Local roundup: Defending champion Smyrna No. 2 seed in softball state tournament

Smyrna High will try to defend its state title as the No. 2 seed in the 16-team DIAA softball state tournament bracket that was announced on Tuesday evening.

The tourney, the start of which was pushed back a day because of wet field conditions, opens on Thursday with the eight top seeds hosting games.

There are a pair of all-downstate matchups on Thursday with Smyrna (15-2) hosting No. 15 Polytech (11-7) at 4 p.m. and eighth-seeded Dover (15-3) making the program’s first tourney appearance by hosting No. 9 Delmar (14-4) at a time TBA.

In other opening-round games featuring Henlopen teams, No. 4 Sussex Tech (16-2) hosts No. 13 William Penn (14-4) at 4 p.m.; No. 14 Sussex Central (10-8) plays No. 3 Delaware Military (18-0) at Midway at 4 p.m.; and No. 11 Indian River (13-5) takes on No. 6 Newark Charter (13-5) at Caravel at 7 p.m.

The tourney continues with the quarterfinals on Saturday. Downstate teams have won six of the last seven state titles.

Sussex Central 9, Polytech 2: The Golden Knights won nine of their last 14 games to finish 10-8 and earn an at-large berth in the state tourney.

Seaford 14, Sussex Academy 2: The Blue Jays finished with a record of 6-11 after posting the victory.

Design Thinking 11, First State Military 8: The Bulldogs rallied for four runs in the fourth before falling short.

Girls’ soccer

Indian River 4, Sussex Academy 0: Isabella Binko netted two goals and an assist as the Indians wrapped up the Henlopen Conference Southern Division title.

Avery Congleton and Anastasia Diakos also scored goals for IR, which out-shot the Seahawks, 15-1. The Indians finished 6-0 in the South.

IR will face North winner Caesar Rodney in the Henlopen Conference championship game on Thursday at Sussex Academy at 5:30 p.m.

Lake Forest 8, Seaford 0: Elle Wood scored three of the Spartans’ five first-half goals and assisted on another in Lake’s South win.

Sierra Jester added two goals and three assists as the Spartans (8-7) out-shot the Blue Jays, 33-7.

Polytech 6, Milford 0: Paxton McGinnity netted three goals as the Panthers (11-4) finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak.

Sarah Fox (2 assists), Jenna Fox (1 assist) and Jaiviauna Rowley also scored goals for Polytech, which out-shot the Buccaneers, 17-1.

Sussex Tech 6, Dover 1: Six players scored goals for the Ravens in the Henlopen North victory.

Valencia Whealton made five saves for Sussex Tech, which finished with advantages of 16-6 in shots and 7-2 in corner kicks.

Sydni Warman scored for the Senators while Campbell Gibson made 10 saves.

Dover 2, Brandywine 1: Syndi Warman’s goal in overtime lifted the Senators to the win on Monday evening.

Ally Manifold scored in the first half for Dover (6-8), which held advantages of 14-5 in shots and 6-3 in corner kicks.

Boys’ lacrosse

Cape Henlopen 20, Wilmington Friends 7: The Vikings built a 13-2 halftime lead before improving to 13-2.

Twelve players scored for Cape, which got three goals apiece from Jack Dennis (3 assists) and Gabriel Best (1 assist). Adding two goals each were James Heid, Adem Tekman (1 assist), Henry D’Ambrogi (2 assists) and Lewis Harrington.

The Vikings out-shot the Quakers, 40-15, as Baxter Travers made five saves.

North champion Cape will play at South winner Milford in the Henlopen conference championship game on Friday at 6 p.m.

Smyrna 11, Caravel 7: The Eagles improved to 11-3 after picking up their third straight win.

St. Andrew’s 13, First State Military 3: The Cardinals topped the Bulldogs in a non-conference contest.


Cape Henlopen 9, Delmar 0: Lucas Johnson and Sean Clendaniel combined to pitch a four-hitter to earn the shutout for the Vikings.

Johnson, who allowed just one hit in six innings, and Mason Fluharty both homered for Cape. The Vikings capped off the win with a five-run seventh.

Lake Forest 5, Woodbridge 2: Cameron Beulah pitched a six-hitter with four strikeouts and also had a pair of hits to pace the Spartans.

Jaden Rivera and Quinton Maris both had RBI for Lake Forest, which took a 5-0 lead with three runs n the sixth.

Charles Little had two hits for the Raiders with Seth Smart pitching six innings.

Milford 10, Seaford 4: With the contest tied 4-4 in the fourth, the Buccaneers scored the game’s final six runs to pull away to the victory.

Pitcher Cam Walsen earned his first varsity win in relief, Caden Stanley, Mason Morris and Jaxson Turner all had multiple hits while Dylan Layton and Shawn Saxon had two RBI apiece.

Zach Adams had two of the Blue Jays’ six hits with Kenny Goodwin driving in a pair of runs.

Newark Charter 8, Smyrna 3: The Eagles led 3-1 after two innings before the Patriots scored the game’s final seven runs to pull out the victory.

Layne Bell had two of Smyrna’s three hits.

Delmarva Christian 15, M.O.T. Charter 4: The Royals raised their record to 14-2 with the victory.

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