After dropping their opener last week to Delmar, the Lady Riders responded by winning both their games to end the week, defeating both St. Mark’s and Archmere Academy.
The Riders were impressive in all fascists of the game, outscoring their opponents 28-3.
On Thursday afternoon, the Riders had little trouble with the Spartans from St. Mark’s, defeating them 15-2.
Nicole Mendes allowed only 2 runs on 4 hits and the Rider offense mercy-ruled the Spartans after St. Mark’s was unable to cut the lead to under 10 in the bottom of the 5th.
The Rider offense exploded for 15 runs on 17 hits, tallying runs in each of the 5 innings on Thursday.
As one would imagine there were many standouts for the Lady Riders on Thursday afternoon. Maddie Harris led the way for the Riders finishing with 3 triples. Kayla Popham had a double and a triple in the win while Cassetty Howerin and Lauren Niezgoda finished with multiple hits for the Riders in the win.
Mendes’ only blemish was a Haley Frati homerun in the 5th, capping off a complete game to start the season at 1-0.
The Riders continued their offensive roll on Saturday morning, defeating Archmere Academy 13-1.
Mendes took the mound yet again for CR and like her performance on Thursday, she delivered.
Mendes again went the distance allowing only 1 run on just 2 hits.
The Riders took charge early, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st to take a commanding 5-0 lead heading into the 2nd inning.
The Riders would score 5 more runs over the next two innings taking a 10-1 lead into the 4th inning. After a scoreless top half of the 4th, the Riders struck for 3 more to take a 13-1 lead. In the top half of the 5th the Auks were unable to cut the lead to below 10 enforcing another mercy-rule victory for the Lady Riders.
Maddie Harris and Cassetty Howerin both finished with multiple hits including a triple apiece in the victory. Kayla Popham also contributed offensively for the Riders finishing with 2 hits.
“We left Delmar with a bad taste in our mouths,” said CR Head Coach Paul Damask. “Looking at the positive, we came a long way since the 11-0 loss last year. Heading into the next two games I told the girls if we get production from everyone in the line-up, we would be hard to beat. The two wins are great confidence boosters for the team.”
The Lady Riders return to the field on Thursday when they host Indian River before ending their week on Saturday at home against Seaford.