Local roundup: Milford nips Smyrna-Clayton 3-2 in District I Major League baseball tourney

Milford’s Josh Miller is congratulated by third base coach Chris Short after hitting a three-run homer against Smyrna-Clayton in Middletown. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Milford opened the Major League baseball District I tournament by edging Smyrna-Clayton, 3-2, on Wednesday night.

The victory sends Milford to a second-round matchup with Camden-Wyoming at 8:30 p.m. today in the double-elimination tourney being played at M.O.T.

Winning pitcher Ryan Zimmerman threw a complete game and struck out 12 for Milford and added a hit at the plate.

Milford’s Ryan Zimmerman pitches against Smyrna-Clayton.

Also for Milford, Josh Miller went 2-for-2 with a homerun and all three RBI.

C.J. Lloyd struck out five for Smyrna-Clayton, Niko George had an RBI double while Liam Conway and Travon Ridgeway both had hits and scored a run.

M.O.T. 16, Felton-Harrington 0: Host M.O.T. blanked Felton-Harrington in Wednesday’s other first-round contest.

M.O.T. will take on Dover today at 6 p.m. in Middletown.

In Wednesday’s victory, M.O.T. was led by Garrett Overby (2-for-2, homer, 5 RBI), Ian Keane (2-for-2, 4 RBI), Anthony Contessa (2-for-3, 1 RBI) and Stefan Radovanovic (2-for-3, 1 RBI). Eddie Stranahan pitched a three-inning no-hitter.

Senior League

Smyrna-Clayton 13, Georgetown-Cape 2: District I champion Smyrna-Clayton advanced to the state finals with the win on Wednesday.

Smyrna-Clayton (1-1) will take on Naamans (2-0) today at 7 p.m. at Georgetown needing a win to force a second game for the title on Friday night. The state champion advances to the East Regional in Bangor, Maine.

Kyle McVey and Derek Davis both pitched for Smyrna-Clayton. Connor Bartlett (2 doubles, 2 RBI), Davis (1 hit, 2 RBI), McVey (1 hit, 3 runs), Dwayne Ratcliffe (2 hits, double, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Zach Lewis (1 hit, 1 RBI), Chris Black (1 hit, 2 RBI) and Mason Coburn (2 hits, 2 RBI) all led Smyrna-Clayton at the plate.

American Legion

Fox Post-2 6, Nanticoke Post-6 2: Fox Post 2 used a four-run second inning to take control of the South Division game on Tuesday night.

Mike Carrington allowed only two hits and struck out four in five innings to earn the win while he and Hiriam Davis combined on a five-hitter. Six different players had hits for Fox Post 2 with Dominic Velazquez and Mason Brewer both picking up RBI.

Dylan Niblett and Ryan Bishop both drove in runs for Nanticoke.

Canal Post-25 11, Nanticoke Post-6 1: Canal posted a South Division victory on Wednesday night.


Major League

Laurel 9, Canal 3: The District III champions downed Canal for the second time to advance to the state finals.

Laurel (2-1) will play Camden-Wyoming (1-0) today at 7 p.m. at Smyrna-Clayton needing a win to force a second game for the state title on Friday.

The state champion moves on to the East Regional in Bristol, Conn.

8-10 Tournament

M.O.T. 12, Camden-Wyoming 0: M.O.T. reached the District I finals with the win on Wednesday night.

M.O.T. (2-1) will face Smyrna-Clayton (2-0) in the title game today at 7 p.m. at Milford. If M.O.T. wins, the two teams will play again on Friday night.

Samantha Stokes and Makenna Rose combined to pitch a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and only three walks for M.O.T. Bailey Yaiser (1 hit, runs), Stokes (3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI), McKenna Riley (1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Sophia Miller (2-for-2, 3 RBI) led M.O.T. offensively.

Smyrna-Clayton 9, M.O.T. 0: Kate Slaney pitched the shutout while striking out five for Smyrna-Clayton in the District I tournament game on Tuesday night.

Lyndsey Roscoe (2-for-3, double) paced Smyrna-Clayton with Kylie Vanhorn, Addison Weisenberger and Slaney all adding hits.

Smyrna-Clayton 17, Camden-Wyoming 2: In a game played Monday, winning pitcher Lyndsey Roscoe struck out 14.

Savannah Arnold went 3-for-4 while Kylie Vanhorn, Roscoe, Kate Slaney, Addison Weisenberger, Kay Wolleyhand and Kennedy Marino all contributing hits for Smyrna-Clayton.

College basketball

Hens’ Horton picks Pitt: Delaware basketball player Ithiel Horton announced on Wednesday that he’s transferring to Pittsburgh.

The freshman guard chose Pitt over Arkansas after visiting both schools. The Panthers have a new head coach in Jeff Capel.

Horton, who averaged 13.2 points per game last season for the Blue Hens, will have to sit out this coming season before have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

“Let’s face it, I’m going up a few levels now,” Horton told Pittsburghsportsnow.com. “I’ve got work that I need to do and I’m excited to start playing with the guys and getting accustomed to the lifestyle that comes with going to Pitt.”

Local golf

Barbin wins Del. Junior: Austin Barbin fired a 71 on Wednesday to capture his first DSGA Delaware Boys’ Junior golf title.

An 18-year-old from Elkton, Md., Barbin carded a two-day, one-over par total of 143 at Chesapeake Bay GC.

Barbin, a Red Lion Christian grad and the top male finisher in this year’s high school state tournament, finished six shots ahead of Camden’s Matthew Miller, and Wilmington’s Nikita Romanov and Matt Homer, who all tied for second place at 149.

Miller, who will be a senior at Caesar Rodney High in the fall, matched Babin with an even-par 71 on Wednesday. Miller played the back nine at one-under par.

No one bettered par in the tourney.

College volleyball

UD’s Lambert promoted: The University of Delaware volleyball program has promoted assistant Kimberly Lambert to associate head coach.
Lambert is beginning her third season with the Blue Hens.

From 2006-08, Lambert was one of the youngest head coaches in Division I volleyball at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She was also an assistant for three seasons at North Carolina State.

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