Local roundup: Smyrna-Clayton reaches District I Senior League softball finals

Smyrna-Clayton downed Camden-Wyoming, 17-4, on Saturday night to reach the District I finals in Senior League softball.

Smyrna-Clayton will take on M.O.T. today at 7 p.m. at Camden-Wyoming in the title game.

With a record of 2-1 in the tournament, Smyrna-Clayton has to beat M.O.T. twice to advance to the state tourney.

M.O.T. 12, Smyrna-Clayton 2: In a game played Friday night, Danielle DeBenedictis pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts as M.O.T. advanced to the district finals.

DeBenedictis also went 3-for-3 with three RBI. Lexi Palmer and Julie Ward both added two hits for M.O.T. while Carly Dillulio drove in three runs.

Anna Norwell doubled home both Smyrna-Clayton runs.

Major League

Lower Sussex 2, Nanticoke-Laurel 1: Lower Sussex clinched the District III championship with the victory on Saturday evening.

The championship sends Lower Sussex to the state tournament, which starts July 11 in Roxana.

With the potential game-tying run on third base and no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Lower Sussex starting pitcher Camryn Ehlers knew she had to rely on her defense to help close things out.

“I knew they would be there for me,” she said.

Ehlers struck out consecutive batters before forcing a game-ending groundout to second base to finish the job.

“It was definitely a little nerve-wracking, but our defense has played great throughout this whole tournament and I’m just super proud of them,” said Lower Sussex manager Sarah Hoban. “This was a total team effort, defensively, all the way through. They did a good job.”

Destiny Mitchell and Kinsley Hall scored the two runs for Lower Sussex in the top of the first inning, with Mitchell scoring on a passed ball and Hall scoring on a Laniya Lewis single to left field.

Nanticoke-Laurel pitcher Kylee Hill tossed a complete game, allowing just the two first-inning runs in the loss.


American Legion

Nanticoke Post 6 takes sweep: Nanticoke Post 6 won a pair of close games with Stahl Post 30, 1-0, 10-7, in a twinbill at Seaford on Saturday.

Post 1 takes two from Smyrna: Delaware Post 1 swept Smyrna Post 14, 10-3, 16-1, in a doubleheader.

Canal Post-25 10, Newark Post-10 0: Mason Keene pitched a four-hit shutout for Canal.

Canal finished with 12 hits, closing out the game with a six-run fifth inning. Post 10 then forfeited the nightcap due to player position availability.

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