Lady Ravens celebrate Senior Day with 11-0 shutout of Bulldogs

GEORGETOWN – On the same night that the Sussex Tech softball squad celebrated its group of four seniors – Hannah Betts, Alyssa Collins, Madison Parker and Megan Perdue – the Lady Ravens picked up an 11-0 shutout victory over Laurel High Tuesday afternoon.

Junior Taylor Wroten struck out eight batters and pitched a five-inning one-hitter to help the Lady Ravens improve to 12-2 on the season.

Junior Corrin Farris went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs at the plate.

“The girls played well tonight and they were playing it for the seniors,” Tech head coach John Marvel said of the win. “They got off to a great start and just kept playing from there. Taylor Wroten pitched a great game, Corrin Farris had a good day – she was 3-for-3 and hit one out of the park. Everybody played well, so it was a team effort.”

Taylor Wroten pitched a five-inning one-hitter Tuesday afternoon (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

An eight-run first-inning for Tech, an inning in which Tech sent 13 batters to the plate, made it difficult for the Lady Bulldogs to keep pace.

The loss dropped Laurel to 5-8 on the season.

“I think that they’ve got a good club, we just took them out of the game in the first couple of innings,” coach Marvel said of Laurel. “It’s hard to play when you give up eight in the first, but I think they’ve got a lot of potential and they’ve won some games this year. We were just fortunate to get off to a good start.”

In five innings, Wroten faced just 17 batters and retired the first nine batters she faced.

After losing a strong core of seven seniors last season, Tech has fielded a much younger squad this spring. It hasn’t slowed the Lady Ravens down at all.

“We are moving in a good direction [this year],” coach Marvel said. “We lost seven really good girls, not only softball players but girls of good character. So, we’re kind of a new club almost and it’s coming together pretty well. We’ve gotten some good leadership from our seniors and some of our juniors.”

Senior Madison Parker, and the entire Lady Ravens squad, pose together in front of Madison’s senior poster following Tuesday’s win (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Between the leadership from the team’s group of four seniors and key contributions from juniors Taylor Wroten in the pitcher’s circle, Jakayla Sample in the outfield and Corrin Farris at first base, the 12-2 Lady Ravens have put themselves in good position within the Henlopen North with four games to play.

“Our focus is to just keep rowing. Keep rowing. We just try to focus on that,” coach Marvel explained of his team’s focus. “We’ve got practice tomorrow, we have a team breakfast on Thursday morning and we have a game against Seaford. So, everything we do we’re just trying to keep our oars in the water and keep rowing.”

Thoughts from the seniors

Centerfielder Megan Perdue went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the win over Laurel.

“I thought it was super cool,” Perdue said of getting the shutout on Senior Night. “It was fun to get to play with my teammates for one last Senior Night. I’m definitely going to miss my teammates most and just coming to practice every day and seeing everyone’s face.”

Perdue will be attending University of Delaware to study biology and pre-dental.

Senior Hannah Betts, and the entire Lady Ravens squad, pose together in front of Hannah’s senior poster following Tuesday’s win (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Left fielder Alyssa Collins went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

“It was definitely a fun moment and very bittersweet it being our last home game and the last time we get to play on this field,” she said.

Collins will be attending Delaware Tech, where she’ll be studying dental hygiene and playing for the softball team.

Second baseman Madison Parker went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

“I think the team chemistry has been really good this year,” she said. “I think because there are only four seniors, we get to click with the underclassmen a lot more than if there were a lot of seniors. But we all get along pretty well and every day is a bunch of fun because we’re just a high-energy team and we all understand each other.”

Parker will be attending Washington College, where she’ll be playing for the field hockey team and studying pre-med.

Hannah Betts started the game behind the plate and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

Hannah was unable to play last year because of a broken arm, but she’s been making up for lost time this season.

“It’s really neat to see how we’re all coming together and having such a great season this year,” she said. “All the freshmen have come in and done well and the sophomores are playing well too, so I’m proud of them.”

Betts will be attending Delaware Tech, where she’ll have the opportunity to continue playing softball alongside teammate Alyssa. She plans on studying nursing.

The Lady Ravens have four games remaining before the state tournament, with the next game coming on the road against Seaford Thursday, May 3 at 4:15 p.m.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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