The Indian River varsity softball team shut out their third opponent this season on April 5, again enacting the mercy rule and defeating Milford 10-0 in the sixth inning.
Freshman first baseman Jordan Warrington went 3-3, which included two singles and a double. Junior centerfielder Shauna Jacobs went hit for a triple and a single for three RBIs on 2-3 hitting. Senior pitcher/right-fielder Kayla Warrington put Milford out of their misery with her RBI triple in the sixth inning to end the game.
“Early on, we didn’t have our timing and we needed to be a little more selective. Our team pulled together, and it paid off,” said head coach Mark Browne.
The score may not be indicative of how close the game could have been. Milford had several chances to score with runners left on base. Kayla Warrington fanned Milford’s top two batters and easily got out of the inning, but she hit a snag in the top of the second.
With two outs, the senior was faced with a quite the predicament: bases loaded. Luckily for the Indians, she made a good pitch and was able to force the pop out. But she wasn’t able to continue the entire game and was pulled in the forth inning in favor for freshman pitcher Brittney Steele. (Warrington notched her first victory of the season while refusing to allow a run on five hits and three walks.)
“We were at the bottom of their order, and I felt that it would be best if we put Brittney in there,” Browne explained, “because the top of their order hadn’t seen her, and it would give her an opportunity to pitch before getting to their best hitters.”
Steele had been seldom used this season, pitching only against Polytech, but was able to preserve the win for Indian River. She pitched the fifth and sixth innings to perfection — three strikeouts and only one walk.
“Brittney pitched very well today. She was able to keep the ball down and throw strikes to get the job done,” said Browne. “She is a nice change-of-pace pitcher compared to Kathryn (Riley),” continued Browne.
The Lady Indians improved their record to 5-1 overall and look to move up from their No. 6 ranking as they prepare for their upcoming games. Sussex Central (No. 3 state ranking) is currently 3-0, and the coming game versus Indian River could prove to be a prequel of a potential playoff match-up.
Though Indian River is off to a fast start, Browne modestly refuses to look ahead. “We play every game hard, regardless of who we’re playing. We won’t look past anyone,” asserted Browne.