IR Sports Report: IR golfers continue to sink the competition


The Indian River softball team meets at the dugout in their game on Friday, April 12.

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Colby Hook and Ben Brzozowski shared low-man medalist honors as the Indian River High School golf team won their fourth straight match with a 186-268 decision over visiting Lake Forest on Tuesday, April 16.

Hook and Brzozowski each shot a 45 to lead the way for IR. Luke Morgan carded a 48, while Patrick Gogarty and Willam Lambertson each chipped in with a 49. Zach Lingenfelter rounded out the winning effort for the Indians with a 50.

All six IR golfers’ scores were better than the top finisher for Lake Forest, which was led by Zach Carter’s 66.

The match was played on the front nine at Cripple Creek, with a par of 35.

Baseball

Indians struggling through four-game slide

Following a hot start to the season — one in which they won four of their first five — the Indian River baseball team now finds itself reeling following four straight losses, including their most recent disappointing 18-0 shellacking against Sussex Tech on Monday, April 15.

The Indians managed just three hits — from Kyle Firle (double), Grant Argo and Derek Bellemare — while committing four errors against the Ravens, who banged out 15 hits against five IR pitchers. The biggest hit for Tech was a home run that came off the bat of Grant Lamers. Four different Ravens collected multiple hits, while 11 different batters joined the hit parade.

The Ravens scored 12 runs in the top of the fifth inning to call in the “mercy rule” that would end the game after the Indians went groundout-groundout-strikeout in their half of the fifth.

On Friday, April 12, the Indians found themselves down early, and by as much as 9-0 in the fifth inning, before they were able to get on the board against South divisional opponent Lake Forest. The Spartans went on to win the game 14-4.

Firle went 3-for-4 for IR, with a double and two runs scored. Argo, Chase Hall, Tyler Bowen, Michael Meehan and River Vickers also hit safely for the Indians.

IR pitchers again gave up 15 hits in that one, with six different hurlers taking the bump in an effort to stop the Lake offensive effort.

The Indians were looking to right the ship before their spring break, hosting Delmar on Wednesday, April 17, after Coastal Point press time. Results from the game can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.

Softball

Indians fall behind early in loss to Tech

A grand slam in the first inning by Sussex Tech’s Corrin Farris proved to be all the runs the Ravens would need in an 8-3 win over Indian River in softball action on Tuesday, April 16. It was one of three home runs hit in the game by the Tech.

Taylor Wroten tossed a complete-game in the circle, striking out 10 Indians while allowing the three runs (one earned) on just four hits.

IR’s Abby O’Shields took the loss, going 5.1 innings allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits, including the three home runs, before giving way to Sam Derrickson.

Grace Snyder had two of the hits for IR — one of which was a double — with Kayler Townsend and Savannah O’Shields picking up the others.

The loss ended a four-game win streak for the Indians, who will look to get back in the win column when they travel to the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex for a doubleheader on Friday, April 19. Coverage of the games will be available on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.

Boys’ tennis

Indians win a pair

Juan Linares picked up IR’s first win at third singles, and the Indians swept the doubles matches to take a 3-2 decision over visiting Gunston School on Friday, April 12.

Linares posted a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Gunston’s Keller Evans in their third singles contest.

IR’s Yves Graf and Brian Quezada cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Gunston’s Kyle Jackson and Henry Shifrin at first doubles. Dane Shuart and Blake Morgan were equally impressive at second doubles with a 6-0, 6-2 sweep of Gunston’s Nicholas Lee and Areopl Bai.

The victory was the first of two on the week for IR, as they also defeated Smyrna, 3-2, on Monday, April 15.

The Indians were hoping to continue their current strong play with a meeting against Sussex Central on Wednesday, April 17. Results on this match can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages, as it was played after Coastal Point press time.

Girls’ tennis

IR gets in the win column

The IR girls’ tennis team broke out of the season-opening troubles with a 2-1 mark over the past week.

Wins against Polytech (Wednesday, April 10) and Maryland’s Gunston School (Friday, April 12) came just before a setback to Smyrna on Monday, April 15.

In the 4-1 win over Gunston, the Indians swept all four of its contested matches, but had to forfeit the second doubles.

At first singles, Alexa Fitz scored a straight sets 6-4, 6-1 decision, while Maddie Galbreath cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles.

Freshman Nicole Norman won her marathon of a match at third singles, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 10-7. It was her first career varsity singles win.

Seniors Analy Marquez and Katelyn Timmons won their match at first doubles by a score of 6-1, 6-4.

IR was set to host Sussex Central on Wednesday, April 17, for their final match before spring break, which will give the team 13 days off. Results from the match can be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages, since it was played after Coastal Point press time.

Track-and-field

Boys drop two; girls split in tri-meet at Lake

The IR boys’ track-and-field team lost to both Seaford (97-27) and host Lake Forest (106-37) in a tri-meet on Tuesday, April 16.

The Indians picked up a first place in the 3,200 relay with their time of 8:54. Lucas Weber’s toss of 111 feet, 8 inches, was good enough to win the discus event.

On the girls’ side of things, IR picked up a 71-23 win over Seaford before falling to Lake Forest by a score of 121-23.

Sarah Roehl won the 1,600 event with her time of 5:53, for IR’s lone first-place finish.

By Jason Feather
Staff Reporter