IR baseball gets first win vs. Seaford, stumbles at St. Mark’s
The Indian River High School baseball team picked up their first win of the season in a 7-2 victory over Seaford last Thursday, April 3, thanks in part to solid pitching from sophomores Ryan Engh and Billy Murray.
Engh started the game on the mound and pitched through four innings without giving up a run before Murray stepped in in relief, giving up two runs in the fifth inning but recovering quickly to hold the Blue Jays scoreless for the rest of the game. Combined, the two pitchers gave up only six hits during the entire game.
“I’m confident with our defense,” Engh stated after the win. “Eddie [Hogan] is playing great defense for us. He’s really stepping up. Mike [Kramer] made a great stop on defense, so defense was key today.”
One of the crucial points in the game was when Murray got himself out of a jam after falling behind on the count when Seaford was threatening a comeback in the fifth inning, relying on his signature curveball.
“I just kind of felt like my team needed me right there,” he said. “I’ll throw that on just about any pitch — 3-2, anything. That is my go-to pitch.”
Offensively, the Indians started off with a 2-0 lead in the first inning, continuing to add to the scoreboard when sophomore Joe Anderson belted a two-run homer over the left-field fence in the fourth inning, to make it 4-0.
Engh scored off an RBI-single from freshman Ulises Barrientos Zamora to make it 5-2 in the next inning, with junior Avery McCormick knocking in the game’s final run on an RBI single to right field in the same inning.
After the game, co-head coach Chris Megee said he was glad to see that Seaford, a team that went winless in 2013, is back to being able to play competitive baseball.
“Seaford was the best team in the state for many years,” he recalled. “I’m glad to see Seaford becoming competitive again. It was important that we got the ‘W,’ but at the same time we gained a lot by having a competitive game today.”
The team didn’t see the same success last Saturday, April 5, falling 14-0 on the road to St. Mark’s, which is expected to be one of the better teams in the state this season.
Up next, the Indians will head to Sussex Tech on Friday, April 11, before returning home to host Caesar Rodney on Monday, April 14. Both games are set to begin at 4:15 p.m.