Sussex Tech’s Rylee Shockey and Milford’a Nia Bowe each homered as the Blue team defeated the Gold 6-4 in the 2017 Blue-Gold All-Star Softball Game Tuesday night.
The teams were sorted by schools, but not geographically, in an attempt to balance the squads in a season where the Henlopen Conference placed three of the final four teams in the state tournament.
Sussex Tech’s Brooke Ward and Rylee Shockley both collected RBIs for the Blue, as they jumped ahead 2-0.
Milford’s Bowe sliced that deficit in half when she crushed a shot into the forest beyond the right-centerfield wall in the second inning.
Another two run inning followed for the Blue, with Tech’s Madison Watson picking up an infield single, and Shockley acquiring a bases-loaded walk.
Shockley then picked up her 3rd and 4th RBIs of the game with a drive over the centerfield wall. Sussex Tech players had all 6 of the Blue’s RBIs on the evening.
Down 6-1, Gold would slowly mount a rally, with William Penn’s Jessica Behorar scoring on an error in the 5th inning after being hit by a pitch. She later added a diving catch in left field.
Middletown’s Jordan Cooke made it a 6-3 game in the 6th with a single up the middle to score Lake’s Mya Maddox. Maddox then brought the deficit to 6-4 when she sliced a triple to the left-field gap, scoring on a relay error, but the Gold would get no closer.
Sussex Central’s Haley McCabe earned the win for the Blue, allowing one run in 5 innings of work.
Padua’s Abby Cunningham pitched three scoreless innings in relief for the Gold.