Local roundup: Camden-Wyoming reaches Major League softball state finals

Mackenzie Mitchell drives in a pair of runs in the first inning for Camden-Wyoming against Laurel on Tuesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Camden-Wyoming downed Laurel, 10-3, on Tuesday night to advance to the state finals in Major League softball.

Laurel (1-1) takes on Canal (0-1) today at 7 p.m. at Smyrna-Clayton with the winner then facing Camden-Wyoming (1-0) on Thursday night.

The state champion receives a berth to the East Regional in Bristol, Conn.

In Tuesday’s victory, winning pitcher Chloe Donigan struck out seven while adding two hits and a pair of runs scored. Also leading Camden-Wyoming were Mackenzie Mitchell (3 hits, 1 run), Kyla Davis (2 hits, 1 run), Julia Macconnell (1 hit, 2 runs), Ciara Maldonado (1 hit, 2 runs), Samantha Wilson (1 run) and Ellie McCarthy (1 run).

For Laurel, pitcher Paityn Blake had seven strikeouts. Shea Cooper, Taylor Lowe and Ashlynn Ullman all scored runs.

Senior League

Smyrna-Clayton 7, Suburban 4: Smyrna-Clayton opened the best-of-three state tournament with a win on Tuesday night.

The two squads play again today at 7 p.m. at Suburban with a third game slated for Thursday night if Suburban wins. The state champion earns a spot in the East Regional, which starts on July 19 in Worcester, Mass.

Rachel Brown (2-for-4), Jade Rivera (3-for-4, 2 doubles) and Analyse Huster (2 hits) led Smyrna-Clayton while pitcher Jen Payton had two strikeouts and only one walk while earning the win for the District I champions.

8-10 Tournament

Smyrna-Clayton 9, M.O.T. 0: Smyrna-Clayton reached the District I finals with the win on Tuesday night.

Smyrna-Clayton will played again on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Milford in the championship game.


Senior League

Naamans 10, Georgetown-Cape 5: District II champion Naamans improved to 2-0 in the state tournament with the victory on Tuesday night.

Georgetown-Cape (0-1) will take on Smyrna-Clayton (0-1) today at 7 p.m. in Georgetown in the losers’ bracket.

Naamans will then face the winner on Thursday at 7 p.m. The state champion advances to the East Regional in Bangor, Maine.

Local golf

A. Barbin leads Del. Junior: Austin Barbin, the 2019 DIAA high school state champion, holds a one-shot lead after the first round of the DSGA Junior Championships on Tuesday.

The recent Red Lion Christian grad, from Elkton, Md., shot a one-over par 72 in the tourney, which is being played at Chesapeake Bay Golf Club in Rising Sun, Md. The tourney concludes with 18 holes today.

Matt Homer and Barbin’s brother, Evan, are tied for second place after shooting 73s while Selbyville’s Colby Hook and Nikita Romanov are tied for fourth at 74. Camden’s Matthew Miller is tied for 10th after shooting a 78.

Austin Barber finished third in the Junior a year ago.

College football

Hens set early start times: Due to limited lighting during Delaware Stadium’s renovations, the Delaware football team will start all but one of its seven home games at 1 p.m. this season.

The season opener with Delaware State on Aug. 29 will be played at 7 p.m. with some portable lights being brought in for the game. UD has begun having more home kickoffs at 3:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. in recent seasons.

Delaware Stadium currently has lights only on one side during the major renovation. Seating in the stadium is still expected to be finished in time for the contest.

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