Lower Sussex had to survive a high-scoring eighth inning but found a way to stay alive in the Major League softball Eastern Regional on Monday morning.
The Delaware state champions scored four runs in the top of the eighth and then held on after Massachusetts answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to post a 7-5 victory.
The second straight win for Lower Sussex (2-1) leaves it as one of seven squads remaining in what started as a 10-team field. The Sussex County squad next plays Pennsylvania (1-1) Tuesday at 4 p.m.
In Monday’s win, Massachusetts had closed within 7-5 and had two runners on base with nobody out in the bottom of the eighth. But pitcher Cierra Lewis and the Lower Sussex defense got the final three outs to end the game.
In the top of the eighth, Lower Sussex got an RBI double from Parker O’Shields and run-scoring singles from Lewis, Sophia Bowen and Taygan Conaway. O’Shields (three RBI) and Bowen had two hits apiece while Mariah McCabe scored twice.
Massachusetts led 3-0 in the first before Lower Sussex tied it with three runs in the top of the third.
Lower Sussex used three pitchers in the contest with Lewis allowing only one run and three hits in six innings. She struck out six and walked three.
Delmar, the Maryland state champion, is 1-1 in the tournament after falling to New York, 2-1, on Monday.
8-10 State Tournament
M.O.T. 2, Lower Sussex 1: The Middletown-area squad captured its second-straight state title in the age group with the win on Sunday night.
Ava Perrucci pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks for M.O.T. In the state and District III tourneys, Perrucci allowed just two hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out 59 in 24 innings.
Lidia Carroll drove in Perrucci with M.O.T.’s run before Katie Pinand knocked in Sophia Evans with an RBI double.
Camden-Wyoming 2, Naamans 1: The District I champions won the opener of the three-team, double-elimination state tournament being played in Georgetown.
Camden-Wyoming faces District III champion Laurel-Nanticoke-Woodbridge Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Winning pitcher Caden Heritage struck out six batters in six innings before Steven Donigan struck out the side in the seventh to earn the save.
Camden-Wyoming picked up its first first run in the second inning when Kaden McCoy singled home Donigan on a hit and run. In the third, Teegan Monroney stole second and was knocked in by Donigan for C-W's decisive second run.
Fox Post 2 plays Tuesday: The Legion state tournament is down to four teams after both the Post 10 Generals and Nanticoke Post 6 Patriots dropped out of the field.
Dover’s fourth-seeded Fox Post 2 (1-1) will play again Tuesday against No. 2 DelVets (0-1) at noon at St. Mark’s High. Top-seeded Stahl Post (1-0) then faces No. 3 DE Post 1 (2-0) at 4 p.m. in the winners’ bracket.
The losers’ bracket finals are slated for Wednesday at 4 p.m. with the championship game on tap Thursday at noon.
UD women add two transfers: Delaware women’s basketball coach Natasha Adair has added a pair of veteran transfers in Maddie Sims and Makayla Pippin for the 2021-22 season.
Sims joins the Blue Hens as a grad transfer after playing last season at UMass. A native of Mount Laurel, N.J., Sims started 15 games and averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Sims, who led the Minutewomen in blocked shots with 20, also played three seasons at Siena.
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Pippin appeared in six games last season for Kansas State. Prior to Kansas State, Pippin played two seasons at Central Arizona College.
In 58 games with 54 starts in junior college, Pippin averaged 16.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals.