Roundup: Sussex Tech advances to softball semi-finals

Morgan Petty’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the sixth inning ended up being the difference as second-seeded Sussex Tech high downed No. 7 Appoquinimink in the DIAA softball state quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Henlopen Conference Northern Division champion Ravens (17-2) will host South champion Lake Forest (14-6), the No. 14 seed, today at 1 p.m.

Sussex Tech beat the Spartans, 15-8, on April 11 in their regular-season meeting.

The Sussex Tech-Lake winner will face the winner of today’s Caravel-Wilmington Charter contest on Saturday at Milford at 11 a.m. in the state finals.

Wednesday’s quarterfinal, which was rained out on Tuesday, was tied 1-1 going into the sixth. Madison Watson’s fourth-inning homer tied the game for the Ravens.

Petty’s home run started a three-run sixth for Sussex Tech. Nicole Hovater singled in Jenna Tate before Taylor Collins singled home Nicole Hovatter with Ravens’ other two runs.

Winning pitcher Taylor Wroten threw a six-hitter for Sussex Tech.

Boys’ lacrosse

Appo, Sals to meet in title game: Sixth-seeded Appoquinimink will face No. 1 Salesianum in the DIAA boys’ lacrosse state finals.

The title game will be played at Caravel at 7 p.m.

The Jaguars topped second-seeded Tower Hill, 12-8, in Wednesday’s semifinals to become the first Blue Hen Conference team in 23 years to reach the state championship game.

The Sals downed Archmere, 20-10, to return to the state finals. Sallies will be seeking its seventh state championship since 2006 under coach Bob Healy, a Dover resident and teacher.

College football

DSU assistant on ‘Hall’ ballot: Delaware State assistant coach E.J. Junior, a legend at the University of Alabama before a 13-year NFL career, is among nearly 200 former players and coaches on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame class.

Junior joins such greats as Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier as first-time candidates for election to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Junior first came into national prominence as a star linebacker under legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama. A two-time All-American and former SEC Defensive Player of the Year, he helped lead the Crimson Tide to two national championships.

In 1980, Junior was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, which is presented to the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker.

“It’s a tremendous honor and quite humbling to be considered among the greats to play college football,” said Junior, who is in his second year as Delaware State’s defensive line coach and director of player development. “In addition to family, I had many great coaches and teammates to help me along the way.”

Junior was selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1981 NFLeague draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Junior played for the Cardinals until 1988 and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

His NFL career also included stints with the Miami Dolphins (1989-91); Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992); and Seattle Seahawks (1992-93).Junior’s NFL career stats include 36.5 sacks and 12 interceptions.

In May 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Tennessee and Senior Bowl halls of fame.

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