Sussex County Delaware

Sussex Central
Ousted by Caravel

2001 State Baseball ...

Errors Plague Knights
in Quarterfinal Loss

Nine errors brought an end to Sussex Central High School's season in the 2001 Delaware State Baseball Tournament on Thursday, May 31, 2001.

The last Sussex County team in the tournament, the Golden Knights fell to second-seeded Caravel Academy 10-0 in the quarterfinals Thursday.

The Knights, seeded seventh, finished their season at 13-7. Caravel, now 16-4, moves into the semifials Saturday at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington against No. 3 Salesianum. No. 4 William Penn and No. 9 Brandywine face off in the other semifinal. The winners advance to Monday's finals at the University of Delaware.

Against Caravel, the Knights committed four runs in the fourth inning to help the Bucs score five runs. Caravel added two runs in the fifth and its final three runs in the sixth.

Sussex Central, meanwhile, managed only three hits on a double by Trey Bell and two singles by Tyler Wilkins. They stranded runners at third in the first and second innings.

Milford High School was eliminated from the tournament in a 12-2 loss to Newark in a first round game postponed to Tuesday, May 29, due to rain.

The loss left Sussex Central as the only remaining Sussex County team in the rain-soaked tournament.

Following are details on the first round games of Sussex County teams.

Sussex Central 6, Seaford 5

Catcher Blake Hershelman drove in four runs to propel the 7th-seeded Golden Knights into the state quarterfinals.

Central, now 13-6, will travel to No. 2 seed Caravel on Thursday, May 31, for a 4 p.m. quarterfinal contest. Caravel shut out No. 15 Mt. Pleasant 5-0 in its first round game.

Hershelman led the Knights with a solo home run and a controversial three-run blast that led to the ejection of Seaford coach Tom Pegelow in the fifth inning.

Ahead 3-2, the Knights opened the fifth with singles by Tyler Wilkins and Matt MeGee. Hershelman then blasted a shot to deep left field that began hooking foul and landed several feet left of the foul line.

After some discussion, the umpires ruled the ball fair and Central was ahead, 6-2. Pegelow protested the call and was ejected.

Hershelman tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning with his solo homer.

Seaford, meanwhile, belted three home runs of its own as Michael Bleile, Nick Dunk and Toby Waller each hit solo homers.

Bleile's home run gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. Dunk's blast pulled Seaford within 3-2 in the fifth inning.

Sussex Central's other runs came on a squeeze bunt by Tyler Dickerson and a single by Jonathan Ricketts in the fourth inning.

The Blue Jays pulled within 6-5 in the sixth inning when Waller hit his home run to start the inning. A walk and two errors loaded the bases. Justin Woodland then hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4 and Justin Quillen singled to make it 6-5.

Seaford had a chance to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning but stranded runners at first and second base.

Matt Murray won the game on the mound with a five-hitter. He struck out six and walked two before giving way to Ricketts, who picked up the save after entering with two out in the sixth.

Newark 12, Milford 2

The Bucs were in contention until the fourth inning, when Newark scored nine runs to break open a scoreless contest. The game was eventually called after six innings due to the mercy rule.

The loss ended Milford's season at 11-8. Newark rose to 16-3 and moved into the May 31 quarterfinals against the winner of the Dickinson-William Penn game, which was postponed until Wednesday.

Josh Marvel and Brandon Craft doubled for Milford. Jesse Retzlaff had two singles and Matt Bailey and Matt Byrum each had one single for Milford.

Brandywine 10, Indian River 5

The Indians committed seven errors as their season ended in the first round.

Seeded 8th, IR finished the season 12-7. Brandywine, seeded 9th, improved to 14-4 and moved into the quarterfinals.

The Indians fell behind 3-0 thanks to three errors in the top of the first inning and never recovered.

The errors kept the inning alive until Brandywine's Mike Welch blasted a three-run home run for the lead.

The Indians mounted two threats after that but after pulling within 6-4 in the fourth inning on RBI-singles by David Russell and Brock Dean, Brandywine batted around in the fifth inning to go ahead 9-4.

Standout Indian River pitcher Billy Clemens gave up five earned runs while striking out eight in the loss. Justin Hoban led the Indians at the plate with a single, double, RBI and a walk.

Caesar Rodney 8, Delmar 0

The Wildcats couldn't mount any offense as they were eliminated in the first round.

Seeded 11th, Delmar's season ended at . CR, the tournament's 6th seed, rose to 14-4 and advanced to a quarterfinal matchup at No. 3 Salesianum on Thursday, May 31, at 1 p.m. Salesianum beat Archmere 6-0 in its first round game to rise to 15-4.

Against CR, the Wildcats could only scatter five hits against CR starter Gary Sanders and reliever Justin Strickland.

And while they were unable to mount any serious threats, the Riders used a pair of two-run home runs by Stephon Beckham. Beckham became only the seventh player in tournament history to hit two home runs in one game.

The Riders also got a solo homer from Tom Sawyer in the fifth and capitalized on three Delar errors, including a throwing error in the fourth inning that led to a four-run inning and a 7-0 CR lead.

The Wildcats' best chance to score came in the third inning when they put runners on second and third with two out. The inning ended on a groundout.

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