kaylah Briddell had two hits in three at-bats for the Indians in the win over the Eagles.
On Tuesday, April 10, the Indians steamrolled Seaford en route to a 17-0 shutout win to improve to 7-1 on the campaign.
Abby O’Shields hurled three innings of no-hit ball before turning the circle over to Izzy Alley, who allowed the lone hit in the game for Seaford.
Several Indians collected multiple hits in the game, with Julia Bomhardt and Taylor Lipkins each picking up four hits on the day. Kayler Townsend chipped in with two hits of her own, as well as two RBIs. Braydee Whitman and Savannah O’Shields each knocked in three runs for IR.
The Indians were set to travel up to Caravel Academy on Thursday, April 12, (after Coastal Point press time). They will also be in action in a Saturday-afternoon tilt against Red Lion at 1 p.m.
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