Delmar’s Hannah Davis drove in three runs, and freshman Autumn Boothe hit a picnic pavilion for a ground-rule double in a 6-0 victory over Newark Charter Monday afternoon.
Playing on a chilly afternoon that invited some snow flurries to the party, Delmar jumped ahead in the first, when Boothe took an offering to deep center-field.
Folk Park doesn’t have an outfield fence, but it does have a covered picnic table, and Boothe rapped the top of it with a drive that went an estimated 275-feet. A home run in most parks with a fence, the ground rules say that’s just a double, making a 3-run homer turned into a 1-run double, and Newark Charter worked out of the jam without any further damage.
Delmar would get more offense going in the third, when Madison Lemon’s RBI single preceded a two-run triple to left by Davis to stretch the lead to 4-0.
That was more than enough support for Delmar pitcher Tracey Pleasanton, who tossed a 6-hitter, and utilized her team’s solid defense as she recorded just three strikeouts. Pleasanton did not allow a walk.
She’d get two more insurance runs in the later innings, as Paige Lynch hit a sacrifice fly in the 6th inning, and then Davis connected on a double to left for a run in the 7th frame.
Newark Charter would get a pair of singles in the 7th to try to break-up the shutout, but Lemon made a nice backhanded stop at second base to retire the side.
Davis went 3-for-3, finishing just a home run short of the cycle. She drove in three runs to lead Delmar (3-2), who will travel to Salisbury, Maryland’s Parkside on Thursday. Lynch and Boothe also had two hits in the game.
Caitlin Pontak struck out 9 Delmar batters for Newark Charter (4-1), who look to regroup against top-ranked DMA on Thursday afternoon back at Folk Park.