Macy Rickards helped Delmar, Md. take another step toward winning a World Series title on Saturday morning.
Rickards fired a no-hitter, struck out 13, and also drove in a run as the Mid-Atlantic champions blanked Asia-Pacific, 2-0, in the Major League softball World Series.
Delmar is now 3-0 in the 12-team Little League tournament for 11-12 year olds being played in Greenville, N.C. Delmar will be one of only four teams remaining on Sunday when it plays in the tourney semifinals at 4 p.m. (ESPN).
The Maryland squad scored the only run it needed in the third inning when Audrey Senft lined a ball to the outfield that got past the center fielder for a triple. One out later, Cheyanne Willey (2-for-2) lined a single to left that brought home Senft.
Willey plays on the Delmar, De. Middle School team.
In the fifth, Delmar added an insurance run when Maddie Premo singled, stole second and scored on a single by Rickards.
Rickards, who walked only two batters, has allowed only two runs — both unearned — and struck out 39 in 19 innings.
Pennsylvania 7, Naamans 3: Pennsylvania used a three-run second inning to take control before downing Naamans in the Little League baseball Mid-Atlantic regional finals on Friday afternoon.
The victory avenged a 5-4 loss to the Delaware state champions on Tuesday in the tournament being played in Bristol, Conn.
Naamans (2-1) was trying to become only the third Delaware team to reach the World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
After giving up a run in the top of the first inning, Naamans quickly tied it on a homerun from Luke Luzader in the bottom of the inning. But Pennsylvania came back with three runs in the top of the second and led the rest of the way.
Caleb Detrick went 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs for Pennsylvania, which out-hit Naamans, 9-5. Peter Hudson had two hits for the Delaware squad.
Hens’ Anderson signs pro deal: Former Delaware men’s basketball standout Kevin Anderson has signed a professional contract with Achilleas Kaimakliou in Cypress.
Anderson joins Dylan Painter to become the second Blue Hen to sign a pro deal after graduating in May.
The 6-foot-4 guard finished fourth on the team in scoring with 10.7 points per game. He was named to the CAA All-Tournament Team and played a key role in aiding the Blue Hens claim the CAA championship.
In his career, Anderson scored 1,351 career points to finish 11th in program history. Each season of his career, he averaged at least 10.7 points per game over his 119 games played.
UD women’s coach contract exteended: Delaware AD Chrissi Rawak has announced a contract extension through the 2025 season for women’s lacrosse head coach Amy Altig.
In three seasons with the Blue Hens — two of which were abbreviated — Altig has a record of 8-20 overall, 3-4 in the CAA.
Blue Hens pick up assistant: Former Delaware pitcher Derek Wakeley is returning to his alma mater as the Blue Hens’ assistant pitching coach.
Wakeley was a three-year member of the Delaware baseball team from 2019-21.