Usilton-led Kent softball gets 16-12 win

Kent County’s Nathan Walls ducks for cover as Jake Cerino sends a laser shot to goal in the fourth quarter Friday against Stephen Decatur. It was a miserably cold and wet day at Trojan Stadium for the locals, who were defeated, 17-2.

WORTON — Freshman Sydney Usilton cemented her status as a varsity-caliber player April 3 when she did a little bit of everything to help Kent County defeat visiting North Dorchester, 16-12, in softball.

Usilton notched her first victory as a high school pitcher. She helped herself by going 4-for-5 at the plate and scoring four runs.

Maddy Kendall had two doubles among her four hits, drove in three runs and scored three.

Jillian Hyland set the tone with a three-run home run in the first inning.

Kent County also received production at the plate from Mattie Cesarini and Ally Hickman, who each doubled and drove in two runs.

Lexi Langenfelder picked up the save.

The Trojans went 1-3 last week to slip to 2-5.

“We have that one bad inning and in the past two games it seems to be the first inning,” coach Michelle Phillips said of the losses at Snow Hill, 10-0, and here against Mardela, 15-2. Three errors opened the door to seven runs in the first innings of those two games.

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HURLOCK — It was a Kent sweep of North Dorchester softball as the locals won the junior varsity game, 21-13. Freshman Emma Ranville was the winning pitcher. She struck out six batters and gave up only five earned runs.

Freshman shortstop Kacie Hammer had three extra-base hits and started a 6-4-3 double play.

Coach Justin Jenkins also complimented the play of freshman center fielder Alana Fithian Wilson.

Leadoff batter Caroline Milligan and Lexi Sullivan in the cleanup spot continue to swing the bat effectively. They each went 3-for-4 in each of three games last week. Sullivan’s line included five doubles. Milligan scored every time she reached safely.

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STEVENSVILLE — While Kent County’s boys have not won a tennis match, “we have had tremendous little victories that spells hope for the future,” said second-year head coach Ed Stack.

On April 2, the senior duo of Ethan McKenzie and Nolan Lindsay defeated Kent Island’s Robert Mayo and Lucas Janniche, 9-7, and then McKenzie defeated Johnny Ritz, 9-8 (7-4). This was the first time McKenzie won two matches in a single outing.

Freshman Jack Cullen made his high school debut April 4 at St. Michaels and nearly came away with a win against Willie Lowery. The score was 8-6, Lowery.

Also at St. Michaels, freshmen Aron Ashley-Pinder and Luke Curran dropped an 8-5 pro set to Winfield Dennis and Ethan Elms. “It was by far the best match they had played to date,” Stack said.

Freshmen Jayden Reid and Alystair McKenzie dented the win column Monday, April 8 at home against North Dorchester’s Conner Kimball and Hunter Knox, 8-2.

Cullum and classmate Ronald Parker played well in an 8-6 loss to Tajere Dotson and Robby Sellars.

Stack said in an email Tuesday: “All our players agree that the basic fundamentals of the game need more fine-tuning and that will come with practice and dedication outside of the season.”

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ST. MICHAELS — Cynthia Faber and Ellie Jetton came from behind to win their singles matches April 4 at St. Michaels.

Faber, at No. 2, won eight games in a row to wipe out an early 3-0 deficit. At No. 3, Jetton trailed 4-1 and 7-6 before prevailing, 9-7. “Both players showed a lot of grit,” coach David Quinn said.

Also, Misty Mett played well in her singles debut, winning four games at No. 4.

The match also was the doubles debut for Katie Stecklair, who partnered with Abby Loughry.

The day before in a home match against Colonel Richardson, Stecklair and Jordyn Cox-Pemberton won their exhibition doubles match, 6-3.

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WORTON — Kent’s boys took it on the chin in lacrosse against the super powers on the lower Shore, totaling only four goals in losses to Parkside and Stephen Decatur.

Nathan Walls and Kolby Walters scored in the 20-2 loss at Parkside on April 3. Tad Jacob assisted on both goals.

On Friday, Walters and Jake Cerino scored on solo runs in a 17-2 loss to Stephen Decatur.

The Trojans are now 1-3.

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WORTON — Kent’s girls are 0-3 in lacrosse after an overtime loss at Elkton in the March 27 season opener and lopsided losses to Parkside and Stephen Decatur last week.

Sophomore midfielder Kate Ervin scored four goals and junior midfielder Mallory Helfenbein had three assists in a 24-7 loss at home to Parkside on April 3. Junior midfielder Lisa Robinson contributed two goals and one assist. Sophomore Megan Speakman had the Trojans’ only goal from attack.

Annie Squire Southworth was credited with six saves.

Stephen Decatur defeated visiting Kent, 17-2, on Friday. No stats were available at press time.

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