IR baseball falls to Polytech 10-4 in season opener

Date Published: 
March 28, 2014

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Jake Hudson makes contact during an at bat in the Indians 10-4 loss against Henlopen North Polytech last Monday, March 24.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Jake Hudson makes contact during an at bat in the Indians 10-4 loss against Henlopen North Polytech last Monday, March 24.The Indian River High School baseball team started the 2014 season facing a tough opponent in Polytech High School — who finished last season an impressive 12-4, while battling in the Henlopen North.

Though the young squad battled tough behind sophomore starting pitcher Billy Williams, they would eventually go on to lose the opening game of the season 10-4.

According to Co-Head Coach Kevin Cordrey, a loss against a tough team like Polytech can actually provide some benefits for a developing young ball club.

“When they get out there and have an opportunity to play against teams like this they get seasoned quick,” he explained after the game. “Either they figure out how to do it, or we find somebody else that can.”

Williams struggled on the mound early, but eventually regained his composure — especially as a batter, nearly homering in the first inning.

Senior shortstop Colby Dean made a few key defensive plays for the Indians in the field before eventually taking over to relieve Williams on the mound in the seventh inning.

According to Cordrey, Dean’s performance likely solidified his spot as the team’s starting pitcher in crucial games this season.

“Chances are he’ll start and a lot of it is going to be against the [Henlopen] South,” Cordrey explained. “Or he’ll come in whenever we see an opportunity for a ‘W’ and be ready for any game.”

The Indians drew the short straw on a few controversial calls, including an impressive diving catch by sophomore Ryan Engh — which was debated by coaches and officials and eventually went the Panthers’ way.

Williams would add a double at the bat in seventh inning, but the game eventually ended with three straight strikeouts.

Despite the loss, Cordrey and Co-Head Coach Chris Megee have high hopes for the rest of the season.

“There’s no reason why we can’t score eight to 10 runs while holding other teams to under two or three,” Cordrey claimed. “That’s our mentality. We think we got a little team speed and we have some defense and if we can get the pitching to go along with it we’ll be just fine.”

The Indians will head to Delmar on Friday, March 28 and up to Dover on Tuesday, April 1 before returning home on Thursday, April 3, to take on Seaford. That game begins at 4:15 p.m.