Nine downstate teams make baseball tourney

DOVER – Nine downstate squads have made the 24-team field for the DIAA baseball state tournament that was determined on Tuesday night.

For the second straight year, the top eight-seeded teams will receive a first-round bye. Unlike last season, though, the first two rounds will be played on separate days.

Henlopen Conference champion Cape Henlopen (15-3), the No. 4 seed, was the only downstate squad to earn a first-round bye.

The tourney starts on Thursday with eight opening-round matchups. Thursday’s contests all start at 4 p.m.

In first-round games involving downstate teams, No. 17 Dover (11-6) will play at No. 16 Indian River (11-7); No. 24 Polytech (10-8) will play at No. 9 Wilmington Friends (15-3); No. 12 Delmar (12-5) hosts No. 21 Conrad (9-8); No. 18 Delmarva Christian (12-4) faces No. 15 Delaware Military (11-6) at Newark National Little League; No. 23 Sussex Tech (10-8) plays at No. 10 Red Lion Christian (14-4); No. 19 Sussex Central (11-7) will play at No. 14 Concord (12-6); and No. 22 Caesar Rodney (10-6) will play at No. 11 Middletown (12-8).

The tournament continues on Saturday. Cape Henlopen will host the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 13 Archmere and No. 20 Newark Charter.

BASEBALL

DIAA State tournament

First round

Thursday, May 24

Games start at 4 p.m.

17-Dover (11-6) at 16-Indian River (11-7)

24-Polytech (10-8) at 9-Wilmington Friends (15-3)

20-Newark Charter (10-7) at 13-Archmere (12-6)

21-Conrad (9-8) at 12-Delmar (12-5)

18-Delmarva Christian (12-4) vs. 15-Delaware Military (11-6) at Newark National Little League

23-Sussex Tech (10-8) at 10-Red Lion Christian (14-4)

19-Sussex Central (11-7) at 14-Concord (12-6)

22-Caesar Rodney (10-6) at 11-Middletown (12-8)

Second round

Saturday, May 26

Games start at 1 p.m.

Dover/Indian River at 1-William Penn (15-2)

Polytech/Friends at 8-Salesianum (12-6)

Newark Charter/Archmere at 4-Cape Henlopen (15-3)

Conrad/Delmar at 5-Appoquinimink (14-4)

Delmarva Christian/DMA at 2-Caravel (14-2)

Sussex Tech/Red Lion at 7-St. Georges (12-4)

Sussex Central/Concord at 3-St. Mark’s (15-3)

CR/Middletown at Hodgson (13-4)

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, May 30

Times and sites TBA

Semifinals

Friday, June 1

Times and sites TBA

Finals

Saturday, June 3

Time and site TBA

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