In the opening round of the 2017 DIAA Softball State Tournament Tuesday, No. 3 Appoquinimink survived a battle against No. 14 and rival St. Georges Tech, sneaking past the Lady Hawks 2-1 behind a standout pitching performance and some clutch hitting.
Senior pitcher Mackenzie Short was strong in the circle for the Lady Jags, throwing a complete game allowing just one run off four hits including 13 strikeouts.
St. Georges Tech took the early lead Tuesday when freshman Madison Hoffman led off the third inning with a solo-home run off Short to give the Lady Hawks a 1-0.
Short would allow just one hit the rest of the way, leaving it up to her offense to put the Lady Jags on the board.
The bats responded in the bottom of the fourth inning when senior Rachel Durham’s two-out double scored junior Brooke Miller to tie things up at 1-1 heading into the fifth inning.
After a scoreless top-half for the Lady Hawks, Appo struck again to take the lead after freshman Tayler Vitola scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Mallory Weir; the Lady Jags led 2-1.
While Short would close the door the rest of the way for Appo, her rival on the mound was just as impressive for St. Georges Tech. Lady Hawks’ Sam Carbonara pitched brilliantly, allowing just two hits on the day.
The Lady Jags now move onto the second round of the state tournament Thursday, hosting No. 11 Milford.
Middletown lets early lead slip away against defending champs Caravel
Middletown’s offense came out hot against the defending champions, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning before taking an early 5-1 lead over Caravel after two innings Tuesday.
After a scoreless third inning, Caravel scored eight runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning capped off by a three-run triple by Bre Bryant to put the Lady Bucs ahead 9-5 heading into the fifth inning.
Despite two-hit days from Melissa Jones and Jenna McDermott, the Lady Cavaliers offense couldn’t cut into the Caravel lead in the final three innings.