The Lower Sussex Major League softball all-stars weren’t ready to come home just yet.
The Delaware state champions scored the last three runs of the game to put away a 5-2 victory over Maine in the Eastern Regional on Sunday afternoon.
The win earns Lower Sussex (1-1) a third game in the 10-team, double-elimination tournament being played in Bristol, Conn. The Sussex County squad plays on Monday at 10 a.m. against Marblehead, Mass. (0-1).
With Sunday’s contest tied at 2-2, Lower Sussex scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Sophia Bowen singled and scored on a single by Autumn Wille before Baylee Williamson scored on a groundball by Kiley Harant.
Lower Sussex added an insurance in the fifth when Parker O’Shields was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Delaware team’s other two runs came in the first. Madelyn Wiest walked and scored o a wild pitch before Cierra Lewis singled and scored on a single by Bowen.
Bowen finished with two of Lower Sussex’ four hits in the game.
Maggie Bare and Lewis each pitched three innings to combine on a two-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks.
Stahl Post-30 9, Fox Post-2: Fourth-seeded Fox Post 2 dropped to 1-1 in the state tourney with the loss on Sunday to top-seeded Stahl (1-0).
The double-elimination, six-team tourney continues on Monday at St. Mark’s High.
Cape’s Gelof signs with A’s: Zack Gelof has officially started his pro baseball career with the Oakland Athletics.
The Cape Henlopen High grad, who was a second-round pick of the A’s in the amateur draft earlier this month, announced that he signed with Oakland on Saturday.
A third baseman in college, Gelof was the No. 60 pick overall. According to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline, the University of Virginia standout signed for $1,157,400, which was the full value for the 60th slot.
“Officially a part of the Oakland Athletics!,” Gelof posted on Twitter. “These past few years at UVA have been some of the best years of my life. I’m so thankful for the coaches and teammates over the years that have helped me get to this point. Let’s get to work!”
The 21-year-old Gelof caught the eyes of MLB scouts with his potential as a power hitter. This past season, Gelof hit.312 with nine homers, 18 doubles and 41 RBI in 63 games as Virginia reached the College World Series.
“He’s very athletic for how physical he is,” A’s scouting director Eric Kubota was quoted on Oakland’s website. “We think he’s got a chance to be a really good hitter. He performed decently at Virginia, but we think there’s a lot of upside with the bat. We think the power is untapped, and he’s just kind of freakishly athletic for how big he is.”