Local roundup: Middletown defeats CR 10-3 in baseball tourney first round

Caesar Rodney’s Thomas Pomatto pitches against a Middletown batter. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Middletown High, the 11th seed, rolled to a 10-3 victory over No. 22 Caesar Rodney in the opening round of the DIAA baseball state tournament on Thursday afternoon.

The Cavaliers (13-8) advance to a second-round contest at No. 6 Hodgson on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Middletown, which outhit the Riders 11-6, built a 7-0 lead after five innings. Three Cavalier pitchers scattered six hits and struck out 12.

CR got a pair of doubles from Mason Brewer, finishing with four doubles in the contest.

The Riders were playing in the state tourney for the first time since 2014. They finish with a record of 10-7 after starting the season 9-1.

Sussex Central 6, Concord 2: The No. 19 Golden Knights knocked off the No. 14 Raiders in the tourney’s first round.

Central (12-7) will go on the road again Saturday for a second-round contest at No. 3 St. Mark’s (15-3) at 1 p.m.

Riders second baseman Matthew Atkinson chases a grounder.

Conrad 7, Delmar 5: The No. 21 Red Wolves scored twice in the sixth to break a 5-5 tie and top the No. 12 Wildcats in the tournament game.

Delmar scored four runs in the fourth to knot the score. Matt Rodriguez, Christian Pierson, and Jordan Haddaway all homered for the Wildcats (12-6), who were limited to four hits in the contest.

Winning pitcher Marshall Awtry struck out 11 in six innings for Conrad (10-8), which plays a 1 p.m. game at No. 4 Appoquinimink (14-4) on Saturday.

Delaware Military 4, Delmarva Christian 0: Matthew Kohan pitched a three-hitter to earn the shutout for the No. 15 Seahawks.

DMA (13-6) next plays at No. 2 Caravel (14-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The No. 18 Royals (12-5) got hits from Wesley Hobbs, Andrew Workman, and Benjamin Hobbs.

Sussex Tech game suspended: The first-round tourney game between Sussex Tech and Red Lion Christian was suspended by darkness with the score tied, 5-5.

Middletown’s second baseman Alexander Weber completes a force tag on a Caesar Rodney runner.

The contest will resume today at 2 p.m. at Red Lion. The winner plays at No. 7 St. Georges on Saturday at 1 p.m.


CR teams lead going into finals: Both Caesar Rodney High teams hold the lead going into today’s final round of the DIAA tennis state tournament.

Dover’s girls are also still in contention for their first state crown with the championship matches slated for 1:30 p.m. today at St. Andrews.

CR’s boys have 18 points to lead both Tower Hill and St. Andrews with 15 points apiece. The Riders have four of five entries in the finals.

In the girls’ bracket, the Riders have 18 points while the Senators have 17 and three other teams have 14 points each. CR has four entries in the finals while Dover has two.

Two points are awarded for a victory in the finals.

CR and Dover meet head-to-head at second singles where the Senators’ top-seeded Erika Synoski faces the Riders’ No. 2 Nora Frederick. The Senators snapped CR’s streak of 11 straight Henlopen Conference Tournament titles two weeks ago.

At girls’ first singles, Dover’s No. 2 Victoria Anyanwu takes on Archmere’s top-seeded Grace Dignazio in the finals. In the boys’ first singles title match, the Riders’ No. 2 Rishi Gundakaram faces top-seeded Tower Hill’s top-seeded Robby Ward for the championship.

CR’s boys have five of the last seven team state titles while the Riders’ girls have won two in a row. They swept the two championships in 2011.

Girls’ soccer

Indian River 2, Caravel 1, OT: The sixth-seeded Indians knocked off the No. 3 Buccaneers in overtime on Thursday night.

The victory puts IR (10-4) in Wednesday’s Division II semifinals where it will face No. 2 Delaware Military at a time and site TBA.

College baseball

Delaware 5, Charleston 1: Catcher Zach Miller drove in three runs to support another strong pitching performance as fifth-seeded Delaware remained alive in the CAA Tournament.

The Blue Hens (31-26) face top-seeded Northeastern at 3 p.m. today in the double-elimination tourney being played at James Madison. UD has won twice since losing its opener.

Miller finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI while Calvin Scott was 2-for-4 and with a run scored and Kyle Baker went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Chris Ludman (2-2), a freshman right-hander, scattered three hits over the first 5.2 innings. James Meeker picked up his sixth save after allowing one run over the final 3.1 frames.

Central’s Mears honored: Sussex Central High grad Justin Mears, a pitcher for Wilmington University, was voted first-team ABCA All-East region by the head coaches while also earning a spot on the NCBWA Honorable Mention as voted on by the region’s writers.

Mears led all the East Region with 11 saves, making 23 appearances while going 1-1 with a 2.02 ERA. In 26.3 innings, he struck out 23 while allowing 18 hits, only allowing opponents to hit .188. Seven of his saves came in CACC play while he also earned a save and picked up a win in the CACC Tournament.

College softball

Wesley’s Royer honored: Wesley College junior third baseman Ashley Royer was named All-Eastern College Athletic Conference Honorable Mention on Thursday.

Royer ranked third in the Capital Athletic Conference in hitting, fifth in on-base percentage and ninth in slugging percentage. Royer tallied a .446 batting average, reached base at a .486 clip and slugged .624.

She recorded two home runs with 21 runs batted in, 25 runs scored, 10 doubles and one triple.

UD’s Steinmetz wins award: Delaware junior catcher Anna Steinmetz was named to the ECAC Division I Softball second team.

Steinmetz started all 49 games for the Blue Hens this season, including 25 behind the plate. She led Delaware with 12 doubles, 10 home runs and 38 RBI while hitting .341 on the year and posted 13 multi-hit games on the season.

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