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St. Mark’s, Sals grab top spots in baseball tournament, Auks also in; Padua in softball tourney


Dialog reporter


St. Mark’s earned the top seed in the state baseball postseason bracket and will look to regain its Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association championship over the next week and a half. The Spartans, who sport a 15-3 record, open play Saturday at home vs. No. 16 Milford at 2 p.m.

The Spartans are one of three Catholic schools in the tournament. On the other side of the bracket, Salesianum earned the second seed after a 15-3 season. The Sals host No. 15 Sussex Central Saturday, also at 2 p.m. Sallies and the Golden Knights went down the wire when they met on April 11 downstate; Salesianum escaped with a 5-4 win after scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Archmere also found a place in the postseason. The Auks went 14-4, good enough to win the Diamond State Athletic Conference and garner a sixth seed. They will meet No. 11 Tower Hill this Saturday at 11 a.m. at home. Archmere met the Hillers on May 14 and won, 7-0.

Other first-round matchups, all of which will be played Saturday, are as follows: No. 9 St. Georges at No. 8 Appoquinimink at 11 a.m.; No. 13 Mount Pleasant at No. 4 Hodgson, 11 a.m.; No. 12 Delaware Military Academy at No. 5 Dover, 3 p.m.; No. 10 Cape Henlopen at No. 7 Sussex Tech, 11 a.m.; and No. 14 Smyrna at No. 3 Caravel, 1 p.m.

Padua is the only Catholic school to receive an invitation to the DIAA girls’ tournament. The Pandas, who finished the season 12-6, received the 10th seed and open play Saturday at 11 a.m. at No. 7 Concord. The teams met April 27, with the Raiders claiming a 3-0 win.

The rest of the softball tournament looks like this, with all first-round games scheduled for Saturday: No. 1 Delmar hosts No. 16 Lake Forest, 11 a.m.; No. 15 Smyrna at No. 2 Laurel, 1 p.m.; No. 14 Cape Henlopen at No. 3 Caravel, 1 p.m.; No. 13 Indian River at No. 4 Polytech, 11 a.m.; No. 12 St. Georges at No. 5 Appoquinimink, 11 a.m.; No. 11 Woodbridge at No. 6 Caesar Rodney, noon; and No. 9 Sussex Tech vs. No. 8 Delaware Military Academy at Midway Softball Complex, 1 p.m.

Tickets to the first and second rounds are $5, with the second round for both baseball and softball scheduled for Tuesday. The semifinals for both, which will be held May 28, cost $6, and the championship, scheduled for May 30 for both sports, is $8. The sites and times of future games will be announced.

Tickets to both the baseball and softball championships are available at diaa.ticketleap.com. Both will be streamed live at www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/diaa for a fee.