Indian River’s Abby O’Shields threw a 1-hit shutout, and her team’s offense used an effective “Small Ball” approach to rout defending state champion Milford 11-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
Julia Bomhardt set the tone immediately for the visitors, bunting her way to a single to start the game. Following a Kayler Townsend walk and another bunt single by Braydee Whitman, Samantha Mayfield hit a sac fly, and Damya Williams beat out an infield single to put the Indians up 2-0.
Julia’s sister Morgan smacked a single to center before Julia bunted her way on again, and Whitman cashed in with another sacrifice fly to build the lead to 3-0 after two innings.
Morgan Bomhardt then made it three sacrifice flies as she plated Damya Williams, who earlier singled, to put Milford on the ropes down by four.
Samantha Mayfield and Damya Williams both hit RBI singles in the 4th inning, and then it was a 5-run 6th inning that put the game into the mercy rule area.
Kathryn Collins drew a bases-loaded walk ahead of Grace Snyder’s sacrifice fly to get the lead to 8-0. Morgan Bomhardt singled to center for her 2nd RBI, and then Julia tripled to right, bringing home 2 runs and getting the lead to 11-0.
That was more than enough support for O’Shields, who retired the last 12 batters she faced, striking out five along the way, and only giving up a clean lead-off single to Julia Reed to prevent a no-hitter.
Both Bomhardt sisters had three hits, while Damya Williams had four for Indian River (12-4), who will host Sussex Central on Friday afternoon at 4:15.
Darby Brennan and Haleigh Baker each drew a walk for Milford (6-9), who now must defeat Middletown (Wednesday), Dover (Thursday), and Seaford (Tuesday), to get to the required .500 mark and qualify for the state tournament.