Indians challenge powerhouse Salesianum in baseball season finale
The Indian River High School baseball team has struggled to play to their full potential throughout the 2014 season. However, in facing northern powerhouse Salesianum last Monday, May 19, they were able to tap into that potential and give one of the state’s top teams a run for their money in what would end in a 13-10 loss for the Indians.
“It’s always a surprise. You never know if we’re going to play to our full potential, and we did today,” said senior OF/1B Colby Dean after his final career game in green and gold. “It was a nice way to end it. We all came together and played pretty well.”
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Indians’ bats started to heat up in the bottom of the second. Freshman catcher Andrew White capitalized on runners in scoring position when he knocked in two RBIs with a line drive shot down the leftfield line, to give his team the 3-2 advantage.
White was back at it in the bottom of the third, adding another RBI to contribute to a four-run inning that gave the Indians a 7-3 advantage.
After both teams recorded three runs in the fourth, the Indians would finally give up their lead in the top of the fifth, and the score would remain 10-10 until Sallies added three more runs in the sixth.
Even though they were unable to answer the call, some of the younger players, including White, were glad to see that they could hang with a top-notch team and expressed high hopes for the future of the program.
“It’s just a challenge playing against those teams and competing with them,” White stated after the game. “I hope we do better next year and get results.”
“It’s a building block. We’re going to get ready for next year. There’s not going to be any excuses,” co-head coach Chris Magee added. “We just gotta stay competitive, because next year I want to be able to win games and get into the playoffs.”
In his final game as an Indian, Dean went 3-4 from the plate and tallied three RBIs. He is currently trying to decide where he will play collegiate baseball and is in talks with schools in North Carolina and New York.
Sophomore outfielder Ryan Engh and sophomore pitcher Jake Hudson each went 2-4, and White managed three hits and three RBIs on the day.
Notably, the team will only graduate one senior starter and will return multiple key players next season.