Local roundup: Smyrna topples IR in softball tourney

Delaware State News
Posted 5/17/22

No. 18 Smyrna High scored four runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to put away a 9-3 victory over No. 15 Indian River in the first round of the DIAA softball state tournament on …

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Local roundup: Smyrna topples IR in softball tourney


No. 18 Smyrna High scored four runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to put away a 9-3 victory over No. 15 Indian River in the first round of the DIAA softball state tournament on Tuesday afternoon.

The Eagles (9-10) advance to a second-round game at No. 2 Appoquinimink (16-2) at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Smyrna fell to the Jaguars, 3-2, on May 12.

On Tuesday, the Eagles avenged a 10-5 loss to IR during the regular season. They led only 2-1 before the four-run outburst in the fifth.

Sophomore Hailey McCutchan (3 RBI) homered for Smyrna while Gianna Duca had three of the Eagles’ 11 hits. Kaylee Sharp also drove in three runs while winning pitcher Makayla Brantley had a pair of doubles.

Brantley pitched a six-hitter with four strikeouts.

Jillian Collins had two extra-base hits for the Indians (13-5) with Kinsley Hall, who homered, driving in two runs.

Delmarva Christian 6, Archmere 2: The No. 10 Royals scored the game’s first four runs before topping the No. 23 Auks.

Delmarva Christian advances to a 4 p.m. second-round game at No. 7 Middletown (14-3) on Thursday.

Winning pitcher Lilli Showacre threw a four-hitter while Rachel Hall had a pair of doubles.

Delmar 11, Concord 0: The No. 17 Wildcats collected 14 hits before blanking the No. 16 Raiders in the first-round game.

Henlopen South champion Delmar (11-7) heads to top-seeded Caravel (15-1) for a 4 p.m. game on Thursday.

Laurel 11, Milford 2: The No. 13 Bulldogs downed the No. 20 Buccaneers in a first-round contest.

Laurel (12-6) will play at fourth-seeded Red Lion Christian (13-3) on Thursday at 4 p.m. The Buccaneers finish the season at 11-8.

Conrad 6, Lake Forest 3: The No. 14 Red Wolves used a three-run fifth to open up a 6-1 lead before downing the No. 19 Spartans (11-8).

Conrad (14-4) goes to No. 3 Sussex Central (15-3) on Thursday for a 4 p.m. matchup.

Katie Bell had two of Lake Forest’s seven hits with an RBI.

Wilmington Charter 8, Cape Henlopen 7: The No. 11 Force edged the No. 22 Vikings in a first-round matchup.

Charter plays at sixth-seeded St. Mark’s on Thursday at 4 p.m.


Lake Forest 7, Sussex Central 6: Quinton Maris’ bases-loaded walk brought in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for the Spartans.

In the continuation of a game that suspended last Thursday, the Golden Knights scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 6-6.

Maris also earned the victory in relief, Jonathan Tyndall had two hits and Quade Gannon had three RBI for Lake Forest.

Christian Willey, Jaxon Steen and Noah Burroughs had multiple hits for Central.

Smyrna 12, Brandywine 5: Connor Strauss had four hits, including three doubles, to pace the Eagles.

Connor Ryan had three of Smyrna’s 12 stolen bases while winning pitcher Jake Macey struck out four in five innings.

Cape Henlopen 7, Delmar 0: Nick Cox (7-1) fired a one-hitter with seven strikeouts to earn the shutout for the Vikings.

Austin Rhue and Paris Mitchell both had two hits and an RBI while Brenn Scott drove in two runs.

The win was the 15th in a row for Cape (16-2), which plays at Delmar on Friday at 4:15 p.m. in the Henlopen Conference championship game.

William Penn 11, Caesar Rodney 6: The Colonials trailed 2-1 before erupting for seven runs in the fourth.

Mason Wrede homered and doubled with Cameron Lawson adding two doubles to the Riders’ total of 12 hits in the game.

Indian River 15, Sussex Academy 5: Benjamin Cordrey went 3-for-5 with a triple, three runs and four RBI to lead the Indians to the South win.

