Hudson’s homer leads Gold softball all-stars by Blue 4-3

Gold left-hander Kaite Burawski from Polytech pitches in the first inning during Tuesday’s Blue-Gold softball game at Dover Little League. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — She didn’t think it cleared the fence.

It wasn’t until she saw the reaction from her teammates in the dugout and heard the fans roar that Devan Hudson realized her hit had cleared the centerfield wall, just beneath the scoreboard.

Her solo home run helped lead the Gold squad past the Blue squad, 4-3, in 10 innings in Tuesday night’s annual Blue-Gold softball All-Star game at Dover Little League.

“I had a 3-2 count, so I thought I’m either hitting it or I’m walking,” explained Hudson. “So, I hit it and I didn’t realize it went over. Then when everyone started screaming, I was like, wow. It felt very good.”

The home run, a triple and two runs scored helped the recent Sussex Central High graduate capture the Gold Team MVP award in what marks her final high school game.

The Blue’s Grace Aguilar from Lake Forest watches her ball go foul in the first inning.

The homer also put her team ahead, 3-2, in the top of the ninth inning.

Sussex Tech High’s Corrin Farris answered in the bottom half by driving in Delmar High’s Madison Lemon with an RBI single to left field.

Farris’ base hit for Blue tied the game up, 3-3, and sent it to extra innings.

Using the international softball rule for extra innings, each team started the 10th with a runner on second base. Smyrna High’s Sara Miller drove in Carly Setting of Middletown High in the top of the 10th to put Gold ahead for good, 4-3.

Kaite Burawski of Polytech High made the start in the pitcher’s circle for Gold, tossing four innings and allowing just one run with a pair of strikeouts before being relieved by St. Georges Tech’s Sam Carbonara.

“I knew I was facing some of the best hitters in the state, so I was just focused on hitting my spots and putting movement on the ball,” said Burawski.

Blue third baseman Jordan Moore from Delmar throws to first base.

Gold collected seven hits, led by two from Hudson and Dover High’s Kaila Quick and one each from Burawski and Smyrna’s Abigail Mace and Olyvia Smith. Gold also took advantage of four errors committed by Blue.

The Blue squad collected nine hits, while Indian River High’s Abigail O’Shields pitched four no-hit innings with three strikeouts to grab the Blue Team MVP award.

Sussex Tech’s Kayla Booros pitched six innings of relief with five strikeouts.

“It was definitely fun tonight, there wasn’t really too much pressure,” O’Shields said. “I definitely pitched differently because me and the catcher were calling the pitches and she wasn’t really sure what I was comfortable with and I wasn’t really sure what she was, but it worked out fine.”

Milford’s Morgan Petty and Delmar’s Madison Lemon each registered a pair of hits, while O’Shields, Farris, Courtney Kohel (Milford),
Amia Killian (Hodgson Vo-Tech High), Brooke Conaty (Delaware Military Academy) recorded one each for Blue.

The Gold’s Devan Hudson from Sussex Central throws to first base in the second inning.

The two lineups combined to strand 22 runners on base.

Booros drove in Kohel on a groundout to first base to get the scoring started in the fourth inning, putting Blue ahead 1-0.

Quick answered for Gold, driving in Burawski with an RBI double in the top of the sixth to tie the game, 1-1.

Both teams swapped runs in the seventh inning, with Hudson scoring on a passed ball in the top half and Delmar’s Paige Lynch tying the game at two on a Conaty single to left field in the bottom half.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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