The Selbyville Middle School baseball team was completely focused on just one thing Monday afternoon: defeat visiting Beacon, and finish off a conference championship-winning season.
The Indians utilized a strong dual pitching performance from Chance Hocker and Ben Cordrey to pick up one of their biggest wins of the year, 8-2 over the Vikings, to finish off their 2019 campaign with an 8-1 overall record.
Beacon Middle School was on a six-game winning streak when they visited the Indians’ home at the Pyle Center Complex.
SMS struck early — as they have done all year — putting up three runs in the first. Beacon responded, getting two back in the top of the second. However, that was all the Vikings could manage against Hocker and Cordrey.
Cordrey swung the hot bat for SMS, with three hits and three runs, and Hocker added two hits and two runs to the offensive effort. Rosnell Lewis had a hit and scored two runs for the Indians, while Aiden Pszczcola also had a hit and one run.
Hocker started on the bump for SMS, covering four innings to pick up the win to run his record to 5-0 on the season. He allowed the two runs, while striking out four. Cordrey was dominant in relief, with three innings of no-hit ball while striking out three. For the season, Hocker and Cordrey combined to strike out 41 batters.
Defensively, Kevin Custis and Lewis played well to help the cause.
“We, as a coaching staff, were proud of how hard the kids played all year,” manager Tim Clausen said. “We would like to thank all of the parents and the Pyle Center for all of their support, and for the use of their fields during the season.”
On Wednesday, May 1, the Indians made quick work of their road contest at Woodbridge with a 14-0 victory as they scored 10 runs in the first two innings.
Cordrey fired a complete-game no-hitter with only two Woodbridge batters reaching base in the game. He helped himself at the plate as well, as he led the Indians with three hits — two of which were triples — and scored three runs.
Edgar Flores also had three hits for SMS, while Jack Cappo, Luke West and Nate Binder added hits for the Indians. Runs were scored by Hocker, Ceth Birely, Jamie Bender and Jace Jarmon.
Softball: SMS beats Beacon in season finale
Camryn Ehlers did it all for the SMS softball team in an 8-1 win over Beacon in their season finale on Monday, May 6.
Ehlers fired a complete game in the circle, allowing just three hits, with the lone Beacon run being unearned, while striking out five over the seven innings. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate, with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Macy Blades also contributed a multiple-hit performance for the Indians, going 2-for-3 with an RBI as well. Katelyn Murray and Shaniya Lewis (double) were also credited with RBIs in the win.
Last week, SMS defeated Woodbridge by the score of 9-4, on Wednesday, May 1.
Lily Hoban, Jaya Shaub and Murray each collected three hits to lead a 14-hit attack for the Indians. Two of Murray’s hits were doubles, while also scoring a run and knocking in another. Shaub had a double among her hits, with two RBIs and three runs scored. Kinsley Hall also had a two-hit day for SMS with an RBI.
Ehlers again went the distance, with seven innings in the circle, allowing five hits and four runs (two earned). She also had strikeouts to record in the win.
SMS finishes the 2019 season with a 7-2 overall mark, having won their final three games of the season.
Girls’ soccer: Indians cruise to two more wins
The Selbyville girls’ soccer team improved its 2019 season record to 8-1 following a pair of wins during the past week.
On Wednesday, May 1, SMS defeated Milford, 4-1, before thumping Dover Central, 8-1, on Monday May 6.
The Indians have allowed just six goals in their nine games this season, while they’ve scored 59 of their own.
No addition information on this week’s games was available as of press time.
By Jason Feather