Delaware Sports Zone

By- Sean Greene

Caravel earned the top seed for the 2018 DIAA Softball Tournament that begins Saturday with eight first round match-ups.

The Bucs’ 14-3 record and strong strength of schedule helped propel them to another year with the top seed, but they have an interesting opening round pairing, as they’ll face defending champion Milford (9-9) in the 1 vs. 16 game.

Seven of the 8 match-ups in the opening round are rematches of regular season games, with only No. 6 Sussex Tech and No. 11 Wilmington Charter meeting for the first time this year.

Last year’s championship game saw No. 9 Milford face No. 11 Delmar, and this year’s tournament could be ripe for upsets again as No. 10 Lake Forest and No. 12 Delmar defeated their first-round opponents .

Opening round games will be played at campus sites, with the exception of two games being played at Midway Softball Complex in Mill Creek. Second rounds games would also be at higher-seeded schools, before neutral sites for the semifinals and championship rounds.

FIRST ROUND – Saturday, May 19, 2018

No. 16 Milford (9-9) at No. 1 Caravel (14-3) – 1pm
No. 15 Polytech (11-7) at No. 2 Smyrna (17-1) – 11am
No. 14 Padua (11-7) vs. No. 3 DMA (15-3) – 3pm (At Midway Field #2)
No. 13 Mount Pleasant (14-3) at No. 4 Appoquinimink (17-1) – 1pm
No. 12 Delmar (11-7) vs. No. 5 Newark Charter (14-3) – 3pm (At Midway Field #5)
No. 11 Wilmington Charter (11-7) at No. 6 Sussex Tech (16-2) – 1pm
No. 10 Lake Forest (12-6) at No. 7 Indian River (13-5) – 11am
No. 9 St. Georges (11-6) at No. 8 Sussex Central (13-5) – 1pm

QUARTERFINALS – Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Caravel/Milford winner vs. Sussex Central/St. Georges winner
Smyrna/Polytech winner vs. Indian River/Lake Forest winner
DMA/Padua winner vs. Sussex Tech/Wilmington Charter winner
Appoquinimink/Mount winner vs. Newark Charter/Delmar winner

SEMIFINALS – Thursday, May 24, 2018

Caravel quarter vs. Appoquinimink quarter
Smyrna quarter vs. DMA quarter

CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday, May 26, 2018

Semifinal Winners – Site/Time TBA



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