Inside The Circle: Week 3 softball top 10

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Sussex Central vs Polytech Softball, photo courtesy of Ben Fulton

The old saying goes, “April showers, bring May Flowers”. For the softball teams in the state it means postponements and rescheduling games. Many teams will be adjusting schedules in the coming weeks. Here is our “week-3” Top 10.

No. 1 Caravel (3-0) The Buccaneers got one game in last week winning 9-1 at Sussex Tech as Kasey Xenidis threw a no-hitter through the 1st four innings. She also had a double and a triple at the plate. Catcher Zayda Rocke homered in the win. Caravel hosts last year’s finalist Indian River Monday and No. 8 Cape on Saturday. 

No. 2 Sussex Central (4-0) The Golden Knights picked up 2 wins last week versus Milford and Nandua (VA). In the Milford game, Madge Layfield recorded 17 strikeouts including the 800th of her career. The Knights have 2 games scheduled this week vs Delmar and Stephen Decatur (MD). 

No. 3 St Marks (5-0) The Spartans improved to 5-0 with a 6-3 win over Indian River. Gabby Saggione and Liv Datillo combined for the win in the circle. Chloe Bedwell scored 3 runs to lead the offense. Brandywine is up next for St. Marks, then a game Saturday against No. 5 Laurel.

No. 4 Appo (3-0) The Jags have only one game until the 16th as they are supposed to meet Red Lion under the lights tomorrow. Appo alum Tayler Vitola (Class of 2020) was honored as the CAA female Scholar-Athlete of the year for the 2023-24. Vitola plays infield for the UNCW Seahawks. 

No. 5 Laurel (3-1) The Bulldogs defeated No. 10 DMA by a score of 5-1 last week. They will be tested this week with games against No. 9 Smyrna and No. 3 St Marks. 

No. 6 Lake Forest (5-0) The Spartans improved to 5-0 and made a slight jump over Polytech in our poll. Those two will meet at Lake Thursday, however (guess what?) rain is in the forecast. Carah Sumpter is at it again as she not only picked up the win, but went 3-for-4 at the “dish” versus St George’s Tech. Lake is scheduled to face CR and Polytech this week. 

No. 7 Polytech (2-1) The Panthers only scheduled game was rained out last week. Polytech has four games this week against Caesar Rodney, Seaford, Lake and SGT.  

No. 8 Cape Henlopen (1-0) Coach Mike Tkach and the Vikings can’t catch a break in the weather with just one game played this season. The Vikings will make up for the lack of play with 4 games this week starting with Dover, then Sussex Academy, IR and Caravel Saturday.

No. 9 Smyrna (3-2) The Eagles only losses have come at the hands of No. 1 Caravel and No. 2 Sussex Central. The Eagles game Saturday the 6th at Red Lion was postponed. The #5 Laurel Bulldogs are the next opponent for Smyrna.

No. 10  DMA (1-1) The ‘hawks fell to No. 5 Laurel 5-1 last week and will take on Newark Charter, Sussex Academy and Conrad this week. 

There are some teams hoping to break our top ten like last year’s finalist Indian River (2-2) with losses to No. 3 St Marks and #5 Laurel. The Middletown Cavaliers (2-1) are also on our radar with their lone defeat at the hands of No. 3 St Marks.

 For Delaware Live Sports, this is Glenn Frazer…”Inside The Circle”

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