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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

First Conference Sweep

Weekend Recap

The Delaware State softball team is off to an explosive start to its 2018 MEAC North schedule. The Hornets combined for 38 runs and 46 hits in a sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore in the conference opening.

Doubleheader Games

DSU took game one 17-10 and completed the day with a 13-2 victory in the nightcap. The first game, Desiree Moreno led the charge going 3-for-5 with a homer and five runs batted in, while Kayleigh Berry had four hits and two RBI in five at bats to lead the Hornets’ 20-hit attack. In addition, freshman Alyssa Diaz (3-for-3) and Jasmine Melgoza (3-for-5) collected three hits each in the contest. The second game, Moreno was 3-for-5, including her second homer of the doubleheader, and three runs batted in.  Flournory had three hits and four RBI in three at bats, while freshman Vanessa Barron was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in the game. Delaware State scored a run in each inning of the nightcap.

Pitching:  Alexis Goldsby got the win the first game. In 4.2 innings, Goldsby only allowed 5 earned runs during the contest. Shields came in relief and only allowed 1 hit and no runs for the 2 innings she pitched. The second game, Hannah got the win in which she tossed 6.0 innings and only allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run during this appearance. Hannah had a successful weekend on the mound.


Final Game:

Hannah Shields tossed a complete game in the Hornets’ 8-2 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in a MEAC North softball contest. DSU completed a three-game series sweep of the Hawks to improve to 5-17 overall and 3-0 in the MEAC this season. Kaleigh Berry was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Jasmine Melgoza had three hits and a RBI in four at-bats to highlight the Hornets’ 12-hit attack. Shields allowed eight hits and two runs, while striking out one and walking one, to improve to 3-7 this season.

Weekly Honors:

DSU catcher Desiree Moreno (so.; Carson, Cal.) was selected as the MEAC’s Softball Player-of-the-Week, while Hornet infielder Alyssa Diaz (fr.; Fontana, Cal.) shared Rookie-of-the-Week honors announced by the league today.

Moreno batted .429 (6-of-14) with two home runs, eight runs batted in and 12 total bases to help lead the Hornets to a three-game sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore in the season-opening MEAC North series last weekend. For the season, Moreno leads the Hornets with a .409 batting average, six homers and 17 runs batted in. Entering this week’s games, she ranks third in the MEAC in home runs, tied for seventh in RBI and eighth in hitting.

Diaz batted .624 (5-for-8) with five RBI in the Maryland-Eastern Shore series. She was 3-for-3 with three runs batted in and a stolen base in the series opener and 2-for-3 with an RBI in Sunday’s finale.

What’s Next? Delaware State will have their first Home-Series against Norfolk St. University this weekend. Saturdays game times are 1pm & 3pm. Sundays game time is at 12:00pm! See you there. Always Go Hornets.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tournament Play Wrap Up

Tournament Play Wrap-Up

Liberty Tournament:
The Delaware State softball team opened its 2018 season with four games at the Liberty University Softball Challenge in Lynchburg, Va. They played Liberty and Central Michigan twice. They competed very well.
Delaware State was led by Moreno  whom had three hits in nine at bats in the tourney, while Berry and Flournory collected two hits each.

In the season opener on Thursday, DSU catcher Desiree Moreno hit a home run and starting pitcher Hannah Shields allowed just two unearned runs and struck out six batters in six innings, but it was not enough in a 2-1 loss to host Liberty.
The Second Game Delaware State fell to Central Michigan 9-0 in its second game, also on Thursday. Kayleigh Berry had a one-out single in the third inning for DSU’s lone hit in the game. The third game, The Hornets suffered a 3-2 loss to Central Michigan in their third tournament game today. Delaware State trailed 2-0 before scoring a run in the fifth inning and another in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but Central scored the winning run on a two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh. The last game of the tournament Delaware State lost its final tournament game 6-0 to Liberty.
NC State Invitational 

This weekend was not our best showing but we learned a lot of important things to help us along this journey. The first Game we lost to Ohio University 4-12. Then the second game we lost to NC State 0-8. NC States bats were going that day and it was difficult to catch up. The third game we lost 0-11 against Wagner and we couldn’t get our Bats going. But after that lost it turned somethings around we came back and had a redemption against Ohio and held the lead the whole game but ended up dropping 4-6. The final Game, we got to have a rematch with Wagner in a very high contested game we ended up dropping the game 2-1 in later innings Wagner won on a 2 run homerun. It was a close game and despite starting the tournament not very strong Delaware State bounced back and competed in the final games.

USC Upstate Tournament
Hornets notched there first win in this tournament. Delaware State never backed down from any team in this tournament. Every game the girls put up a fight and the finale came out with a win. Washington had two hits this weekend, each a home run, to lead DSU with three homers and six RBI this season.      
In the first Game, we lost in 8 innings against Mt. St. Mary's in which they came on top in international tie-breaker. Delaware State played USC Upstate  and lost 0-11. Then, the third game Delaware State battled with Indiana and ended up losing 9-4 in which we were winning during a big chunk of the game. Concluding that game we played USC Upstate in another nail biter and ended up dropping that game 2-1 and they are currently ranked 25th. 
In the final Game Alexis Goldsby tossed a complete game and five players drove in a run each to lead Delaware State to a 5-3 victory over Furman in the Hornets’ final game of the University of South Carolina Upstate Tournament this weekend.DSU’s victory was its first of the season and also snapped Furman’s 10-game win streak.

