Logan Olshenske hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning to help Polytech High defeat Dover, 4-2, in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division baseball contest on Tuesday afternoon.
Sean Hanhauser pitched a complete game for the Panthers (7-4). Polytech scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, Dover (7-2) answered with two in the top of the fifth before Olshenske found a hole in the infield on a full count to break the tie.
Olshenske grew up in the Capital School District, playing on Dover’s junior varsity as a freshman before transferring to Polytech.
“We played a very good Dover team and I think everyone in the state knows how good they are,” said Polytech coach George Eilers. “We were fortunate with Sean on the mound we were able to get into some good counts and we were able to be successful against some of their really good hitters.”
The Panthers have now won three in a row and six of their last seven. They began the season 1-3, including a three-game losing streak that was capped with a 12-0 defeat in five innings to Smyrna.
“We’ve got a very young team and we got out of the gate slow,” Eilers said. “We were really questioning who we are as a baseball team and started out 1-3. The guys really took a gut check of what it means to play good baseball. Our challenge now is to keep building.”
Smyrna 10, Indian River 6: The Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings before claiming the conference victory.
Ryan Seymour (3-for-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs), Jared Gillis (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 1 run), Cory Everage (2-for-4) and winning pitcher Shawn Dunlin (2-for-4) led Smyrna’s 12-hit attack. Thomas Penuel homered.
For the Indians, Mark Smith (2-for-3, 1 RBI) and Billy Murray (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the way.
Lake Forest 2, Woodbridge 1: Tyler Collins threw a two-hitter to earn the win for the Spartans.
Eric Berardicelli drove in the game-winning with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Caesar Rodney 6, Delmar 4: The Riders snapped a three-game losing streak with the Henlopen victory.
Cape Henlopen 14, Milford 4: Trailing 4-2, the Vikings erupted for seven runs in the fifth and five more runs in the sixth to earn the Henlopen win.
Austin Elliott (3-run homer), Kai Vitella (3-for-4, 2 doubles, 1 RBI), Jason Wiberg (3-for-4, triple) and Zack Gelof (3-for-4, 2 RBI) paced Cape’s 13-hit attack.
The Buccaneers’ Thomas Saxon and Phillip Herber each were 2-for-3 with a double.
Sussex Tech 7, Sussex Central 5: Colin Bergh broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning with a RBI-triple and scored on a squeeze play as the Ravens edged their local rival.
The Golden Knights loaded the bases in the seventh but Sussex Tech survived thanks to a strikeout and a double play off an interference call at second base. Bergh finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Laurel 2, Seaford 1: The Bulldogs scored single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to overcome a 1-0 deficit.
Conner Eavns pitched a complete game to earn the victory.
Delmar 2, Caesar Rodney 0: Haley Rogers’ two-run homerun provided the game’s only runs as the Wildacts (8-0, 10-2) stayed unbeaten in the Henlopen.
Alexis Layton threw a complete-game three-hitter with six strikeouts. Southern Division leader Delmar plays at North leader Polytech, which is also 8-0 in conference, on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.
Lake Forest 5, Woodbridge 4: Brittany Baker drove home Kathryn Simpson with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth for the Spartans.
Lake scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings, getting a game-tying solo homer from Kerrigan Simpson. Mya Maddox went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs while Kat Betts threw a six-hitter to earn the win.
The Raiders’ Haley Andrews struck out 19 with Yasmin Hill adding two hits.
Polytech 12, Dover 0: Brandi Dalious had three of the Panthers’ 13 hits as Polytech improved to 8-0 both in conference and overall.
Shaina Reed threw a five-inning no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and also had two hits for Polytech, which scored eight runs in the first. Morgan Dodge, Whitney DeMora, who homered, and Kailey Perry also had two hits each.
Sussex Tech 7, Sussex Central 6: The Ravens rallied for six runs in the sixth to overcome a 6-1 deficit in winning their third straight game.
Morgan Burton and Taylor Evick both homered for Central.
Laurel 14, Seaford 0: Regan Green threw a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks to lead the Bulldogs.
Laurel scored 12 of its runs in the first two innings.
Wilm. Christian 18, St. Thomas More 8: The Warriors used a 14-run third inning to overcome an early 3-0 deficit.
Rachel Sawicki drove in four runs for the Ravens with Sierra Hadik, Kara Scarangella, Elise Conlin and Gillian LeBlanc picking up the other RBI.
Smyrna 3, Newark 0: Stacey Staley tallied a goal in each half as the Eagles improved to 8-2.
Casey Bell added a goal and assist while Cassidy Cook made five saves in the Eagles’ sixth shutout of the season.
Caesar Rodney 9, Milford 0: Janiah Moore collected five goals and an assist as the Riders rolled to the win.
Kristiana Stevens (2 assists), Cowan Cummings, Jameah Nixon and Kimbertly Glasser (1 assist) also scored goals with Marianna Nuzzo making four saves.
Milford’s Hailey Morgan stopped 12 shots.
Polytech 7, St. Thomas More 0: Emily Miller scored twice in the Panther victory.
Kiersten Priest, Samantha Stafford, Kelley Alstott and Frankie Whitaker also had a goal for Polytech.
Indian River 5, Dover 0: Madison Hogsten (1 assist) netted a pair of first-half goals to spark the Indians.
Natalie Herrera (2 assists), Emma Engel and Sarah Buchler also scored goals for IR, which led 4-0 at halftime. The Indians outshot the Senators, 16-2.
Brittany Rosello made eight saves for Dover.
BOYS, Smyrna 11, Middletown 0: The Eagles netted six second-quarter to break open the nonconference contest.
Matthew Sarkissian tallied six goals and an assist to pace Smyrna (6-4) while Luke Russillo (1 assist) and Ethan Kochis both scored twice.
Wilm. Christian 15, St. Thomas More 3: William Thomas (1 assist) scored twice with James Steinburg (1 assist) adding the other goal for the Ravens.
GIRLS, Caravel 21, Smyrna 8: The Buccaneers netted 19 first-half goals in the win.
Shabnam Noroozi-Pooya scored three goals for Smyrna with Alison Sayers (2 saves) and Allison Wheatley adding two goals each. Gabrielle DiRusso made five saves.
Caesar Rodney 15, Dover 8: Jenna Rigby (! assist) had five goals while Delaney Steele (1 assist) scored four goals to pace the Riders to the victory on Monday.
CR (6-5), which has won five of its last six games, built an 8-3 halftime lead. Kourtney Olsen (3 goals, 4 assists), Jamie Taraila (2 goals) and Kacie Cava (1 goal also led the way for the Riders.
Goalie Kaitlyn Longest made eight saves.
Mira Prisco (1 assist) had a team-high four goals for the Senators while Ave Burleigh (1 assist), Grace Gast, Cudeny Barnes and Grave Servon had one goal each. Raven Mandela-James made four saves.
Maryland 5, Delaware 3: In the first of two games this week between the Blue Hens and Terrapins, No. 21 Maryland’s pitching cooled off Delaware’s bats.
The Hens (18-16) had scored 55 runs in their previous five games.
Greg Olenski continued his hot hitting with a team-high two hits and now has 12 hits in his last six games, while Zach Lopes, Joe Giacchino, Brock Niggebrugge, and Nick Liggett each accounted for one hit.