Local roundup: Twice postponed CR-Sallies boys lacrosse state semifinal set for Sunday

DOVER — After being postponed twice by thunderstorms, the DIAA boys’ lacrosse state semifinal game between Caesar Rodney High and Salesianum will now be played on Sunday.

The contest is slated to start at 2 p.m. at Caravel Academy.

The game could not be played on Friday because of Sallies’ graduation or on Saturday because of CR’s graduation.

The winner will play top-seeded Cape Henlopen in the state finals on Wednesday at a site and time TBA. The state championship game can’t be played on Tuesday because of Cape’s graduation. Tickets are $6 for the semifinals and $7 for the finals.

Under coach Bob Healy, a Capital School District teacher and Wesley College football assistant, the Sals have made it to 12 straight state finals, winning the title nine times — including four in a row. Including a 19-5 loss to the Sals on May 14, CR has dropped at least its last 16 meetings with Sallies, dating back to 2009. That includes six state tourney losses.

The Riders lost three of their first four games — all against Maryland schools — to start the season under first-year head coach Brooks Johnson. But they’ve rebounded to win 11 of their next 13 games, losing to only Cape and Sallies in that stretch.

CR knocked off both No. 7 Middletown and No. 2 Tatnall to reach the semifinals. The Riders had made the state title game three times in the last seven seasons and seven times overall.

College softball

More honors for CR grad Burton: For the third time in her career, Caesar Rodney High grad Rosa Lynn Burton has been named an All-American.

The Wilmington University junior outfielder becomes the first Wildcat to be named first team as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II and Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association All-American teams have been announced.

On top of the All-American distinction, Burton was awarded the New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe Award after stealing 1.20 bases per game this year while finishing a perfect 60-for-60 overall.

She is the first three-time All-American in Wilmington University Athletics history, dating back to the 2004-05 season when the school became an NCAA Division II program.

Burton finished the season with a new career-best .517 batting average to go along with 91 hits, breaking the single-season program record. In all of NCAA Division II, she sits fifth in batting average and hits. Her season included five doubles, five triples, and one home run with 26 RBI.

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