Local college notebook: CR product Burton finalist for Division II Softball Player of Year

Caesar Rodney grad Rosa’Lynn Burton leads the CACC with 73 hits, 50 stolen bases, and a .533 batting average. Wilmington University sports information

Rosa’Lynn Burton’s record-breaking stats haven’t gone unnoticed.

The Caesar Rodney High grad, now a junior outfielder for the Wilmington University softball team, has been named a top 25 finalist for the Division II Player of the Year award.

The list, which includes only one other player from the East region, was announced on Thursday by Schutt/NFCA.

Burton leads the CACC with 73 hits, 50 stolen bases, and a .533 batting average. She is also second in the league with 51 runs, and a .561 on-base percentage.

She is fourth in the CACC with 88 total bases, fifth overall with four triples, and sixth overall with a .642 slugging percentage.

In NCAA Division II, Burton is fourth overall with her .533 batting average while leading the country in averaging 1.25 stolen bases per game. She is also fourth overall in scoring 1.28 runs per game and sixth overall in the country with 73 hits.

Earlier this season, Burton broke the school record for hits in a season.

The top 10 finalists for the Player of the Year award will be announced on May 14 with the winner announced after the NCAA DII championship on May 30.

In NCAA Division II, Burton is fourth overall with her .533 batting average while leading the country in averaging 1.25 stolen bases per game.

The Wildcats (32-12), coached by former CR coach Mike Shehorn, are ranked fourth in the East region.

The CACC Tournament begins on May 2 in Lakewood, N.J., hosted by Georgian Court University.

Wildcats win Giles

With the help of some downstate players, the Wilmington University baseball squad is having a pretty good season, too.

The Wildcats won the program’s fourth Bill Giles Invitational title on Tuesday with a 7-3 over the University of the Sciences.

The game was played at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

Kendall Small is batting .367 — second among Wilmington’s regulars — while former Dover High teammate Dakota Graham is hitting .348. Small has a team-best 18 stolen bases and 48 RBI to go along with five homeruns and 41 runs scored.

Graham has scored 38 runs with 10 doubles, 25 RBI and a pair of homers.

CR grad Quintin Ivy and Sussex Central’s Justin Mears are also playing for the Wildcats. Ivy is batting 333 with four homers, 24 runs and 16 RBI while Mears has four saves and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings.

The Wildcats (29-16) are ranked fifth in the Division II East region.

Notes

• Delmar High grad Jimmy Adkins is one of several former Henlopen Conference players on the Salisbury University baseball squad, which is ranked No. 12 nationally in Division III.

Adkins, a sophomore infielder/pitcher, is having a busy spring. At the plate, he’s batting .377 with 23 runs and 27 RBI. On the mound, he’s 5-0 with a 1,72 ERA in 62.2 innings.

• Delaware women’s basketball coach Natasha Adair has been named an assistant for the U.S. Women’s U19 World Cup team.

Adair, on a staff that featured head coach Jeff Walz (Louisville) and assistant Cori Close (UCLA), helped the U.S. win the U18 World Cup last year.

“It’s a coach’s dream to stand there and represent the United States,” said Adair. “Coming off of a championship a year ago, we’re just really excited to do it again. I can’t say enough about USA Basketball and the people affiliated with it and the experience. It’s such an honor to be considered with such an elite group of coaches.”

• The Wesley College football team was left with two vacancies when both Frostburg and Southern Virginia left the NJAC. The Wolverines filled one spot with first-year program Franklin Pierce but is still trying to find a 10th opponent.

Right now, Wesley has a three-week gap between a Sept. 14 game against Delaware Valley and an Oct. 5 matchup with Rowan.

• The Delaware Tech softball team is 12-7 after dropping a doubleheader to Lackawanna, 6-3, 6-1, this week.

In the opener, sophomore Megan Fry (Milford) was 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, while freshman Sydney Tyndall (Delmar) went 2-for-3. In the second game, sophomore Madison McGee (Indian River) went 2-for-4.

• DelTech’s baseball team lost to CCBC-Essex 7-5 to fall to 19-11-1. Freshmen Will Findley, Matt Marandola and Micah Bregard (2 RBI) all had two hits. Sophomore Luke Wilhelm had a double, and sophomore Tyler Cunningham also had an RBI.

• Former Smyrna High football star Will Knight ran for 42 yards on seven carries and added three catches for 45 yards in Old Dominion’s spring game.

• Delaware State MEAC rival Maryland-Eastern Shore named Jason Crafton its new men’s basketball coach this week. Crafton was an assistant with the Delaware Blue Coats this winter.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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