Caravel Softball Kasey Xenidis throws a pitch during a game. Photo by Nick Halliday

Inside The Circle: Week 4 Softball Top 10

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Caravel Softball Kasey Xenidis throws a pitch during a game. Photo by Nick Halliday scaled

Caravel Softball Kasey Xenidis throws a pitch during a game. Photo by Nick Halliday

Caravel keeps on winning to hold onto the top spot in our poll but there is some movement for other teams. The weather has improved a little as most teams start playing games postponed from earlier in the season. 

No. 1 Caravel (6-0) The Buccaneers picked up 3 wins last week against last year’s finalist Indian River (11-nothing), No. 8 Cape Henlopen (5-nothing), and No. 10 DMA (13-1). Kendall Browne doubled, tripled, and homered vs IR as she came up a single shy of hitting for the cycle. Both Kasey Xenidis and Leah Richardson collected 2 hits in the win over DMA. Cape Henlopen battled the Buccaneers to a scoreless tie until Caravel plated 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th. The Bucs have one game scheduled this week against Rising Sun (MD) Monday night. 

No. 2 Sussex Central (5-1) The Golden Knights defeated Delmar 5-to-nothing, and lost (for the 1st time this season) to Stephen Decatur (MD) 6-5. In the loss to Decatur, Takyla Davis and Lauren Myers both went “yard” as the “Knights rally came up short. Central will take on No. 6 Lake Forest, Dover, and new No. 4 Laurel this week.

No. 3 Appo (4-0) The Jags get back onto the field with 3 games this week against Delmarva Christian, Delcastle, and Charter of Wilmington. 

 No. 4 Laurel (5-1) The Bulldogs are on a 4-game win streak after knocking St Marks from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday 4-2. Bailey Ullman homered and tripled, while sister Ashlyn added two hits in the game versus the Spartans. Kylee Hill recorded 8 strikeouts and allowed just 3 hits to get the win. Laurel faces Caesar Rodney, Delmar, and No. 2 Sussex Central this week.

No. 5 St Marks (6-1) The Spartans suffered their first loss of the season and will attempt to get back in the win column facing Archmere and #6 Lake Forest this week at home. The “battle of the Spartans” is scheduled for 1:00 Saturday. 

No. 6 Lake Forest (7-0) Lake edged No. 7 Polytech in 8 innings 3-2 Thursday, and picked up another close win earlier last week 2-1 against Caesar Rodney. A key Henlopen matchup takes place Tuesday in Georgetown as the Spartans travel to Georgetown to take on No. No. 2 Sussex Central. 

No. 7 Polytech (4-2)  The Panthers hold onto the 7th position in our poll after the “tough” loss to Lake. Polytech has games scheduled against ECHS, Smyrna, and RLCA this week. 

No. 8 DMA (3-2) Only losses are to No. 4 Laurel and No. 1 Caravel. Key win over Conrad moves the Seahawks up from the No. 10 spot.

No. 9 Indian River (4-3) The Indians moved into the Top 10 for the first time this season by virtue of a 9-8 victory over Cape. The 3 losses are to No. 1 Caravel, No. 4 Laurel and No. 5 St Marks. A key matchup at Smyrna takes place Monday.

No. 10  Cape (3-2) The Vikings gave #1 Caravel a battle Saturday as the game was scoreless through 5 innings. The Bucs rallied for a 5-spot in the 6th to get the win. The “close” loss to Indian River drops Cape to No. 10.  

Teams on our radar and hoping to improve this week are Smyrna (3-3), Conrad (4-2), and Caesar Rodney (2-2).

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