ROXANA – Indian River senior Fabian McCray pitched six innings of one-run ball and allowed just three Sussex Central hits to pick up a win over the Golden Knights Monday night.
Playing in front of a packed house that included several Major League Baseball scouts watching Indians senior Jamie Jarmon, IR (3-2 overall, 1-2 Henlopen) belted out seven hits and took advantage of several Central errors under the lights at the Pyle Center to best its intra-district rival 6-1.
“I don’t want to use it as an excuse for the way we started, but I think we’re starting to get used to all the attention now,” said IR coach Kevin Cordey, whose team has won three straight after starting the season 0-2. “Fabian pitched a great game for us tonight and kept them guessing.”
For McCray the results were not surprising, as he did the same thing in a game against Caesar Rodney earlier in the season that he left leading 7-0, a lead the Indians’ bullpen blew.
“I just mixed up my pitches and kept them off balance,” McCray said of his effort.
The Knights' loss came on the heels of a recent three-game winning streak that had coach Todd Brock happy with the momentum his team was building. Following the loss to IR, however, Brock was left looking for answers as his team fell to 3-3 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.
“I’m really at a loss for words right now,” said the coach, whose team started slow a season ago and missed the playoffs despite a late-season rally. “Right now we’re just not playing with any fire. There’s no emotion there.”
Both teams play defending state champion Caravel next, with the Indians welcoming the Buccaneers to the Pyle Center Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game and the Knights playing host to them Saturday at 1 p.m. On Saturday, IR squares off with powerhouse St. Mark’s.
More photos of the game can be seen here, and look for the full story in our Wednesday, April 18, print edition of the Sussex County Post.