Roundup: Downstate teams post wins in regionals

Kerrigan Simpson smacked a pair of homeruns as Kent County’s District I downed Massachusetts, 12-1, on Monday morning to improve to 3-0 in the Big League softball Eastern Regional.

The victory guarantees the Delaware state champions a spot in Wednesday’s semifinals in the six-team tournament being played in Worcester, Mass. The finals will also be held Wednesday with the winner advancing to the World Series in Lower Sussex.

District I wraps up pool play today with a 9 a.m. game against New Jersey District 11.Shaina Reed-2

Simpson went 3-for-4 with four RBI. Her three-run homer in the seventh inning scored Shaina Reed and Kasey Fry.

Megan Fry then followed with a three-run homerun of her own to score Haylee Scruggs (3-for-4) and Kailey Perry (2-for-4). Whitney DeMora (3-for-4) capped off the seven-run inning with a solo homer.

Reed was the winning pitcher, finishing with eight strikeouts.

Major League

Eastern Regional, Lower Sussex 5, Connecticut 4: The Delaware state champions scored the final five runs of the contest to reach the winners’ bracket finals of the Eastern Regional in Bristol, Conn.

Lower Sussex (3-0) faces Rhode Island (3-0) today at 5 p.m. with the winner moving on to Thursday’s regional finals.

Taylor Lipkins singled and scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth after an error on a hard-hit groundball by Morgan Bomhardt (3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run). Ursula Barrinetos (2-for-3) singled home Morgan McGee (2 runs) with the tying run in the fifth for Lower Sussex, which trailed 4-0 after two innings.

Winning pitcher Sierra Livingston threw a five-hitter with four strikeouts and also went 2-for-4. Kiley Persolio, Brandi Mitchell and Savannah O’Shields had one RBI apiece for Lower Sussex, which had 11 hits in the game.

Baseball

Senior League

Eastern Regional, Cape Henlopen 2, New York 0: Three Cape pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout as the Delaware state champions avoided elimination for the fourth straight game.

The victory puts Cape in the losers’ bracket finals, which are scheduled for today at 7:30 p.m. in West Deptford, N.J. Cape will face either New Jersey or Pennsylvania, with the winner advancing to Wednesday’s championship game.

David Erickson (4 innings), Tommy Hefferman (2) and Zack Gelof (1) combined to allow just three singles and two walks in the shutout.

Cape got a run in the third inning when Gelof walked and scored on a double by Zach Savage. Cape made it 2-0 in the fourth when Richard Carey singled and later scored on a single from Will Geppert.

Big League

Dist. I opens Series today: Kent County’s District I plays its first game at the Big League World Series today when the East champions take on U.S. Central champ Michigan at 12:30 p.m. in Easley, S.C.

There are nine teams taking part in the double-elimination tourney.

If it wins, District I will play again on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Southwest champion Texas. A loss would send the Delaware squad to a 4 p.m. contest on Thursday.

Like District I, Michigan was the host all-star team of its regional, played in Wyoming, Mich. It went 4-0, beating Illinois, 4-3 in the title game.

Kent County, which includes 10 players from Dover, went 5-1 in the East Regional, winning its last three games to earn its first trip to the Big League World Series since 2006.

Intermediate

C-W’s Friend wins homerun contest: Christopher Friend from Camden-Wyoming won the homerun hitting contest as part of the Intermediate Eastern Regional being played in Long Island on Monday.

Camden-Wyoming is 2-1 in the tournament and returns to action today with an 11 a.m. game against Maryland in its final pool-play contest.

American Legion

State tournament, Delaware Post-1 13, Post 3 Milford 2: Post 1 scored five runs in the second inning and four more in the third to pull away to the victory on Monday.

Eighth-seeded Milford finishes 1-2 in the tourney, being played at Wilson Field in New Castle. Milford had only three hits in the seven-inning contest as Noah Piper had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.

Mike Robertson added a hit and scored a run with Jeshuru Sestito collecting the other RBI for Milford, which scored twice in the top of the first.

College football

Wesley’s Callahan earns preseason honor: After a record-breaking campaign in 2014, quarterback Joe Callahan was selected as a second-team D3football.com Preseason All-American.

The Wesley College football team posted a 12-2 record last season, with Callahan leading the Wolverine offense to 48.9 points per game. As a junior, he finished second in the Division III in passing yards and passing touchdowns, throwing for 4,190 yards, a single-season program record, and 46 TDs.

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