Roundup: Caesar Rodney, Cape Henlopen and Appoquinimink advance in lacrosse tourney

Second-seeded Caesar Rodney High rolled to an 18-4 victory over No. 15 M.O.T. Charter in the first round of the DIAA boys’ lacrosse state tournament on Tuesday evening.

The win sends the Riders (14-2) to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 7 Appoquinimink (12-4) in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

It will be the fourth time CR has faced the Jaguars in the last two seasons. The Riders downed Appo, 15-2, on April 27.

Cape Henlopen 21, Sanford 5: The No. 4 Vikings cruised past the No. 13 Warriors in their first-round contest.

Cape Henlopen (12-4), the Henlopen Conference champion, will take on fifth-seeded Archmere (13-3) on Saturday. The Vikings beat the Auks, 15-9, on April 7.

Appoquinimink 7, Dover 6, OT: The No. 7 Jaguars scored in overtime to edge the No. 10 Senators in the first round of the state tournament.

Dover, which finishes the season with a record of 10-6, outscored Appo, 3-2 in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 6-6.

Senior Will Niebrzydowski netted four goals and a pair of assists for the Senators. Derrick Madison and Demetrius Cave-Martin also scored for Dover, which was outshot, 27-26.

The Senators’ Anthony Tunnell made five saves. It was the second straight year that Dover fell in OT in the state tourney.

Baseball

Nine downstate teams in tourney: 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.

Indian River 10, First State Military 0: The Indians picked up the shutout win in their regular-season finale.

Red Lion Christian 4, Lake Forest 3: Red Lion scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to edge the Spartans.

Softball

State tourney delayed: The quarterfinal round of the DIAA softball state tournament was postponed by rain on Tuesday.

Those games will be played today. In the matchups involving downstate squads Lake Forest is at Smyrna (4 p.m.), Delmar is at Appoquinimink (4 p.m.) and Sussex Central is at Caravel (5 p.m.).

Tennis

State tournament pushed back: The third of the DIAA boys’ and girls’ tennis state tourneys were rained out on Tuesday.

They are scheduled to resume this afternoon with matches at various sites.

In the boys’ tournament, Caesar Rodney, Tower Hill and Wilmington Charter each advanced entries on all five courts to share the lead in the team standings with 10 points.

In the girls’ standings, CR, Dover, Archmere, Tower Hill and Wilmington Charter are all tied with 10 points.

College baseball

Five Hens make all-CAA: Led by freshman Billy Sullivan (CAA Co-Rookie of the Year) and junior Kyle Baker (CAA first team), Delaware placed five players on the all-Colonial Athletic Association baseball team.

The Blue Hens’ first CAA Rookie of the Year selection since Alex Buchholz in 2006, Sullivan (St. Mark’s) has a record of 6-3 this season with an ERA of 3.15. The righthander struck out a team-high 84 batters over his 65.2 innings pitched.

Sullivan also was selected to the third team and the CAA All-Rookie Team.

Baker hit .349 this season with 68 base hits. The Wilmington Charter grad recorded 14 extra-base hits, stole nine bases and drove in 37 runs.

He scored 27 run and recorded a team-best 23 multiple hit games and eight multiple RBI games.

Sullivan was joined on the CAA third team by first baseman Nick Patten, and outfielders Kevin Mohollen and Calvin Scott (St Mark’s).

Also for Delaware, shortstop Jordan Hutchins (Dover) earned All-Rookie honors. He finished with an average of .310, recording eight extra-base hits in 113 at-bats.

The infielder drove in 14 runs and scored 13 runs, stealing six bases in eight attempts.

College basketball

UD women in Preseason NIT: The Delaware women’s basketball team will make its fourth appearance in the Preseason WNIT next season.

The November event features a three-game guarantee for all participants with first round matchups and the entire bracket to be announced in the coming weeks. All games will be hosted by participating schools, with the championship game televised on CBS Sports Network.

In addition to Delaware, the field includes: Auburn, Hartford, Iowa State, Marquette, Miami, Montana State, Morgan State, New Mexico, Niagara, Nicholls State, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State and Yale.

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