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Caravel softball shuts down the Indian River during the solar eclipse

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GLASGOW – When Caravel softball coach Randy Johnson scheduled a game for Monday, April 8 months ago, he had no idea a solar eclipse would pass over Delaware that afternoon.

“We didn’t think that way,” Johnson said. “And then as it got closer, everyone kept talking about it.”

So about an hour before the game, Johnson turned on the lights surrounding Caravel's home field.

“We knew it could be a little darker,” he said. “But it looked like all the days we had before, all the stormy days. … We just turned on the lights and it felt like a normal evening.”

The top-ranked Buccaneers looked completely unfazed, defeating Indian River 11-0 in five innings in a rematch of last year's DIAA Softball Tournament championship game.

“They were talking about this in science class today and we saw people with glasses,” Caravel senior Kendall Browne said. “But I didn’t really pay attention because we had a game today.”

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After going 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, Browne said she wouldn't mind playing through another Eclipse.

“I practiced a lot just being patient in the box,” Browne said. “I really incorporated that into my game today and I saw the ball pretty well.”

Fellow senior Paige Richardson was also able to easily adapt to the above conditions.

“It was a little darker,” Richardson said. “But I wear sunglasses most of the time, so it was the same for me.”

Richardson's three-run home run was the highlight of a seven-run second inning for the Bucs (4-0), who also beat Indian River 7-0 in last year's DIAA final.

“Everyone started doing their job, so I thought it was time to do my job and score some runs,” Richardson said.

Sophia Scurci and Katie Lasher each scored a goal for Indian River (2-3).

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