Roundup: Maddox leads D-III to Big League semifinals

Mya Maddox doubled home both District III runs in the third inning and finished the game by pitching three shutout innings as the Sussex County squad edged U.S. Southeast, 2-1, in the Big League softball World Series quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.

The victory sends the host team to the semifinals of the tournament being played at Lower Sussex Little League in Roxana.

District III (3-2) will face U.S. Southwest champion Louisiana (4-1) today at 5 p.m. for the right to play in Sunday’s championship game.

U.S. Southeast champion Florida (4-1) came into Friday’s quarterfinal undefeated in Pool A. District III placed fourth in Pool B.

But Maddox gave District III the only two runs it needed in the third when she lined a double to centerfield to score both Mika Walker and Karleigh Carroll. Maddox had two of District III’s five hits in the contest.

After Florida cut District III’s lead to 2-1 with a run in the fourth, Maddox moved to pitcher in the fifth. She didn’t allow a hit while facing the minimum nine batters.

Maddox did hit a batter with one out in the sixth but District III turned an inning-ending double play. Maddox and Walker combined to pitch a seven-hitter with only one walk and three strikeouts.

District III will be looking for revenge in today’s semifinals after falling to U.S. Southwest, 8-5, on Thursday when the Florida squad scored five runs in the seventh.

Senior League

Canada 7, District-III 5: Canada rallied for three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to eliminate Sussex County’s District III in the Senior League World Series quarterfinals on Friday.

District III (2-3) led 5-3 after scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth. But Canada (4-1) followed with its three-run sixth to earn a spot in today’s semifinals.

Hannah Jones hit a three-run home run in the third inning for District III with Raegan Jackson and Sydney Tyndall adding one RBI apiece. Canada outhit District III, 13-5, in the game.


Junior League

Camden-Wyoming 6, Massachusetts 1: Camden-Wyoming scored five runs in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie and win its opener in the Eastern Regional on Friday evening.

Camden-Wyoming, the Delaware state champion, doesn’t play again until Sunday at 7 p.m. in the tournament, being held in Freehold, N.J.

Benjamin Dawson had two of Camden-Wyoming’s six hits. Both teams finished with six hits while Massachusetts committed six errors compared to only one for Camden-Wyoming.

Each squad scored a run in the first inning. Camden-Wyoming pitchers Ryan Rigby and Branden Hatch had three strikeouts each.

College football

Hornets open preseason camp: The Delaware State football team hit the field Friday for the beginning of preseason camp.

Second-year coach Kenny Carter has spent much of the last nine months re-structuring a team that posted a 1-10 overall record and 1-7 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season.

The Hornets’ preseason roster features just 29 returners from the 2015 squad, 13 on offense, 14 defenders and two specialists.

A total of 58 players are new to the squad this season, although one is a 2015 FCS transfer and the other is in his third year with the program, but sat out in 2014 as a redshirt and could not play in the ’15 campaign due to injury.

The Hornets have 25 practices during summer camp, including four two-session days. DelState will begin regular practices on Aug. 29 in preparation for the season opener at the University of Delaware on Sept. 1.

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