Lower Sussex survives rain delay to reach Senior World Series semifinals

Delaware State News
Posted 8/5/22

ROXANA — Things were going a lot smoother for Lower Sussex before the storm hit on Friday afternoon.

But even a delay of a few hours couldn’t stop the Sussex County squad from …

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Lower Sussex survives rain delay to reach Senior World Series semifinals

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ROXANA — Things were going a lot smoother for Lower Sussex before the storm hit on Friday afternoon.

But even a delay of a few hours couldn’t stop the Sussex County squad from advancing in the Senior League softball World Series.

Lower Sussex scored a couple runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to finally put away U.S. West, 5-2, in the tournament quarterfinals at its home complex.

The host team plays again on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals of the Little League championship for 14-16 year olds. The finals are scheduled for Sunday evening.

Before the lengthy rain delay, Lower Sussex (4-1) was leading 3-0 in the fourth inning and pitcher Kinsley Hall hadn’t allowed a hit.

But when the contest resumed, U.S. West (2-3) — from Palmdale, Calif. — scored twice in the top of the sixth to cut the Lower Sussex lead to 3-2. U.S. West strung together four straight singles to put together the rally.

Those two runs are only the third and fourth runs — as well as the first two eraned runs — that Hall has allowed in the tourney.

Lower Sussex, however, answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Macy Blades’ double to left scored both Jaya Shaub and Shaniya Lewis with the big insurance runs.

U.S. West got a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh. But right fielder Katie McHale caught a flyball and then threw to shortstop Laniya Lewis to catch the running trying to advance for a game-ending double play.

Blades, who doubled twice, went 2-for-3 with three RBI while Shaniya Lewis was 3-for-3 and scored three times for Lower Sussex. Six players contributed to a total of nine hits for Lower Sussex.

Hall and Shaniya Lewis both had doubles.

Hall ended up throwing a five-hitter with seven strikeouts and five walks. The Indian River High junior has now struck out 33 while allowing only 14 hits and four runs in her 29 innings.