Cape Henlopen baseball Brad Marks throw a pitch in the win over Salesianum. Photo by Nick Halliday 2

Clubhouse talk: Week 7 baseball top 10

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Cape Henlopen baseball Brad Marks throw a pitch in the win over Salesianum. Photo by Nick Halliday 2

Cape Henlopen baseball Brad Marks throw a pitch in the win over Salesianum. Photo by Nick Halliday

Now there are none. No more undefeated teams are left  in the state.

Then No. 2 Sussex Tech handed then No. 1 Sussex Central their first loss of the season behind a strong outing from the Ravens ace Jeremy Vest. 


The No. 1 spot seems to be on a merry go round. It’s not a bad thing though what it says is we have some serious parity this season. I think it is clear that the Henlopen North is the toughest conference in the state, but we have a lot of teams that are capable of winning it all.


Let’s look at this week top 10


No. 1 Sussex Tech Ravens (13-1) Threw two shutouts last week. They beat Milford 12-0, then beat last week’s No. 1 Central 7-0. Tech’s only loss this season came from Queenanne’s (MD), they have yet to lose to an in state opponent. They gave some tough games this week as they hit the road for both games. They travel to No. 8 William Penn on Tuesday, then they travel to Claymont to face Salesianum this Saturday. Let’s see if traveling pays a toll on Tech this week.


No. 2 Sussex Central Golden Knights (14-1) suffered its first loss of the season to now No. 1 Tech who was No. 2 last week. The shutout loss cost Central the top seed. The Golden Knights did rebound with a 5-4 win over No. 4 William Penn in 11 innings. Central will host No. 6 DMA this Thursday for Senior night. They will then travel to Bear to face No. 10 Caravel on Friday to round out the season. 


No. 3 Cape Henlopen (11-2) won three games last week. They beat Smyrna on Tuesday, Polytech on Thursday and then No. 7 Salesianum.  Their only game next week is on Saturday as they host No. 5 Saint Mark’s. This is setting up a reunion for Brad Marks who pitched for the Spartans last season. Marks just got his sixth victory of the season in a win over Sallies. 


No. 4 Delaware Military Seahawks (12-2) (DMA) rebounded week with three wins. They beat Archmere twice, then they shutout Elkton 10-0 on Senior night. The Seahawks hit the road for two games this week. They face MOT Charter on Tuesday, then travel to No. 2 Central on Thursday for a top 5 matchup. Technically they are home Saturday as they host No. 9 St Georges, but the game is at Frawley Stadium.


No. 5 The Saint Marks Spartans (11-3-1) had a big win over then No. 7 Salesianum at home with a 6-3 victory. Then on Saturday they tied No. 9 St Georges 4-4. I am not sure how you get a tie, but it happened. The Spartans host Middletown on Tuesday, then travel to Lewes to face No. 3 Cape Henlopen. It sets up a reunion for Brad Marks who pitched for the Spartans last season and will be eligible to pitch when the Spartans visit Lewes. 

No. 6  Caesar Rodney (CR) (10-4) lost last week to then No. 1 Central by a 7-1 score. They then rebounded with a win over Smyrna. Three of their four losses have come to No. 1 Tech, No. 2 Central, and No. 3 Cape. The fourth was to a tough Queenane’s team out of Maryland. The Riders have a tough week as they have three games. Tuesday they visit Woodbridge, then they host Laurel on Thursday, and Archemre on Saturday. 


No. 7 The Sanford Warriors (11-1) had two wins last week. They defeated St Andrews on Tuesday, then crushed last week’s No. 10 Concord by a 14-1 score. Brady Fox (UMBC) got the win in 5 innings while only allowing 2 hits. The Warriors have two games next week as they travel to Wilmington Friends on Tuesday, then host Tatnall on Thursday at Frawley Stadium. 

No. 8 William Penn Colonials (8-4) had a tough week last week suffering two losses. They lost to a tough Middletown team, then rebounded with a win over Wilmington Charter. Then on Saturday they went 11 innings with then No. 1 Central. Penn has another tough week ahead as they host No. 1 Sussex Tech on Tuesday, then at Caravel on Thursday. They then play at St. Elizabeths on Saturday. 


No. 9 St. Georges Hawks (8-4-1) reenters the top ten this week. They have played tough games the last couple of weeks. They lost to then No. 2 Tech a few weeks back. They then tied St Marks last week after the game was called in the 9th innings due to field conditions. The Hawks have three road games this week starting on Wednesday at Malvern Prep (PA), Thursday at Mt. Pleasant, and on Saturday they face No. 4 DMA at Frawley Stadium.

No. 10 Caravel Buccaneers (7-4-1) enter the top ten after a few weeks off. They got two wins last week over Elkton (MD) and Newark Charter. Three of their four losses are to top ten ranked teams this season. Their only other loss was to Smyrna who is a tough team that plays in the Henlopen North. Caravel has a tough week as they go to Dover on Tuesday, then host  No. 8 Penn on Thursday, and then host No. 2 Central on Friday. 

With all the rain in the beginning of the season a lot of teams are playing 2-3 games a week. Which makes it tough if your team doesn’t have the arms for pitching. Once the playoffs start we will see some teams  rely more on their aces, but will have some experienced arms available which will help some teams make deeper runs in the playoffs. Get out to see some of these top ten teams as the playoffs approach. We are two weeks away.

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