On Wednesday, the DIAA Baseball State Quarterfinals were full of exciting finishes, including a come-from-behind win and three extra-inning finishes.
No. 2 Caravel survives No. 7 St. Georges Tech, 6-5, in nine innings
No. 2 Caravel Academy came from behind twice before coming away with a walk-off win over No. 7 St. Georges Tech, 6-5.
St. Georges Tech took the early lead, thanks to a three-run blast by Aiden Riley, giving the Hawks a 3-0 advantage before Caravel had even come up to bat.
In the second, Caravel would cut the deficit to two after and Aaron Holiday solo homerun made it 3-1, a score that would stand through three innings.
The Bucs tied things up in the fourth, thanks to an RBI groundout by David Preziuso which cut the lead to 3-2 before Caravel made it 3-3 off a St. Georges Tech throwing error later in the inning.
A Troy Atkins RBI single in the fifth helpd St. Georges Tech regain the lead, 4-3, but a sac-fly by Caravel’s Joey Silan in the bottom half of the inning knotted things back up at 4-4.
After doubling in top of the sixth inning, Nate McVey would score off a Caravel error, once again giving the Hawks a one-run lead, 5-4.
In the bottom of the seventh, down to their last out, Silan doubled home the tying run, sending the game to extra innings.
After a scoreless eighth inning, Caravel led off the bottom half of the ninth inning with a double from Kevin Keister, who was later knocked in by a Holiday RBI single, capping off a walk-off victory for Caravel.
No. 17 Dover shocks No. 8 Salesianum in extras
The No. 17 Dover Senators continued their remarkable run in the DIAA Baseball State Tournament, coming from behind to defeat No. 8 Salesianum, 4-3, in nine innings.
Salesianum jumped on Dover early, quickly loading the bases thanks to three straight walks in the bottom of the first inning which led to three runs. A Connor Murphy RBI groundout put the first run of the game on the board before a single by Anthony Frechette plated two more to put Sallies on top 3-0 heading into the second inning.
The Senators looked to get back in the game right away, loading the bases on their turn at the plate in the top half of the second, however, they’d come away with just one run, an RBI fielder’ choice off the bat of Dylan Jacobs.
Trailing 3-1 in the top half of the third, Dover continue to chop away at Salesianum’s lead after an RBI single by Chris Dabney cut the deficit to just one run.
The score remained 3-2 until the top half of the sixth when Dom Velazquez singled home Sean Quirk with two outs in the inning to tie things up heading into the bottom of the sixth.
After a scoreless seventh inning, the game headed to extras, where the fireworks were only beginning.
Still tied 3-3 in the eighth, Salesianum threatened once again, loading the bases with no outs and needing just one run to advance to Friday’s semifinals. After coming up big at the plate back in the sixth, Velazquez came to the mound in relief and promptly struckout three consecutive batters to keep the Senators alive.
In the top half of the ninth, looking for the go-ahead run with the bases loaded and just one out, Joseph Gray led off third before breaking for the plate, stealing home to put Dover on top for the first time all afternoon, 4-3.
The Senators would leave the bases loaded, holding a one run advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth.
After striking out his fourth and fifth consecutive batters, Velazquez allowed the tying run to reach base, but was able to notch his sixth strike out to help send Dover to the state semifinals for the fifth time in six years.
Dubecq leads No. 3 St. Mark’s past No. 6 Hodgson
No. 3 St. Mark’s advanced to the state semifinals on Wednesday, thanks to a complete-game performance on the mound by Jack Dubecq.
Dubecq went the distance, allowing just three hits on the day while striking out seven to earn the win on the mound.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, St. Mark’s took a 3-1 lead thanks to RBI’s from Austin Warrington and JT Tomovich. The Spartans would add an insurance run in the fifth to go up 4-1, which would be plenty of cushion for Dubecq the rest of the way.
No. 4 Cape Henlopen walks-off past No. 5 Appo
In the third extra inning game of the day, No. 4 Cape Henlopen got past No. 5 Appoquinimink, 6-5 in eight innings.
After taking an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Cape responded with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the first before both teams would trade runs in the third.
Cape Henlopen led 5-4 heading into the sixth inning before Appo was able to tie the game up, eventually forcing extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Zach Dale hit and sac-fly to center, scoring Timmy Vitella with winning run.
At the plate, Mason Fluharty and Zack Gelof led the way, combining to go 5-for-7 on the day, contributing half of the Vikings hits on Wednesday.
After David Erickson pitched five and a third innings, throwing over 100 pitches, Austin Elliott came in relief, striking out six over two a two-thirds innings to earn the win on the mound.