Charter School edges Ravens 7-3 in softball quarterfinals

GEORGETOWN — With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Colleen Cosbey sent a pitch over the wall for a two-run home run.

Taylor Wroten pitched a complete game, struck out three batters and hit a solo home run in her final high school softball game. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

Her clutch, two-out homer bounced off the left field scoreboard to put Sussex Tech High ahead 3-2.

The momentum it created was short-lived, as 12th-seeded Charter School of Wilmington responded with a five-run fifth inning to pull away with a 7-3 DIAA quarterfinal softball win over the No. 4 Ravens Saturday afternoon.

The win gives Charter its third semifinals appearance in the last four seasons, ending Tech’s season for the second consecutive time.
The Force (12-7) also eliminated the Ravens (17-3) last season with a 1-0 first round win.

“I thought our girls played hard all the way throughout, and I give Charter the credit,” said Tech coach John Marvel. “They played a great game. They got hits when they needed them.

“Everything doesn’t always go the way you hoped, and I agree with Kobe Bryant: there is no such thing as failure, just disappointment. We’re disappointed.”

Tech catcher Kelsey Kormanik catches a ball from her teammate and steps on home plate for the force out before throwing the ball over to first base.

Charter will face top-seeded Caravel Academy next Wednesday in the semis for a chance at facing the winner of No. 2 Smyrna and No. 3 Delaware Military Academy for the state title.

Charter senior Payton Czerwinski pitched a complete game, allowing just three runs on seven hits and striking out two.

Taylor Wroten pitched a complete game for Tech, striking out three and hitting a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning.

Charter collected 10 hits, led by a three-hit performance by Ashley Steiner and two-hit games from Casey Meyer and Mallory McCormick.

Tech collected seven hits, including Cosbey and Wroten’s homers, doubles by Kelsey Kormanik and Kylie Kruger, a pair of singles from Kayla Booros and a Kayla Evans single.

Charter catcher Cameron Peters catches pitcher Payton Czerwinski as the two celebrate a 7-3 win.

“We knew coming here is hard, because we upset them last year in the state tournament,” said Charter coach Eileen Voltz. “For us, I think we were patient against Wroten, we got on base and we got some timely hitting.”

Following Wroten’s leadoff solo homer in the bottom half of the first, she went to work in the pitcher’s circle and retired the next six batters in order.

Charter loaded the bases with the first three batters in the fourth inning, then took a 2-1 lead with consecutive RBI singles.

Tech regained the lead with Cosbey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, but the momentum shifted with Charter’s five-run fifth inning.

Steiner drove in Marlayna Capaldi with an RBI single to tie the game, 3-3, and Cameron Peters reached base on an error one at bat later to load the bases for Charter.

Three consecutive RBI singles put the Force ahead 6-3.

Charter capped its scoring when Natalie Fusco scored on a Juliana Paoli groundout.

“Our girls competed well,” said Marvel. “We had that one inning where they scored five, give them the credit and at the end of the day this game doesn’t determine what they did here or the season they had. They had an outstanding season, beat some excellent teams.”

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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