Local roundup: Smyrna-Clayton forces second 8-10 softball state title game

Home plate umpire Richard Pulling watches as Savannah Arnold of Smyrna-Clayton makes contact on a pitch from Cierra Lewis of Lower Sussex. Special to the State News/Gary Emeigh

Smyrna-Clayton topped Lower Sussex, 9-2, on Thursday evening to force a second game for the state title in the 8-10 tournament.

The two squads are slated to play again today at 8 p.m. at Milford. The starting time was moved to 8 because of the excessive heat expected.

The state champion advances to the Eastern Regional in Jenkins Township, Pa.

Both Smyrna-Clayton and Lower Sussex are 2-1 in the state tournament.

Baseball

Major League

Lower Sussex wins Dist. III title: Lower Sussex rallied from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning to top Lewes-Rehoboth, 6-5, and win the District III Major League title on Wednesday night.

The victory sends Lower Sussex to the state tournament, which is being hosted by New Castle Little League. Lower Sussex will face District I champion M.O.T. in the first round on Sunday at 5 p.m.

The state champion earns a spot in the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn.

Lower Sussex finished 4-1 in the District III tourney.

Junior League

Cape-Georgetown going to states: Cape-Georgetown blanked Nanticoke-Laurel, 11-0, on Wednesday night to wrap up the District III crown.

Cape-Georgetown (3-0) allowed just one run in its three district tourney games. The Junior League state tournament starts on Tuesday at Smyrna-Clayton with Cape-Georgetown facing the District II champion at 7 p.m.

District I champion Camden-Wyoming will face the winner on Wednesday night.

8-10 tournament

District I game rained out: The District I tournament losers’ bracket game between Milford and M.O.T. was postponed on Thursday night by a heavy rain that went through Dover.

The contest is now slated to restart today at 7 p.m. at Dover with Milford leading, 2-0. The winner will face Camden-Wyoming in the district championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m.

American Legion

State tourney on tap: The six-team American Legion baseball state tournament gets started on Saturday with a pair of games at Caravel Academy.

The sixth-seeded Nanticoke Post 6 Patriots will face No. 3 Stahl Post 30 at noon with fifth-seeded Canal Post 25 taking on No. 4 Delaware Post 1 at 5 p.m.

The double-elimination tourney continues on Sunday at Caravel with No. 2 Fox Post 2 playing at 5 p.m. and top-seeded DelVets playing at 7:30 p.m.

The tournament moves to St. Mark’s for the final four days, concluding with the championship game on Thursday at noon. The state champion earns a berth in the Mid-Atlantic Regional, which starts on Aug. 7 at Asheboro, N.C.

A year ago, Post 1 became the first Delaware squad to capture the American Legion World Series crown.

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