Heading toward the home stretch of the regular season, the Dover Senators find themselves in great shape, leading the Henlopen North Division while being tied for the third best record in the state at 8-1 through nine games.
Though, if they hope to make a return trip to the state tournament and beyond, they’ll need to navigate their way through a number of away games and divisional opponents.
Dover has been lights out against in-state teams, entering this week undefeated against Delaware schools. The Senators only loss this season came to Parkside High School, who currently sit at 12-1 overall which ranks them 23rd in the state of Maryland.
Aside from their two out-of-state matchups, the loss to Parkside and a win over Maryland’s Easton High, the Senators are 8-0 against the Henlopen Conference with three of those wins coming against Polytech (5-3), Smyrna (3-3) and Caesar Rodney (3-6) from the Henlopen North Division.
So far this season, Dover has been led by a number of offensive contributors at the plate, including seniors Jared Hickox, Joseph Wunsch, Avery Tunnell and Cam Turner, along with underclassmen Noah Lanouette, Jarvis Worthy and Michael Carrington.
A young pitching staff has done the job for the Senators led by Freshman Dominic Velazquez, who’s been solid on the mound, along with sophomore Hiram Davis. Through nine games, Dover has allowed on average just under three runs a game to their opponents, a stat bested by only St. Mark’s, Delmar, Conrad and state leader Appoquinimink. Dover pitching has allowed more than three runs in a game just twice this season, while keeping opponents to one run or less three times.
Dover opened the season with seven straight victories, outscoring their opponents 54-16, before their first and only loss to Parkside, 4-1. After the loss, the Senators got right back in the win column taking care of a struggling Woodbridge squad, 11-3.
Now with the season winding down, Dover is eager to get back to the tournament after after multiple deep runs in the past including last season.
While a state title has alluded them, the Senators hope the success they’ve had this season is just precursor toward that ultimate goal.
“There are 40 plus teams that have goals and aspirations to hold that trophy at the end of the year,” said Dover Head Coach Dave Gordon. “For Dover, it is all about the opportunity to continue the tradition that has been created the past couple of years and hopefully with some hard work, we will make it to the final game.”
After a matchup over the weekend against Glasgow, the Senators will have just eight game left on their regular season schedule, six of which will come on the road.
During that stretch of eight games, Dover will take on four teams who currently have losing records, including A.I. dupont (3-4), Sussex Central (2-5), Wilmington Charter (2-7) and Indian River (2-6). However, the remaining four games will come against talented conference standouts like Cape Henlopen (5-3), Milford (6-4), Sussex Tech (7-2) and Delmar (8-1).