Delaware Tech softball hopes final stretch is a hit

GEORGETOWN – Delaware Tech softball pitcher Kyra Webb was unaware of what she had accomplished.

All the Delmar High graduate and Owens Campus freshman knew for sure was that she had picked up a pitching victory over Valley Forge Military College (Pa.) last Wednesday. Her fourth win of the season.

But the box score showed something different – Webb hadn’t allowed a Valley Forge batter to reach base throughout the entire contest. She had just windmilled a perfect game.

“I didn’t even pay attention at the time,” Webb said, adding that she had accomplished the rare feat in a travel ball game once before. “It was a long time ago.”

Delaware Tech's Kyra Webb tossed a perfect game last week. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Delaware Tech’s Kyra Webb tossed a perfect game last week. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Webb is one of three Roadrunners pitchers that had helped Delaware Tech notch a 15-4 record heading into last Saturday’s scheduled double-header at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, N.J.

The other two are sophomores Emily Pusey (Sussex Tech) and Shelby Wilkins (Sussex Central). Pusey, who played for Sussex Tech’s 2012 state championship team, leads Delaware Tech pitchers in wins with seven. Wilkins, who is primarily used in relief, has picked up four wins as well.

“Emily and Kyra are my two go-getters,” said head coach Guy Wilkins, Shelby’s father. “They’re the ones when it’s on the table they are going to pitch. Coming in, Shelby knew she was going to be my innings eater.”

All three play key positions on the field when not toeing the rubber. Pusey is also a left fielder, while Webb and Wilkins are middle infielders, the former at shortstop and latter a second baseman.

Having any of them pitching in a game leaves a void to fill. Fortunately, coach Wilkins said, Delaware Tech has players capable of doing so.

“Amber Carrow comes in and can play either outfield or second base,” Wilkins said of the Smyrna High graduate and college freshman.

Former Sussex Tech Raven Emily Pusey pitches and plays left field for the Roadrunners. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Former Sussex Tech Raven Emily Pusey pitches and plays left field for the Roadrunners. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

It’s not just the pitching that has helped Delaware Tech to its fast start. And while the bats are also coming alive as the season heads down the final stretch, the offense isn’t the Roadrunners’ best attribute either, according to freshman Kylie Nelson.

Team chemistry is the engine that makes things run. That comes from a strong bond both on and off the field.

“We find ourselves always hanging out, going to dinner, lunch, texting each other between classes,” said Nelson, a Milford High grad. “We’re always in communication throughout the day.”

Of course, it helps when the bats are working too.

After a slow start to the season, the Delaware Tech offense has been on an upwards trend.

“Our bats are starting to pick up a lot, so if we keep doing that we’ll be good,” Pusey said. “We’ve been practicing a lot, working on hitting the outside pitch.”

There’s still several games left between now and the regular season’s end, but Wilkins is expecting a strong finish from his team heading into the Region 19 finals at the end of the month.

“We’ll try to make the playoffs first,” he said. “Once you make the playoffs you try to win them. One step at a time. Of course, the World Series is the big one. These girls have the capability of going there. They’re good athletes and they’ve got a good bond.”

Three straight road doubleheaders are scheduled for the team over the coming weeks. Delaware Tech is slated to play at home again April 23 in a double-dip with Rowan College at Burlington County (N.J.). A day later the Roadrunners are scheduled to host a doubleheader versus Rowan College at Gloucester County (N.J.) in their regular season finale.

Listed on the team’s roster are: Natalie Brooks, Savannah Brown, Alexis Burger, Amber Carrow, Mackenzie Edler, Lauren Genshaw, Cyndie Givens, Makayla Hearn, AnaMaria Impastato, Kylie Nelson, Emily Pusey, Kyra Webb and Shelby Wilkins. Head coach Guy Wilkins is assisted by coach Eric Swanson.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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