Roundup: Smyrna-Clayton rallies to win District I Sr. League title

Delaware State News photos/Marc Clery


Smyrna-Clayton scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to edge Dover, 5-4, on Wednesday night and capture the District I Senior League baseball title.

Dover, which had to win to force a second championship game, led 4-0 going into the last inning. Dom Valesquez pitched for Dover.

Smyrna-Clayton advances to the state tournament, which starts on July 11 at Sussex County’s District III.

Millsboro is the District III Senior League champion. New Castle County’s District II hasn’t finished its tournament yet.

Smyrna-Clayton went 4-0 in the District I tourney, including a pair of one-run victories over Dover. Dover finished 3-2 in the double-elimination tournament.

Pat Knight tournament

M.O.T. Blue 24, Camden-Wyoming 7: The Middletown-area squad captured the District I title in the division in a game played on Tuesday night.

M.O.T. Blue went 5-0 in the tournament. The finals were delayed by rain and the Fourth of July holiday.

Big League

Dover 7, Smyrna-Clayton 2: Pitcher Jared Hickox earned the win for Dover, allowing six hits in six shutout innings on Wednesday night.

American Legion

Fox Post-2 6, Milford Post-3 0: Starter Andrew Mace (4 strikeouts) and Jake Williams (5 strikeouts) combined to pitch the shutout for Fox Post 2 on Wednesday night.

The Kent County-based squad scored three runs in the seventh inning to finish off the win and improve to 9-4. Williams (1 RBI), Kendall Small and Sean Quirk all had two hits for Fox Post 2.

Holden Bailey had two hits to lead Milford.


Major League

M.O.T. 4, Felton-Harrington 2: M.O.T, won the District I crown with the win on Wednesday night.

The state tournament is being hosted by District I and starts on July 12.

M.O.T. went 3-0 in the District I tourney while Felton-Harrington finished 3-2.

College basketball

Former Notre Dame player joins UD staff: New University of Delaware men’s basketball head coach Martin Ingelsby has added former Notre Dame teammate Torrian Jones to the Blue Hens’ coaching staff.

Ingelsby, who was hired on May 25, began building his staff last month with the addition of assistant coaches Bill Phillips and Corey McCrae and director of basketball operations Pat Rogers.

A former standout for the Irish, Jones brings a unique skill set to UD that includes experience in several facets of the game, including coaching, academic support and counseling, and broadcasting.

“I am very excited about the addition of Torrian to our basketball staff,” Ingelsby said. “His knowledge of the game and his experience working with student-athletes fit perfectly with our philosophy here at Delaware. He will bring a new level of energy to our program and I am confident he will help develop our players both on and off the court.”

Jones comes to Newark after spending the last two years as an academic counselor in the University of Notre Dame academic services for student-athletes department where he provided academic support and counseling for multiple Irish teams. He also served as the color commentator for Notre Dame men’s basketball broadcasts during each of the last two years.

“I am very honored and excited for the opportunity to work at a terrific institution such as the University of Delaware,” Jones said. “I feel that given the location, conference and facilities, it will be a perfect situation to build a program. Also, and maybe most importantly, I truly believe in the staff Martin has put together. Our blend of personalities and experiences will show in the identity of our team and the direction of our program.”

Jones served two years as an assistant coach at Pennsbury (Pa.) High School, his alma mater, during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, prior to serving as head assistant coach at Bryn Athyn (Pa.) College in the 2013-14 campaign. He also was a skills coach at the Jones Basketball Academy in Fairless Hills, Pa. from 2006-08.

Jones was a four-year member of the Irish men’s basketball team from 2000-04, averaging 4.6 points per game while appearing in 123 contests during his career. He played with Ingelsby in 2000-01 during his freshman campaign, and served as a team captain during his final two years.
A graduate of the Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business in 2004, Jones, continued his playing career with the West Chester Wildfire of the USBL, the Florida Flame of the NBA Development League, and the Albany Patroons of the USBL from 2005-06.

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