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Delaware District 3 softball teams on verge of Daily Double

Big League D3 beats Asia-Pacific 1-0
By Dave Frederick | Aug 09, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Indian River rising senior Rachel Hudson slugs the winning RBI in on a double in the second inning of the 1-0 third-round match-up with Asia-Pacific. Hudson is the daughter of 1986 Cape grad Lori Yarnall.

Delaware Big League softball manager Guy Wilkins was on the Georgetown team that won the Senior League World Series in 1981. We’ve all see the sign when driving through town.

Wilkins is back managing a talented Big League softball team composed mostly of players from the Henlopen Conference.

Delaware District 3 gets an automatic invitation by being the host team, but they’re not supposed to rise up and threaten to win the World Series against Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa along with regional tournament winners from throughout the United States.

Delaware is undefeated atop Pool B heading into a game versus Canada Aug. 8. Delaware will likely play the Pool A runner-up in a semifinal at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9.

Latin America and Southwest are fighting it out in Pool A.

A win in the semifinal sends a team to the World Series championship game at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. The game will be televised on one of the ESPN channels.

Delaware has beaten USA East (Milford) 9-3, USA Central 7-3 and Asia Pacific 1-0.

Delaware stayed undefeated by winning a back-and-forth contest against USA Central when an RBI triple by Tiara Duffy tied the game at 2. Then winning pitcher Rachel Hudson knocked in a go-ahead run to make the score 3-2. Kimberly Gallo scored Delaware’s fourth run on a passed ball. A fourth-inning 3-run shot over the center field fence that sent fans scattering brought home a 7-3 victory.

Mykala Steele went the distance Wednesday, Aug. 8, shutting out Manila South 1-0. Rachel Hudson knocked home the game's only run in the second inning.

Delaware’s District 3 Senior League team has been dominant, winning 4-1 over USA East, 10-1 over USA West and 9-1 over Asia Pacific.

District 3 is undefeated atop Pool A at 3-0 while USA Central is 3-0 atop Pool B. District 3 will play a semifinal game at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 and if victorious will play for the World Series Championship at 11 a.m.,  Saturday, Aug.10.

 

The Asia-Pacific team sings its national anthem before the third-round match-up with District III. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III pitcher Mykala Steele delivers to the plate in the 1-0 win over Asia-Pacific. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III catcher Morgan Smith snags a high outside pitch. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III third baseman Kaitlyn Slater throws to first after making an out play at third. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III third baseman Kaitlyn Slater throws to first after making a out play at third. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Shortstop Karlie Smith throws out an Asia-Pacific batter. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Asia-Pacific starting pitcher Agapi Llave delivers to the plate in the 1-0 loss to District III. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III left fielder Tiara Duffy gets the ball in quickly after an Asia-Pacific hit. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III manager Guy Wilkins concentrates on the game from his position as third-base coach. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Shelby Wilkins, left, and Cailey Isaacs cheer on their teammates from the home dugout. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III third baseman Kaitlyn Slater concentrates on taking third and scoring the winning run in the 1-0 victory over Asia-Pacific. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Shelby Wilkins looks for her signal from manager Guy Wilkins. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III first baseman Rachel Hudson steals a signal from the Asia-Pacific catcher. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Alexis Burger slams a hit into right field. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Asia-Pacific fielders nearly collide on a routine fly ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III pitcher Mykala Steele goes to the plate. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III left fielder Tiara Duffy goes for a bunt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Morgan Smith slugs a ball into the field. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Morgan Smith slugs a ball into the field. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III short stop Karlie Smith snags a fly ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Asia-Pacific tries to get their infield pumped up in the last inning. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Right fielder Alexis Burger pulls in a fly ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tiara Duffy flinches with pain as she takes a swing after an ankle injury. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Manager Guy Wilkins confers with Tiara Duffy on the status of her ankle injury. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cailey Isaacs runs down a Queeny Sabobo hit and gets it back to the infield. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III pitcher Mykala Steele, right, runs to congratulate third baseman Kaitlyn Slater after tagging out Asia-Pacific's Queeny Sabobo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Shortstop Karlie Smith gets low to snag an Asia-Pacific grounder. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III Laurel Senior League base runner Alyssa Givins slides safely into home in the 9-1 win over visiting Asia-Pacific Senior League. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III Senior League's Emily Pusey slugs a hit against Asia-Pacific. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
District III Senior League pitcher Gabby Culver winds up to deliver to the plate in the 9-1 win over Asia-Pacific. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
It was Harris Teeter Day at the ballpark, and celebrating were Harris Teeter's Harry the Dragon and (l-r) Ana Brock, 4, Sarah Steele,12, Talan Brock, 2, and his mother Amber Brock. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Fans scatter as Kaitlyn Slater's 3-run homer heads for the cheap seats in the 7-3 win over Indiana. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Kaitlyn Slater does the home run trot. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Hailey Andrews hurled 3 shutout innings against Indiana to preserve the win. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Tiara Duffy slides safely into second. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Tori Williams is forced out at second. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Almost home! Chelsea Ward is chased back to third base, called out by the Canadian umpire. "You're out, ay!" (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Safe! (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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