Caravel Academy Haley Grygo gets ready for a groundball. Photo by Nick Halliday

Inside The Circle: Softball tournament preview

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

The DIAA softball tournament begins Tuesday with eight games as the field of 24 will be chasing top seed and No. 1 ranked Caravel for this year’s title. The Buccaneers have won three consecutive championships and 13 overall. Here are our top 10 teams and how they are seeded: No. 1 Caravel (14-1) The Buccaneers have won 8 straight since …

softball

Xenidis and Arrowsmith combine to keep Caravel on top

Shannon TimmonsHeadlines, Sports

In the second matchup this season of non-conference teams Caravel and Cape Henlopen Caravel stayed red hot at the plate In the first matchup between these two teams the game went 6 scoreless innings before Caravel plated 5 runs to win 5-0.  The Caravel bats came alive in the 2nd inning but they left the bases loaded when a ground …

Caravel Academy softball Haley Grygo looks in on a pitch from second base. Photo by Nick Halliday

Inside The Circle: Final week softball Top 10

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

This is the final week of regular season play as teams try to position for seeding in the upcoming tournament. There are many really good matchups this week, and hopefully “mother nature” will allow the games to be played without cancellations.   No. 1 Caravel (11-1) The Buccaneers anticipated a game with No. 2 Appo turned out to be a relatively …

Lake Forest softball Carah Sumpter throws a pitch during a game. Photo by Ben Fulton

Inside The Circle: Week 6 softball top 10

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Caravel holds on to the top spot and hasn’t played since April 26. Congrats to Lake for winning the Henlopen-South with a walk-off against Laurel. There are only a handful of games left in the regular season and 302 Sports will broadcast Tuesday night’s game under the lights as No. 1 meets No. 2.   No. 1 Caravel (9-1) The Buccaneers …

Smyrna vs DMA softball. Photo by Ben Fulton

Inside The Circle: Week 6 softball top 10

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Caravel recorded three wins last week to improve to 9-1 and hold on to the top spot in our rankings. The next six remain the same with some changes at the bottom of the top 10 as we close in on the final few weeks of the season. There are plenty of good matchups this week including Caravel traveling to …

Caravel softball Leah Richardson swings at a pitch. Photo by Nick Halliday

Inside The Circle: Week 5 softball top 10

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Caravel remains on top of our rankings despite a loss to undefeated Rising Sun (MD). There is movement after the Buccaneers while things stay the same from the 5th spot to No. 10. There are plenty of good matchups this week including 302 Sports live broadcast featuring No. 10 Cape at No. 4 Sussex Central.   No. 1 Caravel (6-1) The …

Polytech sofball Julia MacConnel hit a three run homerun in their win over Smyrna. Photo by Ben Fulton

No. 7 Polytech rallies past Smyrna 

Glenn FrazerHigh Schools, Sports

The Polytech Panthers fell behind 2-0 after three innings in Monday’s Henlopen Conference game at Smyrna. They responded with an immediate rally in the top of the fourth, scoring 6 runs including a 3-run homer by Julia MacConnell.  After the win, I asked Julia what her approach was on the “at-bat” as she was down in the count on-and-two. She …

Caravel Softball Kasey Xenidis throws a pitch during a game. Photo by Nick Halliday

Inside The Circle: Week 4 Softball Top 10

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Caravel keeps on winning to hold onto the top spot in our poll but there is some movement for other teams. The weather has improved a little as most teams start playing games postponed from earlier in the season.  No. 1 Caravel (6-0) The Buccaneers picked up 3 wins last week against last year’s finalist Indian River (11-nothing), No. 8 …