Megan Sterling’s two-out, three-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Sussex Tech a dramatic 5-4 walk-off softball win over Smyrna on Thursday afternoon.
The second meeting between the two squads this season, the contest didn’t count in the Henlopen North standings. The Eagles (10-5) had already clinched their fourth-straight North title.
But Smyrna had won 23 games in a row against Henlopen North opponents since 2017.
Winning pitcher Kylie Kruger, Kayla Evans and Journey Hopkins all had two hits for Sussex Tech (13-3), which trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth.
The Eagles’ Payton Dixon and Kirsten Johnson (2 runs) both had three hits for Smyrna while Hailey McCutchan added two hits.
Smyrna will host South champion Laurel on May 14 at 4:15 p.m. in the conference championship game.
Caravel 13, Laurel 6: The Buccaneers never trailed after scoring five runs in the bottom of the first.
Makenzie Whaley homered and had two of the Bulldogs’ six hits. Laurel (13-4) had won 10 games in a row since losing to Caravel, 2-1, on April 6.
Lake Forest 4, Cape Henlopen 1: Payten Moore and Skylar Copio combined to strike out 10 in the Spartans’ win.
Marissa Frederick pitched a three-hitter and had 10 strikeouts for the vikings.
Polytech 8, Woodbridge 3: Winning pitcher Julia McConnell threw a four-hitter while Ciara Maldonado had two hits and a pair of RBI for the Panthers.
Mackenzie Mitchell added her fifth triple of the season for Polytech.
Caesar Rodney 16, Mt. Pleasant 2: The Riders raised their record to 13-3 with the non-conference win.
Delmarva Christian 3, Delmar 1: Kandice Schlabach homered and Lillian Showacre pitched a six-hitter to pace the Royals.
Lake Forest 11, Delmar 10: Leighton Webb’s sacrifice fly scored Christian Aldrich with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Spartans.
The contest was the continuation of a game suspended by darkness on March 23 with the score tied 10-10,
Chase Killen had two hits and pitcher Quinton Maris got the win.
Dylan Pasta, Luke Waters, Aaron Rhodes, and Bryce Hendricks all had two hits for the Wildcats.
Dover 14, William Penn 0: Hunter Chambers and Connor McPhail combined to pitch a five-inning no-hitter as the Senators (7-7) won their fourth in a row.
Dover broke the game open with nine runs in the first.
Caesar Rodney 17, Woodbridge 1: Andrew Rigby pitched a five-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts for the Riders, who broke the game open with a 10-run second.
CR’s Jake Armstrong, David Dill, Jaxson Monroney and Josh Harvey all had multiple hits.
Indian River 9, Polytech 4: The Indians scored four runs in the fourth to take the lead for good.
Colby Willey pitched the final 4.2 innings to earn the win as IR finished with 11 hits.
Delmarva Christian 10, Laurel 0: Carter Breasure pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and also hit a two-run homer for the Royals.
Riley Culver had three of Delmarva Christian’s 10 hits while Chase Hesson and Andreas Caruso both had multi-hit games.
The Bulldogs got hits from Royce Scotton, Kaden Shockley and Ryan Webb.
Cape Henlopen 1, Lake Forest 0: Madalyn Swontek scored in the 24th minute and the Vikings made the lead stand up.
Julie Heffernan netted nine saves as both teams took shots. Cape held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Spartans’ Kyra Moyer made eight saves.
Dover 4, Laurel 1: The Senators netted three second-half goals to put away the victory.
Indian River 2, Sussex Tech 1: Isabella Binko tallied a goal in each half, including the game-winner in the 57th minute.
Alexandria Davidson made nine saves for the Indians, who finished with advantages of 22-11 in shots and 5-1 in corner kicks.
Angela Miltenberger gave the Ravens an early 1-0 lead with Alexandria Johnson making 18 saves.
Milford 8, Seaford 2: Eight different Buccaneers scored in the game in Milford’s victory.
Caesar Rodney 17, Milford 8: Dane Wilson netted four goals while William Li added three in the Riders’ Henlopen North win.
Ryan Carey (3 assists), Brendan Wark (2 assists), Patrick Craig and Hunter Christensen all added two goals for CR, which out-scored the Buccaneers, 9-3, in the second half. Jakob Buxton made 10 saves.
Milford’s Landan Hajek scored five goals and Matthew Hague had the other three.
Indian River 3, Delaware Military 0: The Indians downed the Seahawks by scores of 25-23, 25-20, 25-14.
Lawson makes pro debut: Former Delaware State and Dover High baseball standout Garrett Lawson struck out the first three batters he faced in his professional debut this week.
Lawson, now pitching for the Los Angeles Angels’ Single-A affiliate Inland Empire 66ers, struck out the side in the eighth inning of the 66ers’ season opener against Rancho Camaro. His stat line for the game included two innings pitched, four strikeouts, two hits, one run and a walk.
Lawson was selected by the Angels in the 19th round of the 2019 MLB draft, the 571st overall pick.
MEN, Hofstra 10, Delaware 9: The top-seeded Blue Hens couldn’t hold a one-goal lead going into the fourth quarter as they fell in the CAA Tournament semifinals.
The Pride erased the deficit with three goals in the first six minutes of the final quarter to take a 10-8 lead. Delaware (10-3) closed within one on a goal with 8:45 remaining but couldn’t get any closer.
Charlie Kitchen closed out his collegiate career with one final hat trick after scoring three goals on five shots to pair with two assists.