The Caravel softball team is rolling along at 9-1, ranked first in the state. Pennsville (N.J.) Memorial is 10-3-1 and has won eight of its last nine games.
So Saturday’s 7 p.m. meeting at Caravel should be a good game. But there is a far better reason to turn out and support both teams.
All proceeds from the game will go to Attack Addiction, an organization set up by Caravel headmaster Don Keister and his family after his son, Tyler, died in December of a drug overdose.
“We’ve done this in the past, and people just come out and give. It’s amazing,” Buccaneers coach Randy Johnson said. “Everything we get goes straight back in [to the cause]. We run a concession, and people will come up and buy a hot dog, give you $20 and say, ‘Keep it.’ We really do pretty well with it.”
The Buccaneers traveled to North Jersey two weeks in a row at the start of the season, playing the Nos. 2-, 3- and 4-ranked teams in the Garden State. The only loss was a 2-1 setback against St. John Vianney.
“The first part of our schedule was so tough,” Johnson said. “I thought we could go 0-5 and only give up five runs. The teams we played were pretty dang good.”
Senior pitcher Carolyn Szymanski has been the leader of a young team, pitching a perfect game against Toms River East (N.J.). She threw back-to-back no-hitters in Caravel’s two most recent wins, over Appoquinimink and Sussex Tech.
“She is having a fantastic year so far,” Johnson said of Szymanski. “With our schedule, she kind of had to. She threw a perfect game against the No. 2 team in New Jersey.”
Junior catcher Jenna Vasquez led off the Sussex Tech win with a home run, and Holly Brooks, Alexa Proffitt, Sandy Esper and Chloe Kennedy have been playing key roles as freshmen.
“We’ve been playing four freshmen and two sophomores, so we’re young, but everybody has been pitching in,” Johnson said. “… Honestly, it’s hard for me to name names, because in every game somebody different is getting a big hit for us.”
The Buccaneers are hoping Saturday’s charitable effort is the biggest hit of all.
“[Pennsville] is excited about doing this, too,” Johnson said. “They should bring a big crowd – they usually do anyway. It should be a big night.”
For more information on Attack Addiction, go to http://www.attackaddiction.com.
Nowhere to run
The University of Delaware’s decision to turn its Field House into an indoor practice and recreational facility by covering the entire floor with artificial turf leaves the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association searching for a new venue for its annual indoor track championship.
DIAA executive director Kevin Charles said the indoor tracks at Tower Hill and the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, Md., where many Delaware high schools compete, are probably not suited for a state championship meet.
Several years ago, when it appeared the Field House may not be available, DIAA looked into having its championship meet at the Prince George’s County SportsPlex in Landover, Md.
“We’ll have to figure out our options,” Charles said. “Worst-case scenario is it’s the end of high school indoor track, which I’d hate to see. We’ll sit down with our state indoor track committee and identify out-of-state situations. That may be the direction we’ll have to go.”
Charles added that two recreational centers being built in Kent County – one in Frederica and another near Dover – do not plan to have an indoor track.
Rounding it up
* Cape Henlopen right-hander Diaz Nardo pitched a no-hitter, striking out 10, in a 9-0 victory over Caesar Rodney last Friday. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Nardo helped Cape reach the Division I state football playoffs as a quarterback last fall and has signed to play baseball at the University of Delaware.
* Senior Christian Thompson did more than score four goals to help Mount Pleasant to a 12-6 victory over McKean in boys lacrosse last Wednesday. He left such a positive impression that one of the game’s officials filed a report with the DIAA citing Thompson for his outstanding sportsmanship.
* Sussex Tech senior Kellen Cannon recently scored her 200th career goal in girls lacrosse. The Ravens (8-0) are ranked third in the state. Cannon, who also has 60 assists, will continue her career at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University.
* Polytech’s Antonio Depina has signed to play basketball at Kutztown (Pa.) University.
* Delaware Military Academy’s Grace McCarthy has signed with Goldey-Beacom to play volleyball.
* The Charter School of Wilmington boys volleyball team is rolling along at 9-0, including a 3-1 victory over traditional power Salesianum (9-2) on April 17. The Force and Sals will meet again in the regular-season finale on May 13 at Sallies.
* A.I. du Pont is seeking a junior varsity girls volleyball coach. Send resumes to athletic director Mark Alley at Mark.Alley@redclay.k12.de.us by Friday.