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Delaware-South wins record 6th Carpenter Cup softball title

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Delaware South team members are in back (l-r) Zoey Coco (Delmar), Torian Rayfield (Seaford), Kate Evick (Sussex Central), Madge Layfield (Sussex Central), Couri Smith (Laurel), Kylee Hill (Laurel) and Kandice Schlabach (Delmarva Christian). In front are Kingsley Hall (Indian River), Jillian Collins (Indian River), Carlie Venables (Laurel), Lilli Showacre (Delmarva Christian) and Josie Hollamon (Delmar). SUBMITTED PHOTOS


By Glenn Frazer

Delaware-South won the Phillies Softball Carpenter Cup title Wednesday 4-3 over previously unbeaten Mid-Penn to win its sixth championship since the event began in 2005.

No other team has won the event more than twice.

The other wins came in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2018 and 2019.

The squad advanced to the 16-team final by beating Delaware-North (4-1) 12-7 last month. Due to weather and other issues, the title game was delayed until Wednesday. The tournament is recognized nationally as one of the finest showcases of high school softball athletes.

The championship game was scoreless thru 4 innings.

The Delaware champs posted a 4-0 lead with a key hit coming from Kandice Schlabach in the sixth inning as she belted a 2-run double.

The Delmarva Christian All State selection also homered twice during the tournament, including a grand slam. Schlabach led the state with 16 home runs during her senior year. 

The 14 members of Delaware-South and the coaching staff will be honored at Citizens Bank Park Thursday, July 22, prior to the Phillies game against the Braves. 


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