Local roundup: Laurel tops Canal 10-6 in Major League softball state tournament opener

Laurel downed Canal, 10-6, in the opening game of the Major League softball state tournament on Monday evening.

Laurel will take on District I champion Camden-Wyoming today at 7 p.m. at Smyrna-Clayton in the three-team, double-elimination tourney.

Canal, the District II champion, will play again on Wednesday night in the losers’-bracket contest. The state champion advances to the East Regional in Bristol, Conn.

8-10 Tournament

Smyrna-Clayton 17, Camden-Wyoming 2: Smyrna-Clayton won its first game in the District I tourney on Monday.

Smyrna-Clayton will play again today at 8:30 p.m. at Milford while Camden-Wyoming faces an elimination game at 6 p.m.


Senior League

Naamans 14, Smyrna-Clayton 4: District II champion Naamans took the opener of the state tournament being played at Georgetown.

Naamans will play District III champion Georgetown-Cape today at 7 p.m.

Smyrna-Clayton will await the loser of today’s game, playing in an elimination game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

College bowling

Current returns to coach DSU: The coach who led Delaware State to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship in 2016 has returned to head the Hornets’ women’s bowling program.

Current served a four-year stint as Delaware State’s head bowling coach from 2012-to-2016. In her final season, she led the Hornets to the 2016 MEAC Tournament championship.

DSU defeated Norfolk State 4-1 in the tourney finals to capture the third conference title in team history.

A professional bowler and respected instructor, Current left the Delaware State post in 2016 to pursue other career opportunities.

“I truly enjoyed my previous stint at DSU and am looking forward to reuniting with the university and the team,” said Current. “The program is in great shape and I’m hoping we can continue to be strong contenders for MEAC and national championships.”

Three current members of Delaware State’s bowling team, seniors Alexis Neuer, Ashley Merritt and Samantha DeLong, were recruited by Current during her previous tenure with the Hornets. Neuer was the 2018 MEAC Bowler of the Year, 2017 MEAC Rookie-of-the-Year, a two-time All-MEAC first-team selection and Intercollegiate Singles Championship qualifier as a freshman and sophomore.

Local ice hockey

Thunder signs Pens, Jr.: The Delaware Thunder announced its signed defenseman Charlie Pens, Jr.

Pens is the son of Thunder president and GM Charlie Penns, Sr.

“Charlie Pens, Jr. will anchor our defensive corps giving us a shutdown defense who will play against other teams’ top forwards,” said Penns, Sr. “His leadership and playing experience will help anchor our solid ‘D’ corps. Charlie will raise the bar for all players in our organization and lead by example both on and off the ice.”

The Thunder will begin their season at Harrington’s Centre Ice Rink in October.

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