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Inside The Circle – Top 10 Week Four

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports


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Hailey McCutchan of Smyrna softball, photo courtesy of Hailey McCutchan twitter

Three weeks of softball games are “in the books” and there is a limited schedule in week four due to spring break. Here is the current Top 10 for Delaware Live-302 Sports:

1 – Delmarva Christian (6-0) last week 2-1 over Central & 2-0 vs Padua. Faces Delmar the 11th.

2 – St. Marks (5-0) Win against Conrad last week. They are off till the 15th vs Hodgson.

3 – Sussex Central (5-1) come from behind 8-5 win vs Laurel. Faces Newark Charter on the 15th.

4 – Caravel (1-1) Edged by Rising Sun 2-1. Hosts 4-2 Smyrna the 11th on 302 Sports.

5 – Appo (4-0) 9-1 win vs Red Lion. Will take on William Penn (2-2) the 13th and IR the 15th.

6 – Milford (5-1) Close 2-1 win against CR & 5-3 “W” vs Sussex Academy. Plays ECHS the 13th.

7 – Caesar Rodney (4-1) 2-1 loss to Milford. Tough week ahead vs (3-1) Cavs & (4-2) Laurel.

8 – Smyrna (4-2) wins over Polytech 1-0 & Lake 9-2. Travels to Caravel the 11th 6PM on 302.

9 – Indian River (4-2) only losses to Central & D-Christian. Hosts Appo the 15th.

10-Laurel (5-2) 5-4 win over DMA on the 8th. Hosts CR the 13th.

Others receiving consideration are DMA (2-2), Lake Forest (4-1), Middletown (3-1), and Padua (3-2).

Kaylan Yoder (Liberty Flames commit) and her Royals teammates have proven worthy of the top spot in our rankings. At 6-0, Delmarva Christian has close wins against three teams in the top 10 and another program receiving consideration. The Royals defeated #3 Sussex Central 2-1, #9 Smyrna 3-1 and #10 Indian River 2-1, plus their recent 2-0 victory over Padua and one of the most improved pitchers in the state in Lauren Schurman of the Pandas.

St. Mark’s will be off till the 15th when the Spartans take on Hodgson. The Golden Knights of Sussex Central also have the week off before playing (3-1) Newark Charter on the 15th. The undefeated Jags from Appo take on William Penn (2-2) on the 13th before making the trip to #10 Indian River on the 15th. The 7th ranked Riders from CR have a tough week ahead with games against (3-1) Middletown on Tuesday and a date with (4-2) Laurel on Thursday. Lake faces Dover and Polytech in week four after suffering their 1st loss of the season to Smyrna in a game streamed live by 302 Sports. 

In that contest, Hailey McCutchan went 3-for-4 at the plate with 5 runs batted in to be named our “302 POTG”. Freshman pitcher Lindsey Roscoe blanked the Spartans in her 6 innings of relief, allowing just 4 hits and recording 8 strikeouts. Left fielder Kirsten Johnson homered in the 6th inning for one of her two hits on the day for Smyrna, while Loretta Price also had two hits for the Eagles. Lake had three players with multiple hits including Katie Pierce, Sammy Carpenter and Carly Rebuck.  

This week we’ll be in Bear for a Top 10 game as the #9 Smyrna Eagles meet #4 Caravel at 6:00 on Tuesday the 11th. The pregame coverage begins around 5:50 on Delaware Live powered by 302 Sports.  

For Inside The Circle, I’m Glenn Frazer

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