Roundup: Fox Post-2, Nanticoke Post-6 win American Legion state tournament openers

Two downstate teams began the American Legion baseball state tournament with victories on Saturday.

The third will have to wait until this morning to get its tournament underway.

Fox Post-2 and Nanticoke Post-6 each earned a win in the first round while Smyrna Post-14 was unable to start the late game and will compete in its first round game today of the double-elimination tournament at 10 a.m. at Wilmington University’s Wilson Field.

Fox Post-2, the Dover-area squad and the tournament’s second seed, used a late-inning comeback to knock off No. 7 Canal Post-25 Middletown 9-7. Nanticoke Post-6, Sussex County’s Legion team, upset the third seed Post-10 Generals 9-6.

Fox Post-2 and Nanticoke Post-6 will now meet in the second round on Monday at Wilson Field at 12:30 p.m.

Joey Haas pitches for Fox Post 2 against Canal Post 25 in the American Legion baseball state tournament at Wilson Field in New Castle. (Special to the Delaware State News/Doug Curran)

Fox Post-2 trailed 5-0 through two and a half innings then was down 7-2 headed to the bottom of the seventh on Saturday against Canal Post-25 Middletown.

But with the games extended to nine innings for the state tournament, the Dover squad had extra time to make a comeback. It scored four runs in the seventh to cut its deficit to 7-6 before taking the lead for good with a three-run eighth inning.

Nanticoke Post-6 also fell behind early in its first round game on Saturday. The Post-10 Generals jumped out to a 2-0 advantage after the first inning.

John Campisilia bats for Fox Post 2. (Special to the Delaware State News/Doug Curran)

But Nanticoke Post-6 scored four runs in the second before adding five more in the third to take control of the contest.

If Smyrna Post-14 wins its game today (against fourth-seeded Stahl Post-30), it will play against the tournament’s top-seed Delaware Post-1 on Monday at 4:30 p.m. If it loses it will play an elimination game Monday at 10 a.m. against R.C. Du Pont Post-18.

Brent Buckson of Fox Post 2 is safe at first as Ryan Steckline of Canal Post 25 misses the tag. (Special to the Delaware State News/Doug Curran)

Delaware Post-1 downed R.C. du Pont Post-18 19-4 in the third game of the day on Saturday.

The only other contest scheduled for today is a 1:30 p.m. elimination game between Canal Post-25 Middletown (the defending champion) and the Post-10 Generals.

Softball

Senior League

M.O.T. wins opener at regional: M.O.T. the Delaware state champion, opened up the East Regional in Worcester, Mass. with a 8-6 victory over Pennsylvania.

The District I team was paced by starting pitcher Danielle DeBenedictis who struck out nine. Priya Patel and Maddie Land each recorded three hits to lead the offense.

M.O.T. continues the regional today with a game against New Jersey at 12:30 p.m.

Junior League

Nanticoke-Laurel earns another victory: Nanticoke-Laurel won its second-straight game at the East Regional in Orange, Conn. with a 4-1 defeat of Pennsylvania.

Nanticoke-Laurel, the Delaware state champion out of District III, opened the regional with a 11-2 victory over Maryland on Friday. It faces New Jersey today at 9:30 a.m.

8-10-year-old

Woodbridge 9, Camden-Wyoming 2: In the first championship game of the state tournament, Woodbridge kept its tournament hopes alive on Saturday.

It forces a winner-take-all rematch between the two teams tonight at 7 p.m. for the state title.

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