Roundup: Middletown Post-25 tops Smyrna Post-14 16-14

Middletown Post-25 outdueled Smyrna Post-14, 16-14, in a high-scoring American Legion baseball game on Tuesday evening.

Middletown is now 2-4 after starting the season with four straight losses.

Smyrna, which blanked Middletown 3-0 in its season opener, is now 3-4.

Nanticoke Post-6 Patriots 7, Milford Post-3 4: The Patriots jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings before posting the victory.

Nanticoke outhit Milford, 11-7, in improving to 4-2.

Middletown Post 25’s catcher Vinnie Green watches Smyrna Post 14’s Bredan Mower slide safe into home at Smyrna on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

K.C. Widdowson went 3-for-5, including a double, while scoring twice for the Patriots. Justin Gray, Tyler DeFord and Tyler Elzey all went 2-for-4 while Evan Nibblett drove in a pair of runs.

Jordan Haddaway (73 pitches) after allowing only one earned run and striking out six in five innings. Reliever Jared Kay struck out four.

Smyrna Post’s 14 yan Seymore connects for a hit against Middletown Post 25 in American Legion action at Smyrna on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Milford’s Dorin Emerick went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double with Ethan Watkinson picking up three RBI. Milford also turned two double plays.

Milford rallied for three runs in the seventh, getting a two-run single from Watkinson, before falling short.

Fox Post 2 to play at CR: Dover’s Fox Post 2 is moving its home games to Caesar Rodney High for the rest of the season.

Fox Post 2 hosts Milford Post 3 today at 6 p.m. at CR.

High school soccer

Cavs’ Poarch earns Gatorade award: Middletown High’s Alyssa Poarch has been named the Gatorade Player of the Year in girls’ soccer for the state of Delaware.

The 5-foot-7 senior forward and midfielder scored 38 goals and passed for 13 assists this past season, leading the Cavaliers (17-1) to the Division I state championship.

Smyrna Post 14 pitcher Jeremy Carrow against Middletown Post 25 in American Legion action at Smyrna on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

A first-team All-State selection, Poarch participated in a training camp with the U.S. Soccer Under-19 Women’s National Team in March and was named Player of the Year by the Delaware High School Girls Soccer Coaches Association.

Poarch has volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer camps, blood-donation drives and the Best Buddies program.

“I’ve never seen a high school player as impressive as Alyssa Poarch,” said Wes Kendle, coach at Appoquinimink. “She has the ability to take over a game single-handed, even when the opposition is man-marking her or even putting several players on her. She’s truly a special player.”

Poarch has maintained a 3.26 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Maryland this fall.

Local golf

Covey tops at Kings Creek: Nicholas Covey (Easton, Md.) shot a one-under par 70 top the boys’ 16-18 division on the second day of the Philadelphia Junior Tour Rehoboth Beach Series on Tuesday.

The event was played at Kings Creek Country Club.

Smyrna Post’s 14 Nate Ridgeway slides safe into third base against Middletown Post 25’s third baseman Joey Lungen in American Legion action at Smyrna on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Covey had four birdies to pace him to the win. Frankie Markiewicz (Middletown) came in second with a 76 (+5) while Dylan Sterlacci (Dowingtown, Pa.), placed third with a 78 (+7).

Roy Anderson (Chadds Ford, Pa.) won the first-place medal for the Boys’ 13-15 Division after shooting a 78 (+7).

In the Girls’ 16-18 Division, Savanna Haas (Pottstown, Pa.) shot an 87 (+16) to win the gold medal. Hannah Lydic (Ocean View) came in first place in the Girls’ 13-15 Division after shooting an 83 (+12).

Sawyer Brockstedt (Rehoboth Beach) was the winner of the 12 & Under Division after shooting a 42 (+6).

College basketball

Hens hire Clark as assistant: First-year women’s basketball head coach Natasha Adair announced that Bob Clark will join the Blue Hens as the program’s associate head coach.

Clark completes Adair’s coaching staff, which also includes Sarah Jenkins, Mykala Walker, Kayla Miller and David White.

Adair was hired on May 15 as the fourth head coach in Delaware women’s basketball history. Clark coached more than 13 years alongside Adair at the College of Charleston, Georgetown and Wake Forest

“I know I’ve said it before, but I’m simply overjoyed that Coach Clark and his family will be joining the Blue Hens’ family,” said Adair. “I’m really excited that our paths are crossing once again and that we can be reunited at the University of Delaware. Coach Clark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Blue Hens in addition to his passion and commitment to women’s basketball.”

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