The Delaware Technical Community College softball team remained undefeated in post-season play by winning the 2021 NJCAA Mid-Atlantic District Championship on May 15 in two straight games over Potomac State College of West Virginia.
The win propels Delaware Tech into the 2021 NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament, which will be held May 25-29 in Oxford, Ala. It is the first national championship tournament appearance for the program since 2014.
“We got here with our bats and good pitching,” Head Coach Guy Wilkins said. “We’ve hit the ball all year long and our pitching has been phenomenal.
“We are fortunate to have this great group of girls.”
The team is led by freshman third baseman Macey Myers, a Milford High School graduate, who is batting .551 through the regular season and the playoffs, which places her eighth overall in NJCAA Division II schools in the nation. Myers leads the team in home runs (9), RBI (43), and hits (38).
“The team came out to practice every day, working 100 percent and working on fielding and hitting equally, which is why we are so strong as a team,” Myers said. “At the beginning of the season I didn’t know what to expect. And as a team, we’ve blown away all of my expectations.”
Starting pitcher Lauren Smith, a freshman from Snow Hill High School in Snow Hill, Md., commanded the circle throughout the season and currently has a 9-0 overall record with a 2.42 ERA and 55 strikeouts.
“Pitching at practice and taking the time to pitch on my own really helped me to have a great season and a great record,” Smith said. “Our team has a really tight bond, we all get along, and we all go toward one goal and that’s to win.”
Other standout performers include sophomore catcher Courtney Kohel, a Milford High School graduate, is batting .486 with 21 RBI, 6 home runs, and 35 total hits. Fellow sophomore Kaylie Moore, a graduate of Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg, Md. and the team’s starting shortstop, is batting .417 with 30 hits, while sophomore first baseman Sydney Tyndall, a graduate of Delmar High School, is batting .415 with 22 hits.
“Winning districts feels really good,” Kohel said. “We have the determination and motivation to win nationals too.”
For more information on Delaware Tech Athletics, visit dtcc.edu/athletics, or follow dtccathletics on Instagram.
The Delaware Tech softball team won the 2021 NJCAA Mid-Atlantic District Championship. Pictured, back row, from left, Assistant Coach Eric Swanson, Colleen Cosbey (Seaford, Sussex Tech High School), Caitlin Pontak (Newark/Newark Charter), Jada Courtney (Magnolia/Caesar Rodney High School), Jakayla Sample (Delmar/Sussex Tech High School), Sydney Tyndall (Seaford/Delmar High School), Kaylie Moore (Federalsburg, Md/Colonel Richardson High School), and Head Coach Guy Wilkins. Middle row, Macey Myers (Milford/Milford High School), Courtney Kohel (Milford/Milford High School), Julia Reed (Milford/Milford High School), Rachel Calloway (Laurel/Laurel High School), Camryn Quirk (Newark/Newark Charter), and Kaniah James (Lincoln/Cape Henlopen). Front row, Carly Collins (Millsboro/Sussex Central High School), Logan Walls (Delmar/Delmar High School), Kelsey Kormanik (Millsboro/Sussex Tech High School), Lauren Smith (Snow Hill/Snow Hill High School), Paige Lynch (Laurel/Delmar High School), and Tori Henry (Laurel/Sussex Tech High School).
Jason Burlew, Public Relations Manager
Delaware Tech Owens Campus
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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