Roundup: 9th-seeded Delmar upsets top-seeded Caravel in softball tourney

Ninth-seeded Delmar High knocked off top-seeded Caravel, 7-5, in the DIAA softball state quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.

The Wildcats (16-4) play again today when they face No. 5 Delaware Military (15-5) in the state semifinals. The contest is slated for 12:30 p.m. at Lower Sussex Little League in Roxana.

The defending state champion Buccaneers (11-9) went 0-5 against Henlopen Conference teams this season.

Delaware Military 2, Sussex Tech 0: The Seahawks scored twice in the third inning before holding off the No. 4 RAvens in the state quarterfinals.

Sussex Tech finishes the season at 16-4.

College baseball

Delaware 14, UNCW 8: For the fourth time in the 17-year tenure of Delaware baseball coach Jim Sherman, the Blue Hens will play in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship game after Friday’s win.

The Hens, who are 3-0 in the tournament, struck for eight two-out runs in the sixth inning to take a 13-7 lead. The inning featured six hits, including back-to-back home runs by Brian Mayer and Kevin Mohollen. Mohollen’s home run tied the game at 7-7.

Delaware will play in the finals today 4:30 p.m. at UNC-Wilmington. A Blue Hen loss would force a second game for the title and the CAA’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

“Today I saw a bunch of young guys that are resilient, and hungry,” Sherman said. “This afternoon our guys were confident out there. We didn’t get down when they made their run, before we had the eight-run inning, all with two outs. I couldn’t have asked for a better effort from our guys.

“Great job, great effort by the offense and then we got great pitching again from the bullpen. The bullpen did a heck of a job.”

After the Blue Hens loaded the bases with two-outs in the sixth, shortstop Jeremy Ake was hit with a pitch to give UD an 8-7 lead.

Designated hitter Doug Trimble followed with a two-run double that gave UD a 10-7 lead. Following Trimble’s big hit, Nardo drove an RBI single up the middle that scored the Blue Hens 11th run of the ballgame.

The Hens scored their 12th and 13th runs of the game, on a Tierno two-run double. The Blue Hens added the 14th run of game on Patten’s RBI single.

In total, four Hens produced multiple hits including Mohollen and Patten. Jordan Glover, who went two-for-four, stole his league-leading 22nd base of the season.

Mohollen, who went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and two walks, also made a key catch  in the second to keep a run off the board.

Patten, who hit his 14th home run of the season in the first, gave the Blue Hens a 3-0 lead on the blast. Patten drove in four runs and scored twice.

“This team is starting to make a name for themselves,” Sherman said. “They can put a ‘feather in their cap’ by winning this thing. We haven’t won the postseason title since joining the CAA. We’ve had really good clubs throughout the years, as we have the second most CAA Tournament wins since 2002. Now heading into tomorrow we just need to close it out. I’m excited for this group, because they’re all performing so well.”

College football

Ex-Hen Bozick signs with Lions: Former Delaware standout offensive lineman Connor Bozick was signed to a free agent contract by the Detroit Lions this week.

Bozick, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound combination tackle-guard take part in Detroit’s pre-season camp. Former Blue Hen All-American linebacker Paul Worrilow, who played the past four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and played in the Super Bowl this past February, signed with the Lions earlier this spring.

The Lions will begin training camp July 23 in Allen Park, Mich.

“I’m excited to be joining a great organization like the Detroit Lions,” said Bozick. “The coaches here are world-class and I can’t wait to play more football and compete for a spot.”

Bozick was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, earning-second team honors in 2016 and third-team honors in 2015, and competed in both the FCS National All-Star Bowl and the Dream Bowl All-Star Game following the season. He also earned the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Outstanding Senior Lineman Award.

A versatile player who competed at both tackle and guard during his career, Bozick appeared in 46 career games with 24 straight starts to finish up his career and never missed a game since his redshirt freshman season in 2013.

College track & field

Hillman fails to advance: Delaware junior Sarah Hillman closed out the season Friday afternoon by competing at the NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field East Regionals at the University of Kentucky.

Competing in the discus, the Polytech High grad did not advance as she fouled on all three attempts and tied for 46th place in the standings. The top 12 finishers advance to the NCAA Championships to be held June 7-10 at the University of Oregon.

A 15th-place finisher at the NCAA Regionals last year, Hillman entered the meet with the nation’s ninth-best throw this season, a school-record toss of 186-2 that would have been good enough to win the event that was captured by Florida State’s Gleneve Grange (184-6) on Friday.

Wesley’s Attoh-Okine reaches finals: Wesley College junior Roland Attoh-Okine hurdled his way to today’s 110-meter hurdle finals on the second day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Attoh-Okine finished second in his heat with time of 14.39 seconds. That time was the fifth-fastest qualifying time amongst all the preliminary heats.

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