Eagles hit three home runs -- one inside the park and two out of the park -- in the 8-0 victory against Charter School of Wilmington.

The Smyrna High School softball team defeated Charter School of Wilmington 8-0 this afternoon in the semifinals of the state tournament to advance to Saturday's championship game.

Playing at their home field, the Eagles hit three home runs -- one inside the park and two out of the park -- to power their offensive attack.

Kaelyn Press hit a solo home run in the first inning to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Smyrna scored another run in the second inning when Julia Thuer singled and then Abby Mace doubled to knock in Thuer.

In the fourth, Mace hit a two-run homer over the center field fence to give the Eagles a 4-0 advantage.

In the fifth, Madison Drummond singled to knocked in Press from third base to extend Smyrna's lead to 5-0.

Then Laiken Zay hit an inside-the-park home run down the right field line with two runners on base to give Smyrna an 8-0 cushion at the end of the fifth.

For the Eagles, Jessica Anderson pitched into the sixth inning before Payton Dixon came on in relief with one out. Then Anderson, a senior, re-entered the game in the seventh to get the final out in her final game on the Smyrna High School field.

The Eagles, seeded second in the tournament, improved to 20-1.


The state championship game is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 at noon at the Lower Sussex Little League Complex, 34476 Pyle Center Road, east of U.S. Route 113 between Frankford and Roxana.

Smyrna will play No. 4 Appoquinimink who knocked off top seed Caravel in the other semifinal game this evening 6-5. Like Smyrna, the Jaguars are also 20-1. During the regular season, the Jags lost to St. Georges Tech by one run, while the Eagles lost to Indian River by one run.