The last two games of the season were more along the lines of what was expected the 2019 campaign to be for the Indian River baseball program.
With shutout wins over Laurel, 10-0, and First State Military, 11-0, the Indians closed out a lackluster and truly disappointing season on a pair of high notes that will hopefully carry them into the off-season with some sense of what their future could be.
On Thursday, May 16, the Indians crushed the visiting Bulldogs with a 13-hit attack led by senior JJ Killen, who was finally healthy after missing all but the last couple of weeks following shoulder surgery. He went 3-for-3 with a RBI and run scored against Laurel.
Ryan Foxwell, Michael Meehan, and Kyle Firle each also contributed two-hit days for IR with Firle scoring a pair of runs, and Meehan knocking in two others. Grant Argo and Josiah Rounds each also scored two runs.
Killen also went 5.1 innings on the bump to pick up the win allowing just two hits on 78 pitches. He offset three walks with seven strikeouts.
Against First State Military on Friday, May 17, in the season finale, Killen delivered the big hit for IR with a two-run triple en route to the 11-0 whitewash.
Argo led the Indians offense with two hits, two RBI and a run scored. Firle, Meehan, Chase Hall, River Vickers and Tyler Kramer also had hits for IR.
Four different pitchers took to the rubber for the Indians combining to allow just four hits with six strikeouts. Mitch McGee started and went two innings allowing two hits. He was followed by Meehan (no hits, three strikeouts), Argo (two hits, one strikeout), and Foxwell (no hits, two strikeouts).
The wins brought the Indians overall record to 7-11 on the season as they won three of their final four games.
Girls tennis: Galbreath bows out of DIAA tourney in 2nd round
Madison Galbreath, a senior on the Indian River girls tennis team, completed her scholastic career with a second round exit in the DIAA State Tournament on Saturday, May 18. She was the only IR entrant in the postseason showcase.
Galbreath, a returning state qualifier, defeated Middletown’s Livian Quinn in the first round to advance and take on #2 seed Katherine Tamesis of Caesar Rodney, who had received a bye. As she did during the regular season, Tamesis proved to be too much for Galbreath as she rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win.
Track & Field: Indians compete in DIAA championships
Lucas Weber was the highest place finisher for the Indians at last week’s DIAA State Track & Field Championships. The IR senior placed 2nd in the discus to close out his scholastic career on a high note. Teammate Ramond Turner was 10th in the same event.
JaQuan Floyd also had an impressive effort taking 4th in the shot put. Kashid Waples was 9th in the triple jump, Christian Galindo-Lopez was 12th in the 1600, and Tony Velasquez was 11th in the 3200. IR’s 4x800 Relay team finished 11th.
A.I. DuPont won the Division II boys title, while Salesianum took home the Division I crown.
On the girls’ side of things, IR’s 4x200 relay team took 4th place in the finals, while their 4x100 entry was 7th.
Individually, Yonya Wise picked up a 6th in the 100 and a 12th in the 200. Keyonia Purnell crossed the line in 11th in the 200 as well.
Senior Sarah Roehl closed out her IR career with a 13th place finish in the 1600 and 11th in the high jump. Classmate Lauren Grow was 10th in the long jump.
Tatnall’s girls won the Division II championship with Padua tops in Division I.
IR’s Patrick Callow finished 2nd in the 100 during the Unified portion of the competition.
By Jason Feather