Inside The Circle – Top 10 Week 5

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Madge Layfield of Sussex Central softball about to wind up for a pitch, photo by Nick Halliday

Tough news for Caesar Rodney and outstanding pitcher Peyton Shields. She suffered an apparent knee injury late in the game against Middletown on the 11th. Shields had a 1-0 lead when she left the game. The Cavaliers rallied to win 2-1 as Reese Founds recorded 17 strikeouts. Peyton told me she will see a specialist and have some tests performed. All of us at 302 Sports and Delaware Live hope the tests will be in her favor, and that she can return to top form soon.  

As we approach the midway point in the season, here is the current Top 10 for Delaware Live-302 Sports:

1 – Delmarva Christian (7-0)  Hosts unbeaten Appo the 18th on 302 Sports

2 – St. Marks (6-0) Visits Archmere the 17th

3 – Sussex Central (6-1) Big game Saturday the 22nd versus Middletown.

4 – Caravel (2-1) Impressive 7-2 win over Smyrna the 11th. Hosts Delmarva Christian the 25th.

5 – Appo (6-0) 2-1 win at IR the 15th. Visits (7-0) Delmarva Christian the 18th on 302 Sports. 

6 – Milford (6-1) Has Mount, Polytech and William Penn this week.

7 – Smyrna (5-3) Lost to Caravel the 11th. Takes on IR the 18th and DMA (Saturday the 22nd) 

8 – Laurel (7-2) Busy week with Sussex Tech, Woodbridge, and St. Mark’s (Saturday 22nd)

9- Middletown (4-1). Faces Polytech and Dover before Saturday game with Sussex Central.

10- Indian River (4-3) Only losses to Delmarva Christian, Central and Appo. 

Others receiving consideration are DMA (3-2), Padua (3-2), CR (4-3), Red Lion (3-1).

Kasey Xenidis pitched a gem on our Delaware Live “GOTW” Tuesday the 11th as she held Smyrna to 2 runs on just 2 hits. Haley Grygo hit back-to-back triples and also belted a home run. She was named our Player-of-the-Game. 

We also had a chance to see Woodbridge and Cape Henlopen in an offensive display Thursday in Lewes. The Blue Raiders held an 8-4 lead through 4 innings before Cape roared back, scoring 6 runs in the 6th for a 12-9 victory. Abi Marsh recorded the win in relief.

This week we’ll be at Top ranked and undefeated Delmarva Christian as the Royals host the unbeaten and 5th ranked Appo Jags. That game is scheduled for the 18th. Two of the best pitchers in the state will be on display with Kaylan Yoder of the Royals and Savannah Laird for the Jags. Our coverage will begin around 4:00. Later in the week (Thursday) we’ll get a look at Madge Layfield and the Sussex Central Golden Knights as they visit Cape Henlopen.  Softball action provided by Delaware Live – powered by 302 Sports.

For Inside The Circle, I’m Glenn Frazer 

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