Local roundup: CR falls to Concord, Delmar tops Mardela in softball

Caesar Rodney’s Courtney Malin connects in the second inning against Concord on Tuesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

The Caesar Rodney High softball team dropped a nonconference matchup to visiting Concord on Tuesday, 8-3.

Rachel McLeary and Alexxys Harris each had a pair of hits to lead Caesar Rodney. Concord broke a 4-1 game open in the top of the four when it plated three runs.

Sara Raab paced the Raiders with three hits and two RBI. Concord out-hit the Riders 11-8.

Caesar Rodney’s Carissa Thorne coonects in the first ining against Concord on Tuesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Delmar 7, Mardela, Md. 5: The Wildcats scored three runs in the final inning for an out of state victory.

Paige Lynch tripled and Shelbi Taylor doubled to lead the Delmar offense.

Baseball

St. Georges 7, Polytech 6: The Hawks edged Polytech on a squeeze bunt in the top of the ninth inning.

Polytech had rallied from a 5-1 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. St. Georges took the lead again in the top of the seventh before the Panthers tied it 6-6 in the bottom half of the inning.

Delmar 13, Mardela, Md. 2: The Wildcats were led by Hunter VonArx’s three-run homer in the win in Maryland.

Jordan Haddaway and Chris Richardson combined to scatter four hits on the mound. Dylan Pasta added a double for Delmar.

College baseball

New Jersey City 11, Wesley 5: The Wolverines lost at home in a nonconference contest on Tuesday.

Caesar Rodney’s Rachel McCleary reaches for a grounder in the second inning against Concord on Tuesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Kevin Schmitt, Will Barton and Chris Seibert each collected two hits and scored a run in the loss. Schmitt drove in a pair of runs in a two-run double to right-center field in the fifth inning.

Facing a 4-0 deficit to NJCU in the second inning, Wesley cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second. John Joines brought William Foster on an RBI groundout to second base for Wesley’s opening run of the game. A batter later, Jarrett Wallace hit an RBI single to left-center field to bring Schmitt home from second base.

NJCU had the 8-2 edge in the fifth inning when Wesley plated three runs in the bottom half of the fifth. Barton came around to score on an RBI single to right center. Schmitt’s two-RBI double came with two outs in the inning that scored Seibert and Cody Dmiterchik.

After a tough beginning to the game, Connor Springsteen and Alex Marrs shut down the Gothic Knight bats in the final 3.2 innings of the game.

Springsteen struck out four batters while only allowing two hits. Alex Marrs sat down two batters on strikes in a scoreless ninth inning.

The Wolverines will resume conference play on Thursday when they take on Penn St. Harrisburg.

College equestrian

Hornets qualify for nationals: Delaware State has been selected to compete against the nation’s best in the 2018 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Event Championships April 18-21 in Waco, Texas.

Under the new NCEA tournament format, event championships were added, allowing schools to vie for national titles in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat, in addition to Western Horsemanship and Reining.

Delaware State will compete in each of the four events.

The Hornets are seeded sixth in the Flat national championship field, its best seeding in the four events. DSU is No. 10 in the Reining field, 12th in Horsemanship and 13th in Fences.

The top eight programs in the country will also vie for the 2018 overall team championship. The Hornets were not selected for the national team championship field, which has been reduced to eight schools from 12 in the past.

The post-season selections mark the latest achievement for the 2017-18 Hornets, whose achievements include multiple MOP awards, including a sweep in the four events in a victory over North Dakota State.

Also this season, Delaware State’s Flat riders upset Georgia, winning three of the four rides in the competition. Georgia was ranked overall No. 1 in the country at the time and is the top seed in the upcoming national team championship, Flat, Horsemanship and Reining events.

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