Wroten strikes out 11 as Ravens open with 5-0 softball shutout over rival Knights

Taylor Wroten registered 11 K’s in Sussex Tech’s season-opening 5-0 shutout on Tuesday. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

GEORGETOWN — Taylor Wroten couldn’t have dreamed up a better way to kick off her senior season.

Sussex Tech High’s workhorse starting pitcher earned a season-opening win Tuesday night at cross-town rival Sussex Central High, tossing seven shutout innings and surrendering just three hits in a 5-0 win.

“I was feeling really good,” she said. “It’s exciting, we (the seniors) were all talking about it before the game that this is our last first game together. I felt really good, my defense showed up when I needed them and our bats came alive. It was great.”

Wroten struck out 11 Golden Knight batters and went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in at the plate in the Ravens’ Henlopen North victory.

She struck out the first seven batters of the game and retired the first nine batters in order.

“This is Taylor’s fourth year pitching for us now,” said Tech coach John Marvel. “She really competes on the mound, gives us a great effort every time she pitches. We appreciate that.”

Sophomore Megan Sterling touches third base on her way home to score a run in the top of the seventh inning for Tech.

“It was fun,” said Wroten. “Opening up with Central, they’ve always been good competition for us and we love coming across town and playing them.”

Carly Collins pitched all seven innings for the Golden Knights (0-1), surrendering nine hits and striking out three batters.

Six different batters collected at least one hit for the Ravens (1-0) and three batters turned in multi-hit games.

“We did some good things on offense. We’re working on trying to see the ball a little bit better. Their pitcher made some good pitches at times, they’re a well-coached team – John Wells is an excellent coach.”

Wroten, junior right fielder Sierra Livingston and senior shortstop Kayla Booros each finished with a pair of hits.

“Offensively, we’re a pretty solid team,” said Booros, who is in her third year as starting shortstop. “We only bat nine, but all nine of us come up to the plate and when we have runners on we make sure that we lay something down and make a play.”

Sophomore third baseman Kylie Kruger, senior first baseman Corrin Farris and senior outfielder Colleen Cosbey accounted for the rest of Tech’s base hits on the night.

Carly Collins pitched a complete game for Central, striking out three Tech batters.

Junior Izabella Grebe, junior Macey Hayes and freshman Mya Jones each collected one hit for Central.

It was Grebe’s fourth inning lead-off single that broke up Wroten’s no-hit bid through the game’s first three innings.

Sussex Tech broke the scoreless game wide open with one run in the third inning and three runs in the fourth to take the 4-0 lead.

Kruger scored on a Farris fielder’s choice in the top half of the third inning, putting Tech up 1-0.

Wroten knocked in Cosbey and junior catcher Kelsey Kormanik on a hard-hit single up the middle in the top half of the fourth inning.
Farris drove in junior Tori Henry on a bases-loaded walk four batters later to take the four-run lead.

Booros added an additional insurance run, driving in sophomore courtesy runner Megan Sterling on an RBI double to left field in the top half of the seventh inning.

“Honestly, I just wanted to wait on my pitch,” she said of the hit. “My previous at bat, I wasn’t waiting on my pitch, so I thought ‘this at bat I want to do better, I’m going to wait on my pitch.’ The first two were high – and I struggle with high pitches – but then I got my pitch.

“I was just thinking, we’re only up four right now, every run matters and every score counts.”

Wroten made quick work of the Golden Knights in the bottom half of the seventh inning to solidify the first win of the season.
She didn’t walk a single batter and retired 21 out of the 24 batters she faced.

“There’s 18 of us, but every single person on the team makes a difference,” she said. “I’m really optimistic to see how far we go and where the journey takes us this year but no matter what we love each other and that’s all that matters.”

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