Local roundup: Brengle wins opening match at Wimbledon

Dover’s Madison Brengle

A week ago, Madison Brengle was playing on the local courts of Kent County, just trying to get her injured ankle healthy enough to compete.

By Monday, the Dover native was on the grass courts of Wimbledon and doing just fine.

Shaking off a tough first set, Brengle rallied to knock off Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, in an opening-round match in Wimbledon’s women’s singles draw.

The 28-year-old Brengle is ranked No. 108 in the world while the 25-year-old Krunic is No. 39.

It marks the second year in a row that Brengle has won a first-round match at Wimbledon. She reached the third round a year ago.

On Wednesday, Brengle will face No. 52-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy in the second round.

Brengle returned home earlier this month after partially tearing three ligaments in one of her ankles in a tournament in England on June 4. She’s also dealing with a chronic right hand injury.

In Monday’s opening set, Krunic broke Brengle’s serve three times en route to the win. But she won only two break points the rest of the match while Brengle broke her serve on six of seven opportunities.

Brengle has won three of five career meetings with Giorgi. The last of those matches came in 2016 when Brengle topped the 26-year-old Italian, 6-4, 6-3, in the Miami Masters.

Wednesday’s match will be the first time the two have played each other in a Grand Slam tournament.


Senior League

Felton-Harrington 4, Smyrna-Clayton 3: Dave Martin’s bunt brought home Kyle Rivera with the winning run as Felton-Harrington advanced to the District I finals.

Dover and Felton-Harrington will square off today at Smyrna-Clayton at 7 p.m. to decide the district crown. Dover beat Felton-Harrington, 10-5 on Saturday.

Christian Aldridge added a double and scored a run for Felton-Harrington in Monday’s win.

For Smyrna-Clayton, Logan Kosky pitched four scoreless innings while Anthony Pascara and James Demczak both drove in runs.

Lower Sussex 17, Georgetown-Cape 5: Lower Sussex captured the District III title on Monday night, going 3-0 in the Sussex County tournament.

Lower Sussex moves on to the three-team state tournament, which starts on July 9 at New Castle County’s District II.

American Legion

Fox Post-2 11, Harrington Post-7 0: Tommy Pomatto pitched a five-inning two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and only two walks to earn the shutout for Fox Post 2.

Miguel Rivera, who hit a two-run homerun, and Noah Lanouette, who had three RBI, both had a pair of hits. Fox Post 2 took control of the game with a six-run second inning before adding four in the fourth.


Major League

M.O.T. 6, Smyrna-Clayton 1: Winning pitcher Isabella Zohlman struck out 10 as M.O.T. earned a spot in the District I finals.

M.O.T. will face Camden-Wyoming today at 7 p.m. at Smyrna-Clayton. The Middletown squad needs to win twice to take the district title.

Natalie Gephart was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for M.O.T.

Regan Nacrelli had a pair of hits for Smyrna-Clayton.

College athletics

UD signs with performance group: The University of Delaware athletic department has inked a partnership with Sparta Science, becoming just one of 15 Division I schools to acquire the technology.

According to a UD press release, the technology will give Delaware’s staff “a roadmap to building a performance plan to strengthening the Blue Hen student-athletes.”

Sparta Science’s goal is to reduce injuries and optimize performance with validated scientific assessments. Sparta’s force plate software is used worldwide by the military, sports organizations across all levels, and the medical community “to quickly predict, diagnose, and prescribe personalized plans that reduce any physical limitations to improve an individual’s availability.”

The Sparta software platform allows coaches and trainers to measure and reduce player injury risk, and improve student-athlete health and performance.

Sparta monitors athlete readiness and health with the Sparta Scan, a test that collects data from a series of jumps on a force plate, compares it to data collected from more than 10,000 professional and collegiate athletes over a nine-year span and predicts injury risk with proven accuracy.

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