Delaware South in title game at Carpenter Cup softball tournament

PHILADELPHIA — Abby O’Shields was perfect on Wednesday.

Aside from one infield hit, Taylor Wroten was just as good.

O’Shields and Wroten combined for a one-hit shutout to lead Delaware South to a 1-0 win over Berks Lancaster Lebanon Counties (Pa.) in the winners bracket final of the Carpenter Cup softball tournament.

Delaware South will play in the championship game today at 11 a.m. If it loses it will have another game immediately after with the winner taking home the title.

O’Shields, from Indian River, pitched four innings and did not allow a single base runner. Wroten, of Sussex Tech, was in the circle for the final three innings and was able to preserve the shutout.

“We play sometimes on travel ball together and are constantly practicing with one another,” O’Shields said. “We have different speeds so it changes up what they’re seeing and the timing they have to go through.”

Wroten allowed a base runner in each inning but always managed to keep Berks Lancaster Lebanon off the board.

She gave up a leadoff walk in the fifth. A sacrifice bunt gave Delaware South one out before Wroten induced a groundout and a strikeout to strand a runner at third.

The lone hit was given up in the sixth. It was an infield hit that died right in front of the plate and the Berks Lancaster Lebanon runner was able to beat it out.

Wroten needed one more groundout to strand the runner. She allowed another leadoff walk in the seventh but a sacfrice bunt, flyout and groundout ended the game.

“No real extra pressure, this is what I do,” Wroten said. “I play almost everyday of the week. We’re a team so I know they got my back and I got theirs.”

Delmar’s Jordan Moore drove in the lone run of the day for Delaware South. Her sacrifice fly brought home Corrin Farris (Sussex Tech) in the top of the second.

“If we hit, we win pretty much,” Wroten said. “I knew as soon as we got one across that as long as we kept playing our defense we were golden.”

Delaware South is made up of players from Kent and Sussex County in the showcase tournament for high school sophomores and juniors.

The only Kent County player on Delaware South’s roster Zoe Wilcox of Smyrna had one of the four hits for Delaware South.

Delaware South has not won this tournament since 2013. Most of these players were on the squad last year when Delaware South finished one win shy of the final day.

Delaware South earned three victories on Tuesday to make the winners bracket final.

Most of these players have played on travel ball teams together when they’re not facing each other in high school.

“The fact that we play against each other, we have a good healthy competition,” O’Shields said. “When we come together it makes us that much stronger because we have the best of the best.”

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