Delaware Military Academy scored five runs in the bottom half of the seventh and final inning, all with two outs, to earn a 7-6 walk-off win over Sussex Tech in the opening round of the DIAA Softball State Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Ravens led most of the afternoon, scoring runs in the first, second, fourth, and sixth innings. Tech took a 5-2 lead into the sixth inning before tacking on an insurance run to lead 6-2 heading into the seventh inning.
Emely Subda knocked in the game-winning run in DMA’s five-run seventh inning. Five players finished with multiple hits for DMA including Ali Novotny, who was also the game’s winning pitcher, and had a 2-run homerun.
Junior Sarah James pitched six strong innings for the Lady Ravens, while Alyssa Collins led the Tech offense with a triple in the ball game.
Sussex Tech finished the regular season with a record of 10-7, going 8-5 against the Henlopen Conference.
Tech, Central knocked out in baseball opening round
No. 7 Sussex Tech and No. 15 Sussex Central both saw their season’s come to an end on Saturday, falling in the opening round of the DIAA Baseball State Tournament.
Sussex Tech was upset by no. 10 Cape Henlopen, 8-4. The Vikings scored five runs in the top-half of the first inning before the Ravens even came to bat. Cape extended their lead to 8-0 with three more runs in the third inning.
Sussex Tech started a late-game rally that came up short, scoring four runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
Alec McCoy pitched six plus scoreless innings for Cape Henlopen on the mound, while Drew Mulcahy went 3 for 4 with two runs scored to pace the Vikings’ offense.
Cole Collins led the charge for the Tech offense with three hits, and Colin Bergh finished with two hits and two RBI for the Ravens.
Sussex Tech finished the regular season with a record of 14-4.
Sussex Central lost to no. 2 Salesianum, 5-2 on Saturday.
The Golden Knights started the game hot, scoring two runs in the top half of the first inning to take an early lead. Salesianum responded to tie the score at 2-2 with runs in the second and third inning before taking the lead for good after three-run fifth inning.
Kyle Hinton led the way for Salesianum on the mound and at the plate. Hinton pitched six-innings giving up two runs on just five hits while striking out nine. With the bat, Hinton finished with three hits and two RBI.