After trading wins and losses in their first four games starting the season at 2-2, the Lady Riders softball team has now won three straight after a 7-0 shutout victory over the Middletown Cavaliers on Saturday.

CR was led by some strong pitching and timely hitting, a recipe for success on the softball field. Lauren Polinksi started the game for the Lady Riders pitching four shutout innings before giving way to Jordan Moseley who kept the Cavaliers off the board to claim a three-inning save.

The Lady Rider bats were busy early pounding out two runs in the first, second, and third innings to help CR take a commanding 6-0 lead after just three innings of play.

Cassetty Howerin, Chaney Jones, and Mirabella Klebart all had multiple hits for the Lady Riders in the win Saturday. Rosa’lynn Burton led the way for the Rider offense, however, posting a double, triple, and an inside-the-park homerun to pace the CR effort.

While CR pitching kept the Cavaliers off-balance at the plate, sophomore Samantha Royston had a solid day at the plate tallying two of Middletown’s four hits on the day.

The non-conference victory for the Lady Riders was their third win after conference victories over Milford and Lake Forest earlier in the week.

The Lady Riders now sit at 5-2 on the season, good enough for second in the Henlopen North division behind first-place Sussex Tech who stand at 4-1 on the year.

“We’re looking to bounce back after we fell short of expectations last year,” said Caesar Rodney head coach Paul Damask. “A few games that were lost last year could have gone either direction. This year we look forward to reversing those losses and making an impact in the state tournament.”

The Lady Riders took on Indian River Monday after press time. Caesar Rodney returns to the field today when they host Sussex Central at 4:15 p.m.