Roundup: Seven downstate squads make baseball state tourney

Seven downstate squads have made the 24-team field for the DIAA baseball state tournament that was determined on Monday evening.

Three of those squads — Dover, Milford and Sussex Tech — also earned first-round byes as one of the top eight seeds.

The tourney starts on Thursday with the lower-seeded 16 squads squaring off at 4 p.m.

In an all-Henlopen Conference matchup, No. 21 Caesar Rodney (10-8) plays at No. 12 Cape Henlopen (13-5). The Vikings beat the Riders, 6-2, on April 30.

Also on Thursday, No. 16 Delmar (12-6) hosts No. 17 Conrad (10-8) while No. 10 Delmarva Christian (15-2) hosts No. 23 Tower Hill (10-8).

In Saturday’s second round, No. 4 Dover (15-3) hosts the winner of the No. 13 St. Mark’s (12-6)-No. 20 Wilmington Charter (10-8) game at 1 p.m.

Fifth-seeded Milford (16-2) hosts the winner of the Cape-CR contest at noon and No. 8 Sussex Tech (14-4) hosts the winner of game between No. 9 Concord (15-3) and No. 24 A.I. DuPont (10-8) at 1 p.m.

Unbeaten Appoquinimink (17-0) is the No. 1 seed and hosts the winner of the Delmar-Conrad contest on Saturday.

Polytech 9, Glasgow 2: The Panthers finished the season with a victory at Frawley Stadium on Monday.

Delmarva Christian 12, Lake Forest 9: In a game that was resumed with the score tied 5-5 in the fifth inning, the Royals scored five runs in the fifth before posting the win.

Winning pitcher Riley Culver struck out six while Chase Hesson, Michael Brigcoredgs, Riley Culver and Connor Lewis all had multiple hits.

The Spartans’ Cameron Beulah (3 RBI) and Gabe Martin (3 runs) each had two hits.

First State Military 9, Sanford 6: The Bulldogs used a seven-run third inning in picking up the season-ending victory.

Daniel Smith had a triple and double for First State (8-10), which had nine hits in the contest.

Laurel 5, Woodbridge 2: The Bulldogs took control with a three-run third in a Henlopen Conference contest that was stopped after five innings because of bad weather.

Dalton Perdue and Vance Joseph both had multiple hits for Laurel while Vance Joseph pitched a three-hitter to earn the win.

Brock Keeler, Hunter Slater and Bret Balascio all had hits for the Blue Raiders.


Dover girls, CR boys stay in contention: Dover High’s girls are tied for first place while Caesar Rodney’s boys are in second in the team standings following Monday’s quarterfinal round of the DIAA tennis state tournament.

In the girls’ bracket, the Senators and St. Andrews have 14 team points after both lost on one court on Monday. Tower Hill is in third place with 13 points.

On the boys’ side, Tower Hill is in first place with the maximum 15 points while the Riders are second with 14 points. No other team has more than 11 points.

In girls’ first singles, Dover’s second-seeded Erika Synoski and sixth-seeded Samantha Manjon both reached the semifinals. The two players will square off against each other today at St. Andrews at 2:30 p.m.

In boys’ first singles, CR’s Rishi Gundarkham, the second seed, is the only downstate player still alive. He will face No. 6 Jacob Dornsife in today’s semifinals at St. Andrews at 2:30 p.m.

College baseball

DSU’s Weglarz, Rivera honored: Delaware State second baseman John Weglarz and designated hitter Miguel Rivera (Polytech) were both named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference all-tournament team.

Weglarz was 11-for-18 (.611) with a triple, double, four RBI and three runs scored in the Hornets’ four tournament games. He ended the season with a .348 batting average.

Rivera had two home runs and six RBI in the tournament. The sophomore ended the season with a team-high .353 batting average.

College track & field

Wesley puts four in NCAAs: Four Wesley College track & field athletes qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The meet will be held Thursday through Saturday at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The defending men’s 60-meter dash indoor national champion, freshman Kai Cole is the third seed in the outdoor 100-meter dash with a top time 10.46 seconds. Cole also had the third-fastest time in the nation in the 200-meter dash but will not compete in the race.

Evelina Sloboh, a junior, secured a spot in her fourth national meet as the eighth seed in the 100-meter dash with a qualifying time of 12.03 seconds. Sloboh is a two-time All-American and a indoor national champion in the 60-meter dash.

Sophomore Thomas Kalieta Jr. returns to the NCAA championships for the third time. His time of 47.72 in the 400-meter dash qualifies him as the seventh seed in the race. Kalieta is a two-time All-American.

Fellow sophomore John Heriot qualified for his second NCAA championships, his first as an individual, after securing the 20th seed in the 200-meter dash. Heriot qualified with a time of 21.49 seconds. He is a past All-American in the 4×400-meter relay.

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