Roundup: Indian River falls to Tower Hill 2-1 in D-II soccer quarterfinals

Sixth-seeded Tower Hill knocked off No. 3 Indian River, 2-1, in the DIAA Division II girls’ soccer quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

The Hillers (13-2-1) advance to Thursday’s semifinals where they will face No. 7 Delaware Military, which knocked off No. 2 Newark Charter on penalty kicks.

The Indians finish the season with a record of 14-3.

Baseball

Quarterfinals postponed: Tuesday’s quarterfinal round of the DIAA baseball tournament was postponed by rain and wet field conditions.

Cape Henlopen, the only remaining Henlopen Conference team in the field, will face top-seeded Conrad at 4 p.m. at Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium.

Appo’s Steckline named state’s top player: Ryan Steckline of Appoquinimink High has been named the Gatorade Delaware Baseball Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior left-handed pitcher and first baseman had led the Jaguars to a 16-3 record and a berth in the state tournament. Steckline posted a 3-2 record on the mound with one save, a 1.33 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 36.2 innings through 19 games.

He was batting .390 with 10 RBI and a .561 slugging percentage entering the postseason.

Steckline also volunteered locally to collect more than $20,000 worth of sporting goods to donate to athletes in need and was nominated for Nike’s I Am Sport award.

“Ryan Steckline is an outstanding player in all facets of the game,” said Appo coach Billy Cunningham. “He has been a consistent run producer in the middle of our lineup and has been our go-to pitcher in big games his entire career.”

Steckline has maintained a 3.5 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Monmouth University this fall.

Special Olympics

Del. Games on tap: The 47th annual Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games is being held at the University of Delaware on June 9-10.

Nearly 800 athletes and Unified partners (peers without disabilities) are scheduled to compete in six sports — aquatics, bocce, power lifting, tennis, softball, and track and field — during the two-day event.

A gala opening ceremony takes place Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Center. All events are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.sode.org.

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