Sussex Central, Tech baseball teams hoping for home run seasons

GEORGETOWN – Since reaching the baseball state tournament championship game back in 2009 – head coach Todd Brock’s first with the Golden Knights – Sussex Central has experienced moderate success on the big diamond.

Central’s worst record in the five years following that runner-up season is 9-9 and the Knights have reached the playoffs in three of those campaigns including the most recent two. But, the deepest any of those squads has gone in the tourney is the quarterfinals.

That could change this season, as the Knights’ roster includes 13 seniors and five juniors, most of whom have at least one year of varsity experience under their respective belts.

“We’re full of seniors and juniors and we have a couple of (underclassmen) that should make an impact,” said shortstop and pitcher Robbie Marcel, who recently committed to play baseball at Shenandoah University. “Our goal is to win a state championship, and I can see us doing that.”

There are smaller goals the team would like to accomplish first. One of them is to win the Henlopen Conference Northern Division, which would give the Knights an automatic berth into the playoffs.

The division, as always, will be tough to top though.

“We want to win the North, that’s our first goal,” said senior second baseman Justin Revel, himself a Muhlenberg University commit. “We play in a tough conference, but that helps with the state tournament.”

Along with Revel and Marcel, Sussex Central’s other listed seniors are Sal Ingrassia (pitcher/first base), Brent Hansen (utility), Brody Grove (pitcher/first base), Justin Mears (pitcher/outfielder), Dustin Reynolds (pitcher/outfielder), Dynell Toppin (outfielder), Brian Carroll (third base), John Messeck (utility), Michael Williams (utility), Luke Williams (outfielder) and Jacob Clifton (infielder).

Saturday, Sussex Central is scheduled to host nonconference Salesianum at noon. The Knights will return to conference play Tuesday, 4:15 p.m., at Cape Henlopen.

Sussex Tech

Over the last half decade, Sussex Tech’s baseball team has made the postseason more times than it has missed out.

Last season the Ravens won 13 games and if not for a bottom of the seventh inning collapse in the opening round of the tournament maybe could have made a deep playoff run.

Gone from that team to graduation, however, is a group of talented players that includes multiple pitchers.

For the team to return to the postseason in 2015, it will need some young starters to fill big shoes.

In their opener, a 12-1 win over nonconference Newark Charter, the Ravens put up six runs in the sixth frame. But against Henlopen North foe Caesar Rodney, Sussex Tech managed just two runs in the top half of the seventh inning. Those came with Tech already trailing 9-0.

Errors have also plagued the team early on, as it committed four against CR and three versus Newark Charter. That, however, should change once the weather allows Tech some more practice time.

The Ravens are slated to host Smyrna, 4:15 p.m., Wednesday and then travel to Glasgow for a nonconference affair on Thursday.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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