Local roundup: MOT wins Major baseball District crown

Camden Wyoming’s catcher Merric Hunt tags out MOT’s Ian Keane at home in the first inning in the Major League District I championship game. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

M.O.T. took its usual spot atop District I on Tuesday night but not before Camden-Wyoming made the Middletown-area all-stars work for it.

M.O.T. edged Camden-Wyoming, 3-2, in seven innings to capture its eighth straight District I title in Major League baseball.

It was also the 17th district banner in the last 18 years for M.O.T., which went 4-0 in the tournament.

Ian Keene had seven strikeouts in four innings for M.O.T. while Mike Biondolillo pitched three no-hit innings with five strikeouts. Biondolillo also hit a solo homerun.

For Camden-Wyoming (2-2), which lost twice to M.O.T. in the tourney, Steve Donigan hit a two-run homer.

The state tournament is being played in New Castle and starts on July 22. M.O.T. will open the three-team, double-elimination tourney against the District III champion.

Milton won the last three state championships.

8-10 tournament

Camden-Wyoming 14, Smyrna-Clayton 2: M.O.T. won its second-straight elimination game on Tuesday night.

The victory sends M.O.T. (3-1) to the losers’ bracket finals where it will play again today at 7 p.m. at Dover.

M.O.T. 15, Dover 0: M.O.T. stayed alive in the tournament with the victory on Monday night.

Pitchers Tyler Jones and Dylan Schimpf combined to strike out six in the shutout. Also for M.O.T. Hunter Skelton had two hits, including a triple, and Connor Fitzgerald, Ephram Starkey, Natalie Flowers, Bryce Stranahan and Grayson Walls all had a hit.

Wesley Stoops had a double for Dover.

College track & field

Kimes leaves Wesley for DSU: Delaware State didn’t have to look far to find a new head coach for its track and field, and cross country programs.

After a successful run at Wesley College, Stephen Kimes was recently named the Hornets’ coach.

Since starting at Wesley in 2012, Kimes has coached seven NCAA Division III national champions, 45 NCAA All-Americas, 90 NCAA national championship qualifiers, 123 conference champions, 291 all-conference selections and 82 academic all-conference honorees.

This year, Kimes led a sweep by the Wesley women and men in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, marking only the third done that the feat has been achieved in meet history.

In 2016 under Kimes, the Wesley men’s outdoor 400-meter relay team set an NCAA Div. III national championship meet record with a time of 40.01 seconds. His Wesley men’s 1,600-meter relay team posted the second fastest time in Div. III outdoor championship history at 3:08.26.

Kimes led the Wolverine men to the 2018 ECAC Outdoor Track & Field championship, while 10 Wesley student-athletes were selected as Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year or Rookie of the Year during his tenure.

In addition, Wesley set 10 CAC, 14 Atlantic East Conference and 99-percent of all school records during his tenure.

Wesley achieved its first track and field national rankings under Kimes. The Wolverine men rose to No. 6 nationally, while the Wesley women were ranked as high as No. 17.

Kimes is a two-time United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Mideast Region Coach of the Year honoree, earning the award for Men’s Outdoor Track in 2018 and for Men’s Indoor Track in 2017.

He was also honored as the Capital Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2017.

Prior to his years at Wesley, Kimes was the track & field/cross country coach at Carver Vocational and Technical High School in Baltimore.

College basketball

UD men to play in Bahamas: The Delaware men’s basketball team will be taking a seven-day foreign tour to the Bahamas from Aug. 5-11, where the Blue Hens will play three exhibition games in Nassau.

“It comes at a great time for our program, heading into year four with our group,” coach Martin Ingelsby said. “I’m excited to continue to learn about our team, for our guys to go and enjoy some nice weather, enjoy a beautiful resort, and play against some international competition.”

Beyond the court, the trip to the Bahamas, and a week of practice in Newark beforehand, will provide an opportunity for the team to grow closer before the season starts.

“Also develop some chemistry, camaraderie, a bond that we’ll continue to feed off of moving forward,” Ingelsby added about the goal of the trip. “I really like our group. We’ve got an older group with a mixture of some young guys in there. But I do think this will be an important seven days of practice, and then seven days on our trip to really continue to learn about our group and come closer together.”

The NCAA allows programs to take a foreign tour once every four academic years. Due to NCAA transfer rules, this will be the first time Nate Darling, Justyn Mutts and Dylan Painter will get to play in game action for the Blue Hens.

“Those guys are chomping at the bit to get out there,” Ingelsby said.

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