Central, Tech to rematch in baseball state tournament

STATEWIDE – Milford is in the baseball state tournament. So is Sussex Central.

Both teams were anxiously awaiting their respective postseason fates Friday afternoon – the last day regular season baseball games could be played and counted toward playoff points.

Milford qualified for the postseason when Seaford upset Delmar 11-7 Friday. The Blue Jays’ win pushed the Buccaneers into a three-way first place tie with the Wildcats and Lake Forest in the Henlopen South, which they won with the head-to-head tiebreaker over both. As the South champ, the Bucs earned an automatic tournament berth.

Sussex Central slid into the state tournament as the No. 18 seed. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Sussex Central slid into the state tournament as the No. 18 seed. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

In the newly-expanded tournament, in which the top 12 teams get first round byes, Milford is the last squad in and seeded No. 20. The Bucs (9-9) will begin tournament play Monday, 4 p.m., at No. 13 Red Lion (16-2) and the winner will be at No. 4 Dover (16-2) Tuesday.

Sussex Central (9-9) enters as an at-large team and earned the No. 18 seed. The Golden Knights will get a familiar opponent in Monday’s opener, as they travel across town to play No. 15 Sussex Tech (10-8). Tech beat Sussex Central 16-6 in five innings when the teams met back in March for what was both squads’ regular season opener.

Whichever Georgetown team wins that game will play again Tuesday in a game that will also be a rematch. Henlopen North champ Smyrna (15-3) is the No. 2 seed and awaits the victor.

Last year’s runner-up Cape Henlopen (13-5) also qualified for the tournament, as did Polytech (13-5). The eighth-seeded Vikings host No. 9 Salesianum Tuesday in a rematch of a recent game Sallies won 3-1. Polytech is at No. 6 Conrad (15-3) the same day.

St. Mark’s (16-2) is the No. 1 seed, followed by Smyrna, Caravel (13-4) and Dover.

Quarterfinals are Thursday at as of yet to be determined sites. Semifinals are scheduled for May 28 and the championship game June 4, all at Frawley Stadium.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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