Roundup: Caravel tops Polytech 7-2 in 2015 title rematch

In a rematch of last year’s softball state title game, Polytech High fell to Caravel Academy 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The Buccaneers’ win avenged a 20-0 loss for the state championship a year ago.

Taylor Pechin belted a home run to tie the game for Polytech in the second inning, but Caravel answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Amanda Waishes added a RBI single for Polytech in the fourth inning.

Smyrna 28, Newark 0: Olyvia Smith and Jessica Anderson tallied 13 strikeouts and walked none for the combined shutout.

Madison Drummond and Tayler John had four RBIs apiece, while Autumn Wilson and Madison Price added three each.


Smyrna 11, Newark 2: The Eagles earned the nonconference win Saturday behind a complete game from John Barkley.

Indian River 9, Seaford 5: The Indians scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to rally from an early four-run deficit.

Jake Hudson was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Zane Richard and DeShawn Aiken were 2-for-3 each while Joey Anderson was 2-for-4.

For Seaford, Dylan Allen was 2-for-3 with a double and Paul Harris was 1-for-2 with one run scored.

William Penn 5, Laurel 2: Trace Hitchins and Tim Chandler each had two hits and one RBI for Laurel in the nonconference defeat.

Appoquinimink 4, Delmar 0: The Jaguars broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the fourth and pulled away from the Wildcats.

College lacrosse

MEN, Drexel 6, Delaware 5: Yet another Delaware-Drexel men’s lacrosse came down to the wire Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

Unfortunately for the Blue Hens, the result was more of the same in this hard-fought rivalry.

Delaware led until the final minutes but Drexel tied it up with 2:37 left in regulation and then scored the game-winner with 39 seconds remaining in overtime to post a Colonial Athletic Association victory and put the Hens’ post-season hopes on hold.

The Blue Hens (5-9, 2-2 CAA), coming off a huge 10-7 upset win over Towson a week ago, could not keep the momentum going and fell to the Dragons (5-8, 1-3) for the fifth straight time and for the second straight year in overtime.

“I think we did a lot of good things today but you have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture,” said Delaware senior midfielder and co-captain Elijah Conte, who was one of 11 seniors honored prior to the game. “It came down to putting the ball in the back of the net. I don’t think anyone really separated today. I tell you what, this is CAA lacrosse to a T.  Sometime the ball doesn’t fall your way at the end.”

Delaware overcame a one-goal deficit to start the fourth quarter as the Hens tied it on a goal by Dean DiSimone just 1:33 into the stanza and then took the lead on a goal by Andrew Romagnoli with 9:28 left.

But Drexel, which snapped a three-game losing streak, tied it on a goal by little-used junior Jeremy Omrod with 2:37 left in regulation and won it on Michael Kay’s rifle shot from 12 yards out with just 39 seconds left in overtime.

The Dragons have now defeated the Hens five straight times, including three of the last four by a single goal. Over the last 16 meetings, 13 have been decided by three goals or less.

“I knew it was going to be this type of game and we prepared the team for it,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “We seemed to be trying to find the perfect inside look and thread the needle today and that is where some of our turnovers came from. Both teams were focused, geared in and ready to play.”

Delaware goalkeeper Parker Ferrigan was brilliant in goal, turning back 11 Drexel shots, including a point-blank offering by Omrod with just 17 seconds left in regulation that would have won the game. DiSimone and Romagnoli each added an assist and Connor Frisina, Paul Major, and Chris Colaneri provided the other goals.

The Blue Hens, who could have clinched an CAA Tournament berth with a win, will have to wait a week to secure the spot. A Delaware win over Fairfield in its regular season finale next Friday or a loss by Drexel against UMass that same day will secure a semifinal spot for the Hens for the second time in the last three seasons.

College baseball

Hens sweep Siena: Delaware got two more outstanding pitching performances and mixed in some timely hitting to post a non-league baseball doubleheader sweep over Siena College Saturday at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The Blue Hens (24-15) ran their winning streak to three games as they collected victories of 11-4 in the opener and 6-2 in the seven-inning nightcap. Siena, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, extended its losing streak to four games and fell to 12-25.  Delaware outscored the Saints 17-6 and outhit them 22-12 during the twinbill, which marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools in baseball.
The teams will meet in the third and final game of the weekend series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium. Delaware freshman Kyle Hinton will take the mound for his third career start.

In the opener, Delaware ace right-hander Ron Marinaccio improved to 7-2 on the season as he went seven strong innings and allowed just seven hits and two runs while striking out four. In the nightcap, Blue Hen freshman lefty Brandon Walter pitched a seven-inning complete game in which he allowed just four hits and struck out eight to improve to 4-3 on the season.

“It was a great day on the mound, we needed that,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Marinaccio and Walter dialed up great performances for us and that is what we need if we are going to start playing well in the four remaining conference weekend series. We also got some timely hitting and some good production out of the middle of the order, especially from (Nick) Tierno and (Jordan) Glover who keep chugging along. We are looking forward to getting back here tomorrow and getting the sweep.”

Frostburg State 24, Wesley 13: The Wolverines’ Capital Athletic Conference Tournament hopes came to a crashing halt on Saturday morning when they fell to the Frostburg State University Bobcats in an elimination game.

The contest was resumed on Saturday morning after a rainstorm, but all of Wesley’s momentum was gone. The Bobcats capitalized by getting out of the bottom of the ninth inning without allowing a Wolverines’ run. In the top of the tenth inning the Bobcats strung together five hits and capitalized on two costly Wesley errors to plate 11 runs and take a 24-13 lead. With the tide swung back to the Bobcats, the Wolverines couldn’t muster a rally in response and fell to the top seed.

The Wolverines moved to 20-17 on the season, their first 20-win season since 2013 and their third in five years under coach Bret Underwood.

College softball

Hornets earn sweep: Saturday afternoon, the Delaware State softball team (22-16, 15-2 MEAC) continued its winning ways by defeating the Howard Bison (7-31, 3-11 MEAC) on the road in a doubleheader, 6-1 and 14-1 (five innings).

With these victories, the Hornets have now won 11 consecutive conference games, in addition to churning out eight straight victories overall.

Howard, on the other hand, has now dropped 15 in a row to the Hornets, with its last victory occurring way back on April 3, 2011 (6-1).

Hens fall twice to JMU: The University of Delaware softball team dropped a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader to sixth-ranked James Madison, 8-0 and 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.

Alyshia Dellatore ripped an RBI and later stole home during the second game, while Anna Steinmetz delivered a two-run single in the top of the seventh.

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