Three top five seeds, No. 1 Caravel, No. 2 Smyrna and No. 4 Appoquinimink, along with the surprising No. 11 Charter School of Wilmington, advanced to the DIAA softball semifinals Wednesday.
The No. 2 Smyrna Lady Eagles advanced thanks to a 3-1 win over No. 10 Lake Forest on Wednesday.
Paced by senior Jessica Anderson, who pitched five shutout innings, the early 2-0 lead the Lady Eagles offense provided was more than enough to send the Lady Eagles to the state semifinals.
Madison Drummond opened the scoring, knocking in the first run of the game helping Smyrna gain a 2-0 advantage after just one inning. The Lady Eagles would add an insurance run in the fourth, before Lake’s Brooke Glanden broke the shutout with a solo homerun.
Smyrna will meet No. 11 Charter School of Wilmington Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Lady Force defeated No. 3 Delaware Military Academy, 2-1 in 12 innings, the longest game in DIAA softball history, to advance. The historic win keeps Charter’s remarkable playoff run going; Charter opened the tournament knocking off another higher seed in No. 6 Sussex Tech.
The second semifinal matchup will feature No. 4 Appoquinimink and No. 1 Caravel Academy, also Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Lady Jags advanced Wednesday powered by an offensive explosion in an 8-2 win over No. 12 Delmar.
Tayler Vitola led the way for Appo, going 3-for-3 at the plate with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Meanwhile, Mallory Weir and Brooke Miller both had two RBI apiece and Madison Bauerle and Andrea Johnson finished with multi-hit games.
Appo’s offense struck early, taking a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning.
After pitching five strong innings in the circle for Appo, Kourtney McNatt gave way to reliever Autumn Gentry with the Lady Jags in a bases loaded jam. Gentry went on to force an inning-ending double play, keeping the lead at four runs. In the bottom half of the inning, Appo would score three insurance runs to win going away.
The top seeded Lady Buccaneers from Caravel advanced on Wednesday, knocking off No. 8 Sussex Central, 4-1.