Local roundup: Wesley wins 9-1 at Fast Pitch tournament, Hornets lose to Navy in baseball

Delaware State’s Josh Jackson drives a Navy pitch deep to center for a sacrifice fly against Navy. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

The Wesley College softball team cruised to a 9-1 victory over Franciscan on Thursday in its fourth day of play at the Fast Pitch Spring Dreams Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Wesley (8-3) scored in the bottom of the first inning when Brandi Dalious (Polytech) doubled down the left field line past a diving third baseman to score Megan DiRubbio (Polytech) from second base. Franciscan evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the second inning.

But the Wesley bats came to life in the third inning. Ashley Royer had a double to center field that scored Bianca Newsom.

Dalious then followed with a double of her to the left-center field gap that plated Royer from first base. Two batters later, MyKayla Bird smacked a two-run double to right-center field to stretch the Wesley lead to 5-1.

Delaware State pitcher Juan Sanchez goes to the plate in game Thursday against Navy. Special To The Delaware Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Wesley added a run in the fifth when Royer hit a two-out single to left field that brought home DiRubbio.

Wesley put the run-rule in effect with a three-run fifth. Newsom hit an infield single and Franciscan threw the ball away to allow Amanda Curry and DiRubbio to score.

Royer followed with a walk-off triple to right-center field that scored Newsom to seal the victory.

Royer was a home run away from hitting for the cycle as she collected three hits and drove in three runs. Dalious and DiRubbio also notched three hits.

Dalious and MyKayla Bird each tallied two RBI while DiRubbio scored three times. Newsom and Dori Loukopoulos each recorded two hits while Newsom added two runs scored and an RBI.

On the mound, Loukopoulos (7-0) struck out seven batters and allowed only five hits, two walks and run in a complete-game effort.

College baseball

Navy 23, Delaware State 5: The Midshipmen were leading by only four runs before erupting for eight in the fifth inning of the nonconference win.

Navy collected 18 hits in the contest as 10 different players had at least one hit off six DSU pitchers. The Midshipmen also took advantage of 14 walks and five errors by the Hornets.

Miquel Rivera (Polytech) had three of DelState’s 10 hits with an RBI. Toddy Henry added two hits and scored twice while Darnell Mainsonet walked three times.

DelState (2-14) has lost 12 games in a row.

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