Milford High scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning and then held on for an 8-5 victory over Sussex Tech in Henlopen Conference baseball on Friday afternoon.
The contest went to extra innings tied at 2-2. After the Buccaneers went up 8-2, the Ravens answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth before falling short.
The win clinches the Henlopen Southern Division title for the Buccaneers (7-5 in conference, 9-6 overall). It’s Milford’s third division crown in the last five years but first in the South since 2009.
On the other hand, Sussex Tech’s loss tightens up the title chase in the Henlopen North. Dover is 9-2 in conference while the Ravens and Cape Henlopen are now 9-3.
The three teams are also 1-1 against each other this season.
Milford finished with 10 hits on Friday, including two each from Phillip Herber and Thomas Saxon, who both had an RBI. Starting pitcher Dustin Reeder struck out 11.
Luke Oliphant (1 RBI) and Cole Collins (2 runs) had two hits each for Sussex Tech.
Dover 7, Laurel 2: Austin Johnson pitched six scoreless innings to earn the victory for the Senators (12-2), who won their fifth game in a row.
Kendall Small went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles for Dover, which had 10 hits in the contest. Jordan Hutchins (3 runs) went 2-for-2 with Dakota Graham, Tyler Rosello, Aven Purnell, Jared Rowely and Tevin Thomas all driving in a run.
Perez Nichols had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.
Caesar Rodney 9, Woodbridge 3: Jake Williams pitched a complete-game seven-hitter with six strikeouts as the Riders (7-8) won their second in a row.
Brennen Brown (2 RBI) and Tim Haugh (1 RBI) had three hits apiece for CR with Quinton Ivy and Takoda Bendolph adding two hits and two RBI each.
Garret Temple and Logan Wescott (1 RBI) both had two hits, including a double, for the Raiders.
Smyrna 11, Seaford 4: The Eagles led 11-0 after three innings en route to the victory on Thursday.
Ryan Seymour went 3-for-3 to pace Smyrna’s eight-hit attack.
For the Blue Jays, Cody Wilkerson and Michael Lepter had two hits apiece.
Sussex Tech 9, Milford 8: The Ravens scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the conference win.
Alleigh Townsend brought home one run on a squeeze bunt with Jenna Callaway knocking in the other on a sacrifice fly.
Madison Watson and Lauren Genshaw had a homer and a double each for Sussex Tech.
Lake Forest 21, St. Thomas More 0: Mya Maddox pitched a five-inning two-hitter with 10 strikeouts to lead the Spartans.
The Ravens’ Kara Scarangella struck out five.
BOYS, Tower Hill 18, Cape Henlopen 7: The Hillers outscored the Vikings, 10-2, in the second half to pull away to the victory.
Hank Coveleski scored four goals for Cape (9-5), which was outshot, 37-20.
Sussex Tech 19, Polytech 7: The Ravens jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead before registering the Henlopen North win.
Ian Carlisle had a game-high six goals with two assists as Sussex Tech outshot the Panthers, 45-16. Jason Whaley (4 goals, 4 assists), Matthew Tull (3 goals, 5 assists) and Caleb Dennis (2 goals) also led the Ravens.
Goalie Jacob Ryan made four saves with Camden Chorman adding two.
Zachary Trabaudo had a team-high three goals for Polytech with Nathan Fairbanks making seven saves.
Dover 16, Indian River 7: The Senators improved to 9-5 with the nonconference win.
Red Lion Christian 14, St. Thomas More 9: The Lions outscored the Ravens, 9-1, in the second half to rally for the victory.
Bucs, Wildcats to hold playoff: Milford and Delmar will meet in a special one-game playoff to decide the Henlopen Conference Southern Division championship in boys’ lacrosse.
The two teams tied for the South title and split their two regular-season meetings. The playoff game will be played on May 13 at Cape Henlopen at 7 p.m.
The winner will then face North winner Cape Henlopen in the Henlopen Conference championship game. That contest will be played on May 15 at Milford at 7 p.m.
GIRLS, Polytech 23, Caravel 17: Allie McKay scored nine goals and Maddie McKay added seven as the Panthers (12-1) handed the Buccaneers their first loss of the season.
Rachel Slater (3 goals), Arlene Maheu (2 goals) and Jamie Trabaudo (1 goal, 4 assists) also led the way for Polytech, which went up 11-8 at intermission. The Panthers outshot Caravel (12-1) by a 39-18 margin.
Cape Henlopen 12, Tower Hill 7: The Vikings outscored the Hillers, 8-3, in the second half to break a 4-4 halftime tie.
Mt. Pleasant 12, St. Thomas More 8: The Green Knights posted the win over the Ravens on Friday.
Polytech 5, Woodbridge 3: The Panthers (7-6) scored twice in the second half to snap a 3-3 halftime tie.
Delaware Military 5, St. Thomas More 0: Jenny Woinski made 15 saves for the Ravens in the Diamond State Conference loss.
Appoquinimink 6, Delmarva Christian 0: The Jaguars netted four first-half goals and outshot the Royals, 17-0, in the nonconference victory.
Cape Henlopen 5, Seaford 0: Madeline Smith tallied a pair of first-half goals as the Vikings picked up a win on Thursday night.
Brayden Fannin (1 assist) and Olivia Baratto also scored for Cape, which led 3-0 at halftime.
CR advances five in Henlopen: Caesar Rodney advanced all five of its entries through the first round of the Henlopen Conference Tournament boys’ bracket on Friday.
That gives the Riders 10 points heading into today’s final day of the 10-team event being held at Sea Colony in Bethany. The boys’ and girls’ semifinals are slated to start at 9:30 a.m. with the finals to follow an hour after the conclusion of each semi.
Smyrna is second in the team standings with eight points while Cape Henlopen is third with seven points.
At first singles, defending champion Colt Williamson of Milford will face Smyrna’s Alden Tonken in one semifinal with Dover’s Christian Anyanwu playing CR’s Parker Barton in the other semi.
The Riders’ boys have won five straight team championships in the tourney.
Elon 8, Delaware 3: The Blue Hens, who have won just one CAA road game this season, have now lost four CAA games in a row and six of their last seven overall.
Elon (24-24, 13-9 CAA) took control of the game with a six-run second inning. Norm Donkin, Greg Olenski, and Tyler Powell led Delaware with two hits each, but the Hens left eight runners on base,
Hampton 7, Delaware State 4: The Hornets saw their season end in disappointing fashion as the Pirates rallied to oust DSU from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday morning in Ormond Beach, Fla.
DelState (21-23), the top seed from the MEAC North, went 1-2 in the double-elimination tourney. Third-seeded Hampton is 21-25.
MEAC Rookie of the Year Vanessa Washington hit a pair of homeruns in the loss.
The Pirates, who swept Delaware State at home in the two squads’ regular-season matchup, scored five runs on five hits to take a 7-3 lead in the seventh.