Local roundup: Naamans tops Smyrna-Clayton 6-1 in Junior League tourney opener

Nolan Fretz of Smyrna-Clayton connects for a single in the 2nd inning against Naamans. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Naamans downed Smyrna-Clayton, 6-1, in the opening game of the Junior League baseball state tournament on Tuesday evening.

Naamans, the District II champion, now faces District III winner Cape/Georgetown today at 7 p.m. at Millsboro.

Smyrna-Clayton is slated to play again on Thursday in the losers’ bracket finals.

8-10 year olds

Camden-Wyoming 8, Lower Sussex 1: District I champion Camden-Wyoming won the first game of the state tournament on Tuesday night.
C-W now faces Newark National today at 7 p.m. at Canal Little League.

Kurt Helsdon, who pitched the first four innings, William Lorentz and Anthony Christenson combined to limit Lower Sussex to one run. Offensively, Evan Fowler (3 runs), Ethan Wisler (1 hit, 2 RBI), Gabe Harris (1 hit) and Cam Scaffedi (1 RBI) paced Camden-Wyoming.

Dylan Grise (2-for-3), Ricky Wiggins (1 hit) and Davis Watson (double) led Lower Sussex, which plays again on Thursday.

Smyrna-Clayton’s coach brings his infield to the mound to settle them down after a shaky first inning against Naamans.

American Legion

Fox Post 2 postponed: With rain and wet field conditions continuing to be an issue at the American Legion state tournament, Fox Post 2’s game on Tuesday was pushed back until today.

The Kent County squad, which is 2-0 in the tourney, will now face top-seeded Delaware Post 1 (2-0) today at 5 p.m. The tournament is being held at Wilson Field in New Castle.

The most-recent schedule has the tournament concluding on Friday.

Softball

Major League

Lower Sussex splits two: A pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Lower Sussex to a 4-2 victory over Maine and kept the Delaware state champions alive in the Eastern Regional on Tuesday evening.

First baseman Caden Daniels of Smyrna-Clayton gloves a line drive and tags Thane Martin of Naamans for an unassisted double play.

Earlier in the day, Lower Sussex (3-1) suffered its first loss, 3-2, to Rhode Island in the tournament being played in Bristol, Conn.
The Sussex County squad next plays today at 11:30 a.m. against Connecticut needing two more wins to reach the regional finals.

Jaya Shaub and Katie McHale had the only hits for Lower Sussex against Maine while Kinsley Hall scored twice. Hall was also the winning pitcher, throwing a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Rhode Island scored twice in the top of the fourth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit against Lower Sussex in the first game
Lower Sussex took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the second. Pitcher Camryn Ehlers had two of five hits for Lower Sussex while Destiny Mitchell drove in a run.

After Lower Sussex started the tourney with back-to-back shutouts, Rhode Island scored its three runs on eight hits. Ehlers struck out five with one walk.

Senior League

New York 13, M.O.T. 2: M.O.T. dropped to 1-3 with the loss to New York on Monday in the Eastern Regional.

The Delaware state champions are slated to play host Worcester, Mass. today at 10 a.m.

Junior League

Maine 11, Millsboro 9: The Delaware state champions finished the Eastern Regional with a record of 2-3 after the loss on Tuesday in Orange, Conn.

College football

Hens picked No. 3 in CAA poll: The CAA pollsters think the Delaware football team should be a contender in the league this fall.

A year after the Blue Hens went 7-4 in coach Danny Rocco’s first season, Delaware was picked to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association according to the league’s preseason poll released on Tuesday at Media Day.

Only three-time defending CAA champion James Madison and New Hampshire ranked ahead of the Hens, who also had five players named to the preseason all-conference team.

Eight starters return on offense for Delaware, including leading rusher Kani Kane (142 att., 594 yds., 7 TD’s) and top receiver Jamie Jarmon (29 rec., 327 yds., 6 TD’s). The Blue Hens ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense (16.8 ppg) last season and have seven starters back. Topping that group are defensive back Nasir Adderley (78 tackles, 5 int.) and linebackers Troy Reeder (89 tackles) and Charles Bell.

Kane, a Sussex Tech High grad, Reeder and Adderley were all named to the preseason all-conference team along with tight end Charles Scarff, and offensive lineman Mario Farinella. All five players are seniors.

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