Nanticoke Major League softball represents state in the regionals

By Mike McClure

Many of the Nanticoke Major League all-star softball team members have been playing together for three years. So, despite having a pretty young team for that age group, the Seaford team used its cohesiveness to battle back from the second round of the state tournament and win three games including the championship game.

"It was actually amazing because they slaughter ruled us," Nanticoke's Madison Lemon said of her team's 15-6 win over MOT (District I) in the championship.

Nanticoke fell to MOT by slaughter rule, 13-1, in the tournament's second game before battling back to the championship round. The District III champs opened with a 3-1 win over Canal (District II) before falling to MOT following two rain delays and a change in sites to Milford. The team bounced back with a 5-3 win over Canal and topped MOT, 6-2, to force the final game last Tuesday in Harrington.

Shyanna Covington, Nanticoke's number two pitcher, stepped up and pitched well in last Monday's win over MOT, which set up Tuesday's showdown. "She came back and pitched for us and did a really good job," said Kayla Booros, the team's number one pitcher.

With the win, the team advanced to the Eastern Regionals in Britol, Conn., which began play last weekend.

"It feels really good.

I'm proud to be on the team that represents our state," Regan Sammons said following Tuesday's win. "It's going to be fun for our team because we get to stay together. We're all friends. We look forward to playing more softball."

Eight of the team's 12 players have been playing together for the past three seasons. There are also eight 11 year-olds on the 11-12 year-old team, which bodes for next season.

"We're all close friends. It (the team) fit into a perfect puzzle," said Lemon.

"We're like a big family," Haley Wells added. "It (playing in Bristol) means a lot. It's once in a lifetime opportunity for kids our age."

Nanticoke manager Dale Perdue is appreciative for the help he gets from assistant coaches Wayne Sammons and Jeremy Booros as well as the support of the parents. "The parents have been great. They know what we're doing and they understand it," said Perdue.

The team's offense saved its best performance (in the district and state tournaments) for last when it put 15 runs on the board. "We have some really good hitters on our team. I bet they could hit it right over the fence," said Booros, who earned the win in the state clincher.

See the sports section for more pictures and updates on the team's games in Bristol.

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