Laurel/Millsboro/Nanticoke set to compete at Junior Softball East Regionals

As the saying goes: “look good, feel good, play good.”

When Laurel/Millsboro/Nanticoke hits the field Friday at the Junior League Softball East Regionals in Orange, Conn., they’ll be donning brand new uniforms courtesy of East-Side Car Wash in Millsboro.

“They’re all very excited,” LMN manager Doug Tonge said, of the opportunity to compete at regionals, during an interview Monday afternoon.

Coach Tonge and his LMN squad, after winning the District III title by defeating Georgetown/Cape in a best-of-three series July 5, won the state championship by default after Camden-Wyoming was forced to drop out of the tournament.

“We definitely wanted to play the state tournament, but things happened that were out of our control,” said Tonge. “They were outstanding, all-around, in the district tournament. We talked about it the other night – we scored 29 runs and we couldn’t recall a single base-running error. It speaks to their knowledge and skill level, it was just outstanding.”

Now, LMN finds themselves representing the state of Delaware in the regional tournament beginning Friday, July 20.

“I haven’t been (to regionals) before, so I’m really excited to play,” Carlie Venables said. “We’re just going to play our hardest, do our best and show them what we can do.”

Although it’s a slightly bigger stage with more competition, coach Tonge isn’t worried one bit about the girls being nervous or losing focus.

“Their work ethic and their game I.Q. is so high that I don’t think trying to keep them focused is going to be an issue,” he said.

“We’re just going to focus on the fundamentals and try to not make many mistakes,” added Victoria Lecates.

Laurel/Millsboro/Nanticoke player roster: Emma Cooper, Amara Cropper, Daniya Dashiell, Shyla Donovan, Phoebe Holmes, Victoria Lecates, Megan Smith, Abby Slater, Harley Tidwell, Carlie Venables, Kaylee Verosko.

Coaches: Manager Doug Tonge, Shawn Tidwell, C.J. Smith.

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

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