Inside The Circle – 2023 Softball Season Preview

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Appoquinimink softball pitcher Savannah Laird throws a pitch during a game, photo by Glenn Frazer

Welcome to another season of softball in the Diamond (no pun intended) State. There have been a few early season games postponed due to the weather but hopefully it will warm up for some much-anticipated action.

This season we have plenty of talented pitchers up and down the state and here is a list of a few to keep an eye on. 

Madge Layfield – Sussex Central, Kylee Hill – Laurel, Peyton Shields – Caesar Rodney, Kasey Xenidis – Caravel, Kinsley Hall – Indian River, Savannah Laird – Appo, Carly Maxton – St. Mark’s, Emily Trzonkowski – DMA, Angelina Edwards – Red Lion, Reese Founds – MIddletown, Carah Sumpter – Lake, Cimone Edge – Smyrna, and a newcomer at Delmarva Christian – Kaylan Yoder.  

Yoder recorded 16 strikeouts and allowed only 2 hits in a 3-1 win over Smyrna last week. She also had two hits at the plate. In some other notable early games, Milford and Smyrna combined for 23 hits in a 5-4 win for the Buccaneers. Sussex Central won a “pitcher’s duel 2-1 over Polytech as Layfield and the Panther’s Mara Everton were exceptional. Laurel and Kylee Hill blanked Rising Sun, MD three to nothing. The visitors from Maryland finished second in class 1A last year. The Spartans of St. Marks won a thrilling 10-inning game against Middletown as Carly Maxton “fanned” 20 batters , allowing just one hit to get the win in a 1-0 final. Cavalier pitcher Reese Founds struck out 13 and had the lone hit off her counterpart (Maxton). Finally, The Jags from Appo won their home opener Monday 13-0 over Archmere as Savannah Laird and Ayla McCathern combined on a no-hitter. All of these awesome performances took place in just the first week of the season!

Please visit our website at throughout the spring season for our updated rankings and sports stories. In no particular order, here are the teams to watch this softball season, keeping in mind there are always surprises.

Caravel, Sussex Central, St. Marks, Laurel, DMA, Red Lion, Appo, Delmarva Christian, Caesar Rodney, Indian River, Middletown, Smyrna, Lake Forest, Polytech, Charter, Milford and Delmar. 

Games to look forward to this week are: CR at Polytech and Central at Milford on the 28th, Central at Indian River and DMA at St. Marks on the 30th, Polytech at Laurel and Delmar at Smyrna on the 31st, and on April Fools Day we have two good matchups as Appo hosts DMA while Sussex Central travels to Delmarva Christian.  

Enjoy the games and have a great week! 

For “Inside The Circle”, I’m

 Glenn Frazer

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