Frank Bunting pitched four shutout innings with four strikeouts to earn the win.

Wesley McLaughlin had a two-run double for the Seahawks.

Girls’ soccer

Indian River 7, Laurel 0: The Indians netted six second-half goals as they finished a perfect 6-0 in the Henlopen South.

Hannah Bird (1 assist), Bella Scurci and Sophia Scurci all scored twice for IR, who held advantages of 22-4 in shots and 11-1 in corner kicks.

The Bulldogs’ Alexis Boyer made 24 saves.

St. Mark’s 4, Smyrna 2: The Spartans tallied the game’s first three goals before downing the Eagles.

Dru Moffett and Marlayna Pennington scored second-half goals for Smyrna.

Sussex Tech 3, Milford 1: Syaira Selby scored the Ravens’ first two goals while Lilly Short added a goal and two assists.

Ebony Wilson made three saves for Sussex Tech, which finished with advantages of 12-5 in shots and 12-3 in corner kicks.

Leah Tate scored in the second half for the Buccaneers with Allyson Perry making six saves.

Concord 3, Cape Henlopen 2: The Raiders scored twice in the final 20 minutes of regulation to tie the game before picking up the win in OT.

The Vikings, who held advantages of 12-5 in shots and 7-3 in corner kicks, got goals from Laurelee Mobius and Josephine Ingerski.

Sussex Central 2, Delmarva Christian 0: The Golden Knights improved to 8-4-1 with their fourth win in the last five games.

Newark Charter 2, Sussex Academy 1: Tayler Flaherty scored three minutes into the contest before the Seahawks eventually lost in OT.

Emma Westbrook made nine saves for Sussex Academy, which was out-shot, 9-3.

Padua 8, Polytech 2: Kylee LaVere and Julia Coleman scored for the Panthers in the non-conference loss.

Boys’ lacrosse

Archmere 14, Caesar Rodney 0: Dylan Bennett made 10 saves for the Riders, who were out-shot, 33-17.

Caravel 12, Polytech 6: The Panthers fell to 6-8 with the loss.

Boys’ volleyball

Indian River 3, Salesianum 1: The Indians downed the Sals, 25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 26-24 to advance to the DVBCA state championship match.

College softball

DelTech wins Region 19 title: Delaware Tech downed Mercer County 14-1 and 18-0 on Tuesday to win the Region 19 softball championship.

It’s the first time since 2003-04 that DelTech won the title in back-to-back seasons.

Pitchers Lauren Smith and Carly Collins (Sussex Central) combined to allow only one run in the two games while Kandice Schlabach (Delmarva Christian) hit a two-run home run in each contest. Sussex Central Kylie Kruger (Sussex Central), Macey Myers (Milford), Kaniah James (Cape Henlopen), and Logan Walls (Delmar) all had multiple hits and made key defensive plays.

DelTech advances to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Oxford, Alabama. The tourney begins on May 24.

College baseball

Hornets take top awards: Delaware State shortstop Trey Paige was named the MEAC Player of the Year while the Hornets’ J.P. Blandin was named the league’s top coach in the conference’s year-end baseball awards.

Entering the MEAC Tournament, Paige leads the league in eight hitting categories: Batting average (.412), home runs (13), RBI (43), slugging percentage (.791), OPS (1.304), runs scored (46), hits (63) and doubles (15).

Nationally, the sophomore is seventh among all NCAA Division I players in slugging percentage, eighth in hitting and ninth in on-base percentage. Paige has hit safely in 36 of the Hornets’ 43 games, including 20 with two-or-more hits and streaks of 14 and 10 games.

He is the Hornets’ fifth MEAC Player of the Year, and first since Ryan Haas in 2012.

Blandin led DSU to its first outright MEAC regular-season title this season. He was also selected as the league’s top coach in 2012.

DelState (9-14 MEAC, 22-21 overall) on host school and No. 4 seed Norfolk State (12-18 MEAC, 15-30 overall) in the tournament opener on Thursday at noon.