On Thursday, the Archmere baseball team displayed some ingredients that could make the Auks a threat in postseason play.
Archmere flashed some power hitting, power pitching and airtight defense in closing its regular season with a 10-2 win over Tower Hill at Ruly Carpenter Stadium. Next up is the DIAA Baseball State Tournament, which begins Tuesday.
“We think we’re ready,” Auks coach Chuck Clausius said. “For the last five or six weeks, our pitching has been really good. We made some changes to our defense, and we’ve caught the ball better. Our approaches at the plate have been great, and, collectively, from top to bottom one through 17, we’ve found a way to grind through the close games.”
Sean Deely certainly appears to be ready. The 6-foot-5 junior struck out seven in four innings and unleashed a three-run homer as part of a four-RBI day.
“He’s a special kid,” Clausius said of Deely. “He’s got a skill set that not too many kids have. He can hit, and on the mound he’s one of the best in the state. And he’s only going to get better because of his age. He’s only a junior.”
The Auks (13-5) took a 1-0 lead in the first when Joe Voge doubled, moved to third on Chris Deely’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Sean Deely’s groundout. Tyler Signora and Voge singled to set the table for Sean Deely in the third, and the left-handed hitter launched a 370-foot drive over the fence in right-center to make it 4-0.
The Hillers (13-4) were trailing 6-0 in the fifth when they rallied for two runs, getting RBIs from Angus Maloney and Evan Mitchell. But Chris Deely drove in a run for Archmere in the sixth, and John Owens, pinch hitter John Nocket and Signora tacked on RBIs in a three-run seventh.
Voge finished with three hits and scored four runs for the Auks. Tower Hill’s Zach Swain went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
The Auks struggled through an 8-10 season last year and lost in the first round of the state tourney each of the three previous years. But Archmere has the potential to make a deeper run this season.
“I like our lineup,” Clausius said. “We’ve got some power, we’ve got some speed at the top, and we’ve got some guys who can do the little things to win.”