Local roundup: Hens flirt with combined no-hitter in victory, Hornet softball team wins

Delaware baseball took a combined no-hitter into the eighth inning of Saturday’s 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association baseball victory over Elon University at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Freshman Billy Sullivan threw 6.2 impressive innings for the Blue Hens (24-22, 8-9 CAA) striking out seven and allowing just one run.
Senior Colman Vila came on for Sullivan in the seventh and pitched the final two and one-third innings, giving up just a soft well-placed single that alluded a trio of Delaware fielders.

The one-hitter, coupled with a 3-for-3 day from Dover High grad Jordan Hutchins, allowed the Hens to snap a five-game, CAA losing streak.

“Billy put us on his back and carried us today, obviously, preserving the no-hitter through his entire outing,” said Delaware coach Jim Sherman. “It’s rare that you take a guy out who hasn’t allowed a hit into the seventh inning, but his pitch count was elevated. We want to be smart and protect him first and foremost.”

With score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Hutchins roped a single into left centerfield that plated Tyler Callender. An Elon throwing error on the play allowed Calvin Scott to score all the way from first.

“Some guys have a knack for getting that big hit, and Jordan is a guy for us who is proving that to be true,” said Sherman.

Hutchins raised his batting average to .310 for the season (in 84 at-bats).

College softball

Delaware State 8, Hampton 2: Delaware State needed to win one of three games at home against Hampton this weekend to qualify for the upcoming MEAC Tournament.

After dropping the first two games, the Hornets secured a post-season berth with an 8-2 victory over the Pirates in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Hannah Shields tossed a complete game and Desiree Moreno smacked a two-run homer to key the win.

Hampton won the opener 7-3 to set up the must-win scenario in the nightcap for the Hornets.

Delaware State will begin play in the MEAC Tournament on Wednesday in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Delaware 2, Elon 1: The Blue Hens completed a dramatic three-game sweep of Elon by edging the Phoenix on Senior Day.

But the victory wasn’t enough to earn Delaware (8-13 CAA, 18-31 overall) a spot in the CAA Tournament. UNC-Wilmington topped Charleston, 2-1, later in the day to take the final berth.

Softball

Smyrna 14, Perryville, Md. 4: The Eagles trailed 4-3 before putting up six runs in the third.

Lexi Moore had four of Smyrna’s 16 hits while Laiken Zay and Abby Mace each had three RBI. Julia Thuer, Kaelyn Press and Moore all had two RBI.

Mace and Thuer both homered for the Eagles (15-1), who have won 12 games in a row.

Wilm. Charter 5, Polytech 2: The Force scored three runs in the top of the ninth to down the Panthers.

Polytech took a 2-1 lead on Kelsie Burawski’s two-run double in the fifth but Charter tied it with a run in the top of the seventh.

Destiny Whaley and Kylie Nagle both had a hit and a run scored for the Panthers.

Seaford 14, First State Military 1: Jada Eavs pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts while adding a homerun and double at the plate, to pace the Blue Jays.

Ayanna Cannon, Phoebe Holmes, Ciara Chandler and Tiarra Buffalo each had two hits for Seaford whoch had 14 hits in the contest.

Laurel 13, J.M. Bennett, Md. 3: The Bulldogs used a seven-run first inning to break open the game on Friday.

Couri Smith, who doubled, Elya Niblett, Kaegen, Brittingham, and Rachel Calloway led Laurel offensively. Nicole Patille and Calloway combined to pitch a four-hitter.

Sussex Central 11, Delmarva Christian 1: Kaisey Reed threw a five-inning four-hiter with five strikeouts for the Golden Knights on Friday.

Taylor Evick had three of Central’s 11 hits, including a pair of doubles, while Morgan Burton homered.

Camyrn Thompson had four strikeouts for the Royals.

Lacrosse

BOYS, Lake Forest 18, Mt. Pleasant 6: Carter Kenton netted 10 goals and an assist as the Spartans improved to 10-4.

Kade Collins added three goals and and three assists with Dylan Auen scoring twice for Lake Forest, which got 11 saves from Coleman Mosley.

Smyrna 18, Newark 4: The Eagles made a 9-0 run in the second quarter to take control.

Jonathan Guzman (4 goals, 1 assist), Cullen Porter (4 goals), Dakota Kerr (3 goals), Hayden Compton (3 goals) and Jason Zeitler (2 goals) were all mutiple goal scorers for Smyrna.

Girls’ soccer

Cape Henlopen 7, Concord 1: Lindsey Swontek netted four goals and an assist as the Vikings (9-4) won their third game in a row.

Lucy Siranides made five saves in the game played at Philadelphia’s Talen Eneregy Stadium. The Vikings finished with advantages of 15-6 in shots and 6-1 in corner kicks.

Baseball

Delmarva Christian 8, First State Military 0: Brandon Schlabach and Andrew Workman pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts for the Royals.

Delmarva Christian took control with six runs in the third inning.

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