Heading down the baseball season’s home stretch, the Dover Senators have established themselves as contenders.
The Senators stand at 13-1 with four games remaining, leading the Henlopen North.
Heading into this week’s action, Dover has won 12 games in a row.
“The team is feeling good about the success we’re having,” said Dover head coach Dave Gordon. “The kids have put a lot of work in and they deserve all the credit for this run.”
The Senators have been impressive on the mound and at the plate during their long winning streak. It shows in the statistics. Dover has outscored their opponents by a combined score of 82-18, with four shutouts.
Dover’s experienced rotation of pitchers has proven beneficial, with seniors Andrew Carney, Michael Carrington, Hiram Davis and standout junior Dominic Velazquez leading the way. Velazquez has gone 4-0 with one save on the year, followed by Davis (3-0), Carrington (4-1, one save) and Carney (2-0, one save).
Strong pitching and explosive bats were on display last week in victories over Woodbridge and state champion Cape Henlopen.
Against Woodbridge, Dover’s offense dominated, posting their third double-digit scoring output in an 11-1 victory. Along with three scoreless innings on the mound from Carney, the offense was led by Chris Dabney (2-for-3, 3 RBI), Alec Rodriguez (2-for-4, 4 RBI), Nathan Turner (2 RBI) and Davis (2-for-2, RBI).
In a drastically different contest against Cape Henlopen, Dover showed they can win in a variety
Velazquez was strong on the mound, keeping Dover in the game. The junior pitched seven innings, allowing one run while striking out nine Cape Henlopen batters. Heading into the seventh, Dover trailed 1-0. The top of the seventh started with a walk and a throwing error before a single tied the game at 1. Later in the inning Keon Malone stepped up to the plate and smacked a two-run pinch-hit home run to give the Senators the lead and eventually a 4-1 victory.
One of the most impressive parts of this Dover team in the mind of their head coach is how they’ve stayed together through good and bad moments.
“Every game someone different steps up to get the job done; really happy with the results but we can still improve in a lot of areas.”
The next contest is with the Milford Buccaneers, who entered the week tied with Dover for second best in the state at 13-1. The Bucs came into this week’s action playing good baseball as winners of seven games in a row.
“We’ve been blessed with balance throughout our roster,” said Milford head coach Nicholas Brannan. “We have a strong group of seniors we hope will continue to show leadership, along with a strong freshman class of contributors.”
So far, that balance has paid off; over 20 teams have scored more runs than Milford’s 74, but only a few have allowed fewer runs than Milford (36): Dover (33), Newark Charter (30), Delaware Military Academy (27), Sussex Tech (23) and Appoquinimink (15).
After taking on Milford, Dover will have three games to go, traveling to take on Sussex Tech May 14 and Caravel Academy May 16 before the season finale at home against Delaware Military Academy May 18.
“These next couple games will really make us battle-tested and ready for the upcoming tourney,” Gordon said. “We will face some quality teams and quality arms, which will only help come tourney time.”