The Lower Sussex Little League 10-12 Major softball team remained heavily involved in the Little League Delaware District 3 tournament as of Coastal Point press time on Tuesday, July 2.
After an opening-round 15-4 win over Millsboro, the local ladies dropped a 7-2 decision to a tough Laurel squad. However, a strong response offensively in a 16-1 victory over Milton, followed by a 12-2 win over Woodbridge, left the LSLL girls as one of the final three in the tourney.
“I am very proud of the effort our girls have given us,” head coach Sarah Hoban said. “We have been talking to the girls about worrying only about your own play, and not worrying so much about who you are playing. We can only control what we do.”
In the game against Millsboro on Friday, June 28, three girls led the way at the plate, with multiple-hit efforts. Sophie Scurci, Macy Blades and Katelyn Mayfield each had a pair of hits for LSLL’s 10-hit attack. Scurci also had two RBIs and scored three runs. Blades knocked in two and scored a run as well. Mayfield scored two and had an RBI.
LSLL put the game away with a 12-run third inning, with the big hit from Raegan Kansak — a bases-clearing double.
Gracie Hoban took the win in the circle, going three innings. She allowed just two runs (one earned) on two hits, to go along with four strikeouts.
“We had a total team effort” in the win against Millsboro, Hoban said after the game. “Every girl contributed in some way. We had three straight pinch-hitters there [in the third inning], and all three came up with big hits.”
The loss against Laurel came on Saturday, June 29, when the LSLL squad just couldn’t get anything going offensively.
After scoring a run in the first inning, LSLL went quiet with the sticks. Scurci scored both of the team’s runs, while Blades and Mayfield each had two hits and knocked in a run apiece.
On Sunday, June 30, LSLL rebounded in a big way, jumping out of the gates with 13 runs in the first inning, en route to their 16-1 win over Milton. Five different girls scored at least two runs in the game.
Another double-digit offensive hitting effort led the way for LSLL in their 12-2 win over Woodbridge on Monday, July 1.
Scurci went 2-for-3, with three runs scored, while Blades knocked in three other runs and scored another.
The win moved LSLL into the losers’ bracket final against Lewes-Rehoboth on Tuesday, July 2. Results of the game will be found on the Coastal Point sports Facebook page, since it was played after Coastal Point press time. The winner of that game would go on to face Laurel, needing to beat them twice to win the District 3 title and advance to the state tournament up at Little Lass Little League.
By Jason Feather