Local College Notebook: Wesley baseball team turns season around

Bret Underwood

Bret Underwood

In late March, the Wesley College baseball team didn’t look like it was going anywhere fast.

The Wolverines were mired in a slump in which they lost 10 of 13 games.

A couple weeks later, however, the outlook is considerably brighter for Wesley.

The Wolverines are now riding a six-game winning streak that includes a victory over perennial Division III power Salisbury.

Coach Bret Underwood said it’s the little things that have turned the season around for Wesley.

“The most important thing we have done during this streak has been putting together several quality at-bats in an inning,” he said. “Drawing a walk or getting a hit to start an inning, then moving the runner over and a getting two-out hit to drive in the run has been the difference.

“When we had a little slide in the middle of the year, we had plenty of opportunities, we just couldn’t get the big hit to knock the base runners in. The last two weeks, we have been getting that. We have also pitched much better, working ahead of hitters and then having the ability to keep them off balance.”

Wesley is now 8-5 in the Capital Athletic Conference, 15-12 overall.

The Wolverines will host Marymount in a doubleheader that was moved to Sunday at noon because of the rainy weather forecast for today.

With only six conference games remaining, Wesley’s goal now is to finish in the top six in the CAC standings to qualify for the league tournament.

The Wolverines are currently fourth in the 10-team conference.

DSU grid scrimmage today

The Delaware State football team will close out spring practice with a full-contact scrimmage today at 2 p.m.

Freshman quarterback Kobie Lain, who led the Hornets to a season-ending win over Howard, has taken the majority of the snaps with the first-team offense during the spring.

Senior Gil Rivera and newcomer Daniel Epperson (Jr.) are the other QBs challenging for the starting job. Epperson is a transfer from San Bernadino Junior College where he threw for 2,767 yards and 27 touchdowns with six interceptions in two seasons.

Brycen Alleyne and Kesselly Tyler are the top returning running backs. A former Georgia high school standout, Tyler was slowed by injuries as a freshman in the fall.

Twins Sika and Tecumseh Bendolph, both Caesar Rodney High grads, have also been pushing for playing time this spring.

Candeloro honored

Caesar Rodney High grad Sarah Candeloro, a junior at Tennessee of Martin, was recently named the Ohio Valley Conference women’s tennis Player of the Week.

Candeloro went 3-0 at both first singles and at doubles for the Skyhawks last week.

She owns one of the best records in conference play at the No. 1 position with a 4-1 record, which is tied for first. She is also just two wins away from her first career 20-20 season with 18 singles wins and 19 doubles wins.

Seymour keeping busy

Smyrna High grad Morgan Seymour, a two-sport athlete at Wesley, keeps a pretty hectic schedule.

Along with playing both field hockey and softball for the Wolverines, the senior is the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and is the student ambassador coordinator for the admissions office.

Seymour also works part-time as a waitress and helps out on the family’s chicken farm.

“My pocket planner is my best friend,” Seymour in a story on Wesley’s website, “I write everything down or I forget it.

“I like being busy. It’s created a well-rounded college experience for me where I’ve done a lot of different things.”

This summer, Seymour has an internship lined up with the Scapyard Dawgs of the National Professional Fastpitch League in Conroe, Texas.

Notes

• Wesley wraps up its spring football practice with a non-contact 7-on-7 scrimmage on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The biggest question for the Wolverines, of course, is replacing Gagliardi Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Callahan. Ben Campbell, Nick Falkenberg and Dan Kesack will go into preseason battling for the starting job.

• A pair of former Polytech High softball standouts, Tori Reed and Kristen Ball, are starting at catcher and shortstop for Fairfield University.

Reed is batting .297 with 18 runs scored while Ball is second on the team with 28 assists.

• Delaware State softball senior catcher Sandy Hawthorne broke the school record with her 46th career double earlier this week. She passed Caesar Rodney High grad Cat Ansbach (2000-04) to become the Hornets’ all-time leader.

• Milford High grad Alyssa Sanders, a senior on the Delaware swimming team, was named all-Colonial Athletic Association in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

• Polytech High grad Amber Lust broke the Wofford College women’s record in the 100 meters (12.40 seconds) as well as running a leg on the Terriers’ school record-setting 400-meter relay.

• Delaware basketball player Kory Holden has reportedly narrowed down his list of possible transfer choices to Kansas, Seton Hall, Baylor, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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