After coming up one run short of a state championship last season, the Polytech Panthers’ softball team opened the 2014 season with a 10-6 loss to Indian River. It was the Lady Panthers’ first regular season loss for the first time in nearly a calendar year. While it wasn’t the ideal way to start the season, since then Polytech has returned to the same form that saw them go 17-1 last season.
Since that opening day loss to IR the Lady Panthers have racked up three wins in a row. First, a 10-4 win over Sussex Central, and an 11-3 victory over Padua Academy, before defeating Caesar Rodney 11-3 under cloudy and cold conditions Friday afternoon.
Junior standout Shania Reed pitched a complete game for the Lady Panthers allowing just three runs off 10 Lady Rider hits.
While Polytech managed just one more hit than Caesar Rodney, they made their base-hits count scoring 11 runs off 11 hits.
Polytech got on the board first gaining an early 2-0 advantage before CR had a chance at the plate. The Lady Panthers doubled their lead in the top half of the third before the Lady Riders responded with a run of their own in the bottom half giving Polytech a 4-1 lead after three.
Caesar Rodney was able to squeak another run across the plate in the bottom half of the fifth to cut the Polytech lead to 4-2 heading in to the sixth. In the top half of the inning the Lady Panthers’ bats went back to work scoring three runs in the inning to pull ahead 7-2 before scoring another four runs in the seventh to pull away for good.
The Polytech offensive attack was led by Brandi Dalious, Kristen Ball, Monica Joseph, and Amanda Waishes who all finished with multiple hits apiece on Friday.
Rosa’lyn Burton, Chaney Jones, Kyra Watson, and Shelby Voak also had multiple hits on the day for the Rider offense. The Lady Riders hope for better luck Tuesday when they travel to take on Milford.
The Lady Panthers look to continue their winning streak Tuesday when they take on another Henlopen Conference opponent Lake Forest at 4:15 p.m.