Lake Forest, Milford lead Gold team in 8-7 victory

Lexi Johnson of the Delaware Military Academy gets around Blue catcher Alexxys Harris of CR to score from second on a single that got through the infield in the Blue-Gold all-star game Wednesday night. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

DOVER — Usually the Lake Forest High and Milford High softball teams are battling it out in one of the biggest rivalries in the state when they’re on a field together.

But the Spartans and Buccaneers teamed up on Wednesday.

Lake Forest and Milford each played a huge part as the Gold team defeated the Blue team 8-7 in the Blue-Gold all-star softball game hosted by Dover Little League.

Kalaysia Reynolds of Milford hit two home runs to pace the Gold offense. Reynolds was given the Gold Most Valuable Player award after the game.

Milford’s Kalaysia Reynolds rips a pitch over the left field fence to put the Gold team on the board 1-0. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

“It’s all so great,” Reynolds said. “I’m so grateful for my coaches and my team that helped me get here.”

Three different Lake Forest players doubled during early inning rallies.

Brooke Glanden finished with a double, a single and one run scored. Brittany Baker had a RBI double and a run scored while Katie Stahre reached base twice with a double and a stolen base.

Darby Brannan of Milford went 1-for-2 and made a diving catch at second base for the final out of the game.

“Milford is our biggest rival but it was really fun to come together as one for our last game,” Glanden said. “It was cool to get together with everyone one last time and go out with a bang.”

Reynolds started the scoring with a solo-homer to lead off the top of the second. She was responsible for the Gold’s first three runs of the game after hitting a two-run shot to score Glanden in the top of the fourth.

“I was trying to keep my head down and just keep my eye on the ball,” Reynolds said. “I wasn’t trying to kill it, just get a hit and get on so we could score.”

Sussex Tech’s Alyssa Collins added a double for the Gold offense.

Smyrna’s Kaelyn Press had a single, scored once and drove in another run. Jessica Anderson, also of Smyrna, pitched the first five innings for the Gold and struck out four.

The Blue team was led by home runs from William Penn’s Indira Purnell and Rachel DiMarcello of St. Georges.

Purnell hit a two-run homer in the sixth. DiMarcello brought the Blue within a run with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth.

But the Gold closed it out with Stahre on the mound, getting two groundouts in the ninth before Brennan’s diving catch.

“All the girls were nice and everyone was cheering together,” Reynolds said. “It was like we were all on the same team all year.”

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