Roundup: Polytech among five Henlopen teams to advance in softball tourney

By Daily State News
Posted 5/21/24

Mara Everton threw a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts and only one walk as No. 11 Polytech High blanked No. 22 Concord, 6-0, in the opening round of the DIAA softball state tournament on Tuesday …

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Roundup: Polytech among five Henlopen teams to advance in softball tourney


Mara Everton threw a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts and only one walk as No. 11 Polytech High blanked No. 22 Concord, 6-0, in the opening round of the DIAA softball state tournament on Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers (16-3) earn a second-round matchup at sixth-seeded Cape Henlopen (14-4) on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Polytech scored the only two runs it needed in the bottom of the first inning. The Panthers capped off the victory with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Julia MacConnell had a two-run triple in the sixth. Gabrielle Bogdon, MacConnell, and Kha’Lyn Tilghman all had two hits as Polytech finished with nine hits.

Cape Henlopen downed the Panthers, 12-4, on May 2.

Caesar Rodney 7, St. Georges 6: The 13th-seeded Riders took a 7-4 lead into the sixth before holding off the No. 20 Hawks in the state tourney opener.
CR (10-9) plays at No. 4 Lake Forest (17-2) on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Sydney Hatch had a home run and a triple for the Riders, who scored three runs in the bottom of the first. The Hawks took the lead with four runs in the top of the third before CR scored the next four runs.

The Riders lost to Henlopen Conference champion Lake Forest, 2-1, on April 9.

Indian River 8, Delmarva Christian 1: The 12th-seeded Indians advanced with the win over the No. 21 Royals.

IR (12-7) plays at No. 5 Laurel (13-5) on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Sussex Tech 7, Middletown 0: The No. 19 Ravens knocked off the No. 14 Cavaliers in the first round on Tuesday.

Sussex Tech (5-11) plays at third-seeded Saint Mark’s (14-3) on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Delmar 6, Newark Charter 1: The No. 17 topped the No. 16 Patriots to move on to a second-round game at No. 1 Caravel on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Wilmington Charter 5, Sussex Academy 1: The No. 15 Force (11-8) earned a second-round game at No. 2 Sussex Central.

The contest will be played at 4 p.m. at Sussex Tech.

Delaware Military 7, Milford 2: The No. 23 Buccaneers couldn't get past the No. 10 Seahawks in the opening-round game.

Boys’ volleyball

Salesianum 3, Caesar Rodney 0: The fifth-seeded Riders fell to the top-seeded Sals, 25-13, 25-18, 25-18, in Tuesday’s DIAA state semifinals.

Sallies (19-0) will host No. 2 Wilmington Charter (15-1) in Thursday’s state finals at 6 p.m. The Sals have won all their matches in straight sets this season.

The Riders, who won the first two state tournament matches in program history. finish the season 15-3.

Wilmington Charter 3, Cape Henlopen 0: The No. 2 Force downed the No. 3 Vikings, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, in Tuesday’s other semifinal.

Defending state champion Cape Henlopen ends the season with a record of 14-3.

Girls’ lacrosse

Cape Henlopen 20, Sussex Academy 12: The top-seeded Vikings returned to the state finals with the win over the No. 5 Seahawks on Tuesday.

Cape Henlopen (17-0) will play in the state championship game for the 15th straight season when it faces Tatnall on Thursday at Caesar Rodney at 6 p.m.

The Vikings lead only 15-12 before netting five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter. Leading Cape Henlopen were Carrie Clausius (5 goals, 1 assist), Lindsay D’Ambrogi (4 goals, 4 assists) and Louise Rishko (3 goals).

Eight players scored goals for the Vikings.

Shelby Manlove finished with six goals for Sussex Academy, which finishes 13-5.

Tatnall 10, Caesar Rodney 8: The No. 2 Hornets out-dueled the third-seeded Riders in the other state semifinal to earn a rematch with Cape Henlopen in Thursday’s state finals.

Tatnall (16-1), edged the Vikings, 10-9, in last year’s title game to snap Cape’s streak of 13 consecutive state crowns. It will be the third season in a row that the Vikings have faced Tatnall in the finals.

CR, which led 3-2 at halftime, finishes the season with a record of 13-4.

Boys’ lacrosse

St. Andrews 8, Smyrna 7: The ninth-seeded Cardinals edged the No. 8 Eagles in the first round of the DIAA state tournament on Tuesday.

St. Andrews (10-6) advances to face No. 1 Salesianum in Saturday’s quarterfinals while Smyrna finishes the season at 14-2

College softball

Lenoir-Ryhne 6, Wilmington 4: The third-seeded Wildcats dropped a tough nine-inning decision on Tuesday night to be eliminated from the NCAA Division II World Series in Longwood, Fla.

Wilmington went 1-2 in the tournament to finish with a school-record 46 victories.

Sam Freeland had three hits in the loss while Taylor Gillis had two. Lexi Moore (Smyrna) added a triple.

Wilmington 5, Augustana (S.D.) 2: The Wildcats posted their first World Series victory on Tuesday afternoon in Longwood, Fla.

After making the tournament for the first time last season, Wilmington was 0-3 in the event.

The contest was tied 2-2 when the Wildcats put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Smyrna High grads Lexi Moore and Sara Miller both scored runs in the outburst with another ex-Eagle, Julia Thuer, added an RBI single.

Miller (2-for-3) and Moore both scored twice while Taylor Gillis had three RBI.  Winning pitcher Delani Sheehan (20-7) threw a six-hitter.

College lacrosse

Delaware men joining A10: The University of Delaware will join the Atlantic 10 for men’s lacrosse, effective July 1, 2025, both organizations announced Tuesday.

The Blue Hens become the league’s seventh men’s lacrosse team joining Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, and affiliate members High Point, Hobart, and Massachusetts.

Conference USA, which the UD athletic program is joining next year, doesn’t sponsor men’s lacrosse as a league sport.

The Blue Hens have appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times, including back-to-back appearances in 2022 and 2023. The program’s 76-year history was highlighted by a trip to the NCAA semifinals in 2007 and a 10-9 upset victory over No. 2-ranked Georgetown in the first round of the 2022 tournament to advance to the quarterfinals.

“The University of Delaware has appreciated our 23 seasons in the CAA immensely,” said Delaware men’s lacrosse head coach Ben DeLuca. “As we conclude our tenure in the CAA following the upcoming 2025 season, we look forward to a new and exciting chapter for our program in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

"The A-10 features several very competitive, nationally ranked teams and a few familiar opponents. We are grateful for this opportunity and excited for the future of our program.”

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