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Softball Recap
Indian River Indians

2001 Game-by-Games

State Softball Tournament
Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Padua 1, Indian River 0

For details on the Indians' difficult quarterfinal loss to Padua and the end of pitching phenom Cara Deldeo's career, click the score above.

State Softball Tournament
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Indian River 10, Sussex Central 0

For details on the Indians' opening round state tournament win over rival Sussex Central, click the score above.

Thursday, May 3, 2001
Indian River 1, Smyrna 0

The Indians came through in the bottom of the seventh inning as Christina Gabriel singled in Brandy Ash with the Henlopen Conference game's only run. The run made a winner of Cara Deldeo, who returned to the mound after missing several starts with an injury to post a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts. In the seventh, Ash, who went 2-for-3, singled and moved to third on a hit-and-run by Samantha Wilkinson that put runners on first and third. Gabriel followed with the game-winning sigle.

Friday, April 20, 2001
Delmar 2, Indian River 1 (12 innings)

The Indians suffered a heart-breaking loss to fall to 5-2. Ranked fifth in the state, Indian River took a 1-0 lead in the 10th inning on a run-scoring single by Natalie Parsons that pushed Emily Lyons across. Delmar, ranked third at 5-0, bounced back with a run in the bottom of the 10th and another run in the 12th. After the 9th inning, the two teams went to an international tiebreaker that allows both teams to start their half of the inning with a runner on second base. Senior IR pitcher Cara Deldeo and Delmar freshman Ashley Dryden engaged in a scoreless duel through nine innings. Deldeo finished with 15 strikeouts to Dryden's 12. Deldeo walked one and allowed only four hits while Dryden walked one and surrendered just five hits. Parsons added a double for Indian River.

Monday, April 9, 2001
Indian River 6, Sussex Tech 1

The Indians rode the arm of winning pitcher Cara Deldeo to the Henlopen Conference triumph. Deldeo struck out 17 en route to her second no-hitter of the season. Samantha Wilkinson backed Deldeo with three hits and three RBI. Natalie Parsons singled in a run and scored another.

Tuesday, April 3, 2001
Indian River 14, Woodbridge 0

The Indians had no trouble winning the Henlopen Conference game. Cara Deldeo and Brandy Ash each collected three hits for IR. Dayna Elliott and Christina Gabriel joined in the onslaught with a pair of hits apiece. Ash and Lindsey Warrington combined on a no-hitter over 5 innings and struck out 10.

Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Indian River 22, Dover 0

The Indians, the state's second-ranked team, rebounded from their tough loss to Caravel with an easy Henlopen Conference victory. Cara Deldeo and Brandy Ash combined on a five-inning perfect game for IR, which rose to 2-1 overall. Ash struck out 9 batters after taking over for Deldeo in the second inning. IR had an 11-0 lead by then. Ash helped her own cause with a double among the Indians' 18 hits. Dayna Elliott went 4-for-5 with a triple and 4 RBI while Jessica O'Donnell belted two doubles. The Indians also took advantage of 8 Dover errors.

Saturday, March 24, 2001
Caravel 2, Indian River 1 (8 innings)

The Indians suffered their first loss against the two-time defending state champions in a battle of the state's two top-ranked softball teams. Cara Deldeo put together another strong outing on the mound just a day after throwing a no-hitter, but Caravel tied the game in the sixth inning and won it in the eighth. Deldeo struck out 12 Caravel batters and retired 12 consecutive batters from the first through fifth innings. She allowed only one hit through those first five innings. The Indians scored their run in the fifth inning. Emily Lyons singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Leigh Ann Ambrose. Ambrose scored all the way from first base on an overthrow to second base.

Friday, March 23, 2001
Indian River 2, St. Mark's 1

Senior phenom Cara Deldeo opened the season with a no-hitter to lead the Indians to the nonconference win. A four-year starter, Deldeo also accounted for the only hit of the game -- a single that drove in the Indians' first run in the sixth inning. She then scored the winning run on an overthrow to third base. Deldeo struck out six and walked two for the Indians, who are ranked second in the state.

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