Savannah Laird of Appoquinimink on the mound against Red Lion photo courtesy of Appo softball Instagram 2

Inside The Circle – Softball Mid-Week Results 4-7

Glenn Frazer Headlines, Sports

Savannah Laird of Appoquinimink on the mound against Red Lion photo courtesy of Appo softball Instagram

Savannah Laird of Appoquinimink on the mound against Red Lion photo courtesy of Appo softball Instagram

Top ranked Caravel hasn’t played since defeating previously unbeaten Delmarva Christian 6-0 last Saturday. Caravel is 2-0 while the 5th ranked Royals are 3-1.

No. 2 Laurel suffered a loss to unranked Delmar 3-1. The Wildcats were led by Josie Hollamon with 2 hits and a double while Ally Marley had a key 2-run single in the top of the 6th. Ashlyn Tapman was the winning pitcher recording 5 strike-outs. Kylee Hill had 2 hits and accounted for the only score for the Bulldogs with a home run. Hill also fanned 8 Wildcat batters. Laurel stands at 2-2 while Delmar is 1-2.

No. 3 Sussex Central was locked in a pitcher’s duel with Dover. McKenna Boyle’s 2-out hit was the game-winner in the bottom of the 8th inning. Madge Layfield struck out 12 while allowing 5 hits for the win. Dover’s Alexis Dowdy was sharp in the circle, giving up 4 hits and striking out 6. The Golden Knights have won 5 straight. It was the Senator’s 1st loss and they are knocking at our door to get into the top 10.  

No. 4 Appo improved to 6-0 with a 16-0 win over Delcastle as Savannah Laird and Ayla McCathern combined for the no-no. Hailey Watlington homered for the Jags. Appo also defeated 7th ranked RLCA 14-3 earlier this week. Laird set down 13 batters via strikeouts while Alexia Fitzgerald scored 4 times on 3 hits, Julia Weglarz added 3 hits and 3 RBI’s, and Lily Papellas knocked in 4 on a 2-hit performance. The 4-1 Lions were led at the “dish” by Peyton Pusey with 3 hits.

6th ranked DMA won 22-0 against FSMA as 7 players had multiple hits. The next game for the SeaHawks is Saturday at Midway against No. 7 Red Lion Christian. 

No. 8 St. Mark’s blanked Conrad 5-0 as Ryleigh Thomas recorded a one-hitter, striking out 14 in the circle. Thomas also contributed offensively with 2 hits. The Red Wolves broke up the no-hitter with 2 outs in the 7th on a single by Bella McKee. 

No. 9 Middletown extended its win streak to 5 games with a 21-0 win over Newark. Reese Founds pitched a no hitter while Becca Maiorano had a 4-hit day with 4 RBI’s.

To round out the recent top 10, No. 10 Smyrna won a “slugfest” against Polytech 11-10. The two teams combined for 27 hits in the marathon. Polytech rallied from an 8-3 deficit to tie the game at 10-10 in the top of the 7th. The Eagles winning pitcher (Cimone Edge) drove in Gianna Duca in the bottom half of the 7th for the “walk-off” victory. Hailey McCutchan paced the Eagles with 3 RBI’s on 3 hits while the Panthers were led at the plate by Karis Minner with 3 hits and 5 runs batted in. Smyrna improved to 4-1 with the win while Polytech is possibly the best 0-5 team in the state with close losses to #9 Middletown, current #2 Laurel and the Eagles.

In other games of note…Caesar Rodney is making a case to be in the top ten as the Riders improved to 5-0 with a 1-0 win over Lake and a 9-3 victory against Milford…Cape Henlopen evened its record at 2-2 with a 10-3 win over Sussex Tech…Newark Charter is now 4-1 with a 5-2 win over conference rival Charter of Wilmington…and Archmere has won 4 straight (5-2 overall) with two shut-outs this week over A-I DuPont and MOT Charter. 

That’s it for this edition of “Inside The Circle”

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