Archmere Academy scored five runs over the game’s final three innings to run away with a 7-1 upset victory over defending champs, no. 5 Appoquinimink, Monday in the DIAA Baseball State Tournament second round.
The no. 12 Auks held a slim one-run lead after three innings, then their bats exploded in the fifth for three runs, gaining a 5-1 advantage, before adding two more in the sixth to shock the Jags.
Appo’s offense was held in check by a fantastic pitching performance by Andrew Orzel who went the distance on the hill for the Auks, allowing just one earned run off two hits while striking out five to earn the win.
Archmere’s offense was led by Joe Singley and Mike Dellose who combined for five RBI at the plate.
Ryan Steckline was locked in at the dish for Appo, finishing with the team’s only two hits, both doubles.
The Auks now move onto the quarterfinals of the state tournament Thursday with their opponent still to be determined.
A first-round matchup between (13) Red Lion and (20) Milford was suspended Monday due to weather, tied at 5-5 in extra-innings. That game will finish up Tuesday afternoon at Dover, with the winner taking on the no. 4 Senators after its conclusion. The winner of that matchup will take on Archmere in the semifinals.