Local roundup: Spadafino throws shutout for UD

NEWARK — Nick Spadafino got his first chance to start a game at Delaware on Wednesday afternoon.

The Dover High grad didn’t waste the opportunity.base16-spadafino-wilm(mo)

Spadafino threw a two-hit complete game shutout to lead the Blue Hen baseball team to a 7-0 victory over local rival Wilmington University at Bob Hannah Stadium.

After making his first 35 career appearances out of the bullpen, Spadafino moved into the starting role and dominated the Wildcats. The righthander allowed only a second-inning double and a ninth-inning single as no runner reached third base.

Spadafino (4-2) walked just two batters and struck out a career-high eight. He was also helped by three double plays, including one in the ninth inning.

The pitching gem was the first complete-game shutout for a Delaware hurler since Chad Martin — now a New York Yankees farmhand — pitched a two-hitter in a 4-0 win over Fairfield on Mar. 16, 2014.

“This is a great feeling,” said Spadafino, who threw 60 of his 93 pitches for strikes. “Being in the bullpen my whole career here, getting that first start, I just wanted to give my team the chance to win. I just wanted to fill it up today and let the defense do their job. Our infield had a great game and turned some great double plays and our catcher Nick Tierno called a great game.”

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Hens (22-15) and helped them down their NCAA Division II foes for the first time since 2013. The shutout was the first in the series since Wilmington posted a 4-0 in 2011 and the first for Delaware since a 6-0 blanking in 1994.

The Wildcats, who lost for the fourth time in the last five games, advanced to the NCAA College World Series last season for head coach Brian August, a former All-American player at Delaware.

“We needed it,” said Delaware coach Jim Sherman. “That was a great effort by Spadafino. I was hoping to get four or five innings out of him but as he kept dialing up each inning and throwing well, we just kept him going.”

The Hens banged out 10 hits as Tierno matched a career-high by knocking in four runs, shortstop James Meeker went 3-for-3 and scored twice from the nine hole, and designated hitter Doug Trimble launched his fifth home run of the season to deep right center to lead off the sixth inning.


BOYS, Sussex Tech 18, Sussex Central 3: The Ravens netted 10 first-quarter goals in picking up the Henlopen North win.

Matthew Tull (4 assists) and Jason Whaley (1 assist) scored four goals apiece with Ian Carlisle (3 assists) adding three goals and Nathaniel Quillin (2 assists) scoring twice. Ryan Justis had five saves and Camden Chorman had three.

Central goalie Jordan Schmidt made 10 saves.

Gunston Day School, Md. 14, Delmarva Christian 1: The Royals tallied only a third-quarter goal in the setback.

GIRLS, Smyrna 17, Sussex Academy 6: The Eagles netted the first 12 goals of the game before picking up the Henlopen Coocnference victory.


Sussex Central 7, Lake Forest 5: The Golden Knights built a 7-0 advantage before holding off the Spartans, who rallied for five runs in the bottm of the seventh inning.

Brooke Stoeckel and winning pitcher Hayley McCabe combined for five hits and five RBI for Central.

Catera Kennedy, Mya Maddox, Brooke Glanden, Kerrigan Simpson and Brittany Baker all had RBI doubles for Lake Forest.

Girls’ soccer

Nandua, Va., 3, Laurel 2: Cassidy VanderHoeven and Kristin Malone both scored goals for the Bulldogs in the nonconference loss.

Goalie Monica Barrios stopped eight shots.

Laurel 3, Red Lion Christian 2: The Bulldogs earned their second win of the season on Tuesday.

Cassidy VanderHoeven tallied a first-half goal with Monica Barrios making four saves.

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