Local roundup: Whitby rallies as he eyes 4th straight Delaware Amateur title

If somebody is going to dethrone Jay Whitby at the Delaware Amateur, they’re going to have to earn it.

The 31-year-old from Wyoming played himself back into contention by firing a five-under-par 67 on Tuesday in the second round of the DSGA golf tournament being played at Odessa National Golf Club.

That score was 10 shots better than the 77 that Whitby carded on Monday and left him in a three-way tie for third place, only four shots behind leader Peter Barron going into today’s final two rounds.

The 36-player field will play a grueling two rounds today as the 72-hole event wraps up. The cut was made at 26-over-par 170.

Whitby is trying to become the first player to win the Amateur four years in a row in the event’s 65-year history. His 67 was the lowest score of the tourney so far.

The former Caesar Rodney High standout quickly showed he could make a run by birdying three of his first five holes on Tuesday. He had four birdies before capping off his day with an eagle three on the par-five 16th.

Whitby’s bogey on No. 18 was his only one of the round.

A 42-year-old from Mays Landing, N.J., Barron hung onto the top spot after shooting a second-round 72 — four shots higher than his opening-round 68. Chesapeake Bay’s Zachary Barbin is two shots back after carding his second-straight 71.

Fieldstone’s Joe Tigani and Bear Trap Dunes’ Jakob Keidel are tied with Whitby for third place with even-par, two-day totals of 144.

Baseball

American Legion

Canal Post-25 7, Fox Post-2 6: Canal rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out the victory.

Joey Lungen’s three-run double tied the game before Kyle Schneider was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the winning run.

Post 2 scored three runs in the fifth, including one on Kyle Comegy’s RBI single, before taking a 7-4 advantage with a run in the top of the seventh.

Both meetings between the two South Division rivals this season have been decided by one run.

Pat Knight tournament

M.O.T. 19, Dover 0: Three M.O.T. pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter in Middletown’s victory on Monday night.

Anthony Contessa, Lennie Stranahan and Mike Bionbiolla all pitched for M.O.T., totalling seven strikeouts.

Leading M.O.T. offensively were Micah Evans (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 runs) and Cantessa (2-for-2, 3 runs, 1 RBI).

College football

Wolverines picked No. 8: The Wesley College football team was picked eighth in the annual Street & Smith Division III Preseason poll while junior running back E.J. Lee was tabbed as a Preseason All-America selection.

In 2017, Lee rushed for 1,582 yards with 22 touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 252 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He ranked fifth in Division III in rushing touchdowns and seventh in rushing yards. Lee was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, collected first-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference and D3football.com All-East Region second-team a season ago.

Wesley opens the season at Drass Field at Scott D. Miller Stadium on Aug. 31 when it hosts Delaware Valley, which is ranked 10th in the Street & Smith Preseason Poll. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

College baseball

Seven Hens in summer ball: Seven University of Delaware baseball players are hitting the road for summer ball, as Winston Allen, Chance DiFebbo, Joey Haass, Zack Miller, Matt Ryan, Vinny Vaccone and Ben Werkheiser will all play in various leagues up and down the East Coast.

The Blue Hens will be well represented in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League as Allen (Jersey Pilots), DiFebbo (Quakertown Blazers), Ryan (Jersey Pilots) and Werkheiser (Quakertown Blazers) have all committed to play this summer.

A pair of freshman will take their talents to the Perfect Game Summer League as Haass (Polytech) and Miller have joined the Geneva Red Wings for the summer.

For the second consecutive season, Vaccone will play for the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

College lacrosse

UD grad to play for Canada: Former University of Delaware men’s lacrosse standout Curtis Dickson was named to Team Canada for the FIL World Championships.

This is Dickson’s second stint with Team Canada at the tournament after his first trip resulted in taking home the gold medal back in 2014. Dickson will be a part of the 23-man roster that will represent Canada at next month’s championships in Netanya, Israel.

At Delaware, Dickson piled up the most goals (162) and fourth most points (212) in program history. He helped the Blue Hens reach the 2007 Final Four and ranks among the top-10 in most statistical categories. He was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award in 2010.

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