IR softball speeds past the competition


Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Abby O’Shields sends a pitch to homeplate during IR’s 15-2 win over Woodbridge on Friday, March 23.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Abby O’Shields sends a pitch to homeplate during IR’s 15-2 win over Woodbridge on Friday, March 23.The mark of a good squad is getting off to fast starts. Well, in the case of the Indian River High School softball squad, someone needs to call the police — because they are simply speeding past their opponents in their first two games of the year.

In last Friday’s opener against Woodbridge, the Indians jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings. Kayler Townsend, Braydee Whitman and Grace Snyder all smacked RBI hits during the four-run second inning. Altogether, the Indians collected nine hits in the game, with Julia Bomhardt, Whitman and Townsend all chipping in with multiple-hit efforts.

Abby O’Shields picked up the win dealing six strong innings in the circle. She allowed five hits and just the one run, while striking out 10.

Then, on Monday, IR once again jumped out to a big lead early and never looked back.

Scoring eight runs in the first and another seven in the second, the Indians were able to bring about the “mercy rule” with a 15-2 win over visiting Polytech.

Julia Bomhardt again swung the big bat for IR, with a 3-for-4 plate showing that included scoring three runs, while knocking in four more. Damya Williams chipped in with three RBIs and scored a run. Samantha Mayfield went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Jessica Rybicki also had two RBIs, and Whitman smacked a triple.

O’Shields again picked up with win in the circle with just three innings of work before giving way to Isabell Alley for the final two. The two combined to allow five hits, with three strikeouts.

Polytech was done in by five errors on the windy afternoon. Destiny Whaley went 1-for-3 for the Panthers and knocked in both of their runs.

The Indians will be participating in the Mardela Tournament on Friday with a pair of games, at 10 a.m. and noon. The tournament is being played at the Henry S. Packer Athletic Complex in Salisbury, Md. Follow Coastal Point Sports on Facebook and Twitter for live updates during both games.