What a difference a day makes, as the Sussex Academy and Delmarva Christian softball squads each had a reversal of fortune in 24 hours over April 23-24.
The Sussex Academy softball team outlasted Delmarva Christian 3-2 April 22 at Georgetown, then fell 11-0 to Dover the next day. The Royals bounced back with a 7-0 win over Padua.
The Seahawks and Royals went into the sixth inning tied at 1-1. Rachel Carey slammed a double, and Paige Tidwell and Caelynn Rees-Jorgensen delivered singles to put the Seahawks in front 3-1 entering the top of the seventh. The Royals loaded the bases, but could only get one runner across the plate.
Kandice Schlabach, Lilli Showacre and Erin Parker had two hits each for Delmarva Christian. Showacre and Parker each had an RBI.
Royals pitcher Showacre allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out eight.
Seahawks pitcher Miranda McIlvaine allowed two earned runs on nine hits while striking out four.
“Our mental approach was poor at Sussex Academy,” said Delmarva Christian head coach Keith Stonebraker. “We didn’t make the adjustments to the speed of their pitcher, and we were early and out in front for the whole game. We kept trying to do too much at the plate, instead of just keeping it simple and trying to hit a line drive back through the middle. Give SAAS credit – they made plays defensively and didn’t give us anything. We allowed two unearned runs with a couple of mistakes of our own, but that isn’t what cost us. We still need to clean those things up, but if we execute at the plate like we are capable of, we score more than enough to win that game.”
“Miranda did a good job hitting her spots,” said Seahawks head coach Dave Rogers. “We played very well in the field, making some great plays when we needed them with runners on base.”
The Royals had 10 hits in their bounce-back win versus Padua. Parker had three hits and three RBIs, while Schlabach had two hits and two RBIs. Both went yard in the win. Gracie Fetterman had a triple. Showacre had two hits and two RBIs. She allowed just one hit from the circle while striking out 14.
“Lilli was lights out in the circle, allowing only one hit,” Stonebraker said. “Fourteen of the 21 outs were strikeouts, so she made things easy on our defense.”
Erin Carey had the lone hit for the Seahawks in the 11-0 loss at Dover. McIlvaine and Sophia Noon teamed for six strikeouts for Sussex Academy.