USF Tournament

 The Delaware State softball team recorded season-highs in runs and hits, but it was not enough in a 15-12 loss to South Dakota State in the Hornets’ South Florida Tournament finale on Sunday.DSU was 1-4 in its five tournament games, defeating Iona (3-2), while also falling to Southern Illinois (10-2), Western Michigan (14-6) and Robert Morris (6-4).In the South Dakota State contest, nine players hit safely for the Hornets. Newcomers Vanessa Barron (1-for-1) and Alyssa Diaz (1-for-4) led DSU with three RBI each.Desiree Moreno (2-3) homered for the second straight game.  Moreno was 7-for-15 in the tournament (.467) with two home runs and four RBI. For the season, she’s batting a team-best .404 and is tied for the club lead with four home runs.Sabrina Quarles also drove in two runs for the Hornets in the South Dakota State contest.In Delaware State’s 3-2 tournament win over Iona, Hannah Shields tossed a complete game, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out four in seven innings. Washington had hits in all five South Florida Tournament games (7-for-16), including a home run, and drove in four.

Coach Jackson's thoughts: 
 Tournament play was good for us, it gave us the opportunity to learn what our strengths are, how to play together as a team and what areas we will improve on.  We have a young team on the field so the preseason offered learning experience, we discovered what we are made of in the face adversity. We all had to  make adjustments to discover success. Though we did not have the wins,  we grew a lot as a team, learning how to compete with and for each other and I'm excited to enter conference play with this team. I have a lot of faith in what we are capable of it. We are a talented group, and we will be a strong competitor in conference.
What I love about conference is it is not about the most skilled team... its about the team that comes out and plays with the most energy, fight, grit, determination. Preseason is behind us and I'm looking forward to what is to come in conference play. 

What's Next?
The Hornets begin their MEAC North schedule this weekend with a three-game series at Maryland-Eastern Shore.  The teams will play a doubleheader on Sat. (Mar. 17) beginning at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sun.  (Mar. 18) at noon.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Jessica Shalongo

Senior Spotlight
This weeks Senior spotlight is on Jessica Shalongo. Jessica was born Oct. 20, 1995 in Towaco N.J... Daughter of Bob and Beth Ann Shalongo... Sister to Kelsey and Samantha... Majoring in Movement Science. She has appeared in 45 games during her tenure at DSU. Jessica will be a big key to our success this year in the circle in which she is one of four pitchers this year. Jessica has worked extremely hard during the preseason and we can wait to see her compete this weekend. We took the time to reflect with Jessica about this upcoming season and memories of wearing the Hornet Jersey.

What are you looking forward to most about your final season?

I am looking forward to my final season playing softball. I think over the years you get caught up in trying to be perfect and you don’t truly appreciate what this opportunity presents. I love the travel I get to experience and all the new places you get to go. I’m also going to miss being able to be competitive every weekend. But most importantly I am going to miss softball. Softball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I know it is going to be very difficult to adjust to not having this awesome sport apart of my life anymore.

 What is the best memory you have had during your career?

 My best memory is traveling to MEACs. After a rewarding season it is always so amazing to get the opportunity to travel to the final games of the season and try to prove that Your Team is the best of the best. I love playing at the fields we play at and the atmosphere. It brings me back to my travel ball days when you go to a tournament with multiple games going on at the same time. The fans that travel along with us are always so passionate and overall, it’s just a fun and rewarding experience.

What are you going to miss most about this year’s team?

This year it has been fun being the oldest of the group. The freshman has made me realize how much I have experienced and how much valuable advice I can give them. Taking on the role of one of the senior leaders has been my favorite part about this year’s team.

What is the coolest place you went during your career?

During my career I believe the coolest place I have traveled to is Georgia. Because of tournaments when I played travel ball I had gotten to experience most of the states we have traveled to, but I have never been to Georgia until last year. The weather was great in Georgia and all the people who lived there were super nice!

What are you plans after you are done?

 After I graduate from DSU I plan to attend graduate school to obtain my master’s in occupational therapy. With this degree I wish to be a pediatric Occupational Therapist in a school setting.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jordan Casey Birthday Memories

Jordan Casey Birthday Memories

As you have read, it was Jordan's Birthday last week on January 24. She turned 20 years old! But we took the opportunity to ask Jordan about a few birthday memories from her younger age. Check them out.

What was the best birthday you ever had ? party? or Day? 

 For my 18th birthday my parents got me tickets to see Garth Brooks! That was the best birthday present/day I ever had.

What was your favorite age so far?

My favorite age so far would have to be 16 when I was able to drive 😂

And what age are you looking for?

 I’m looking forward to being 21!

Are there certain traditions your family use to do for birthday?

  In the past on my birthday my family would go to dinner and then we would come home and have dessert and sing and then open any presents I might have.

Your 20 years old now . What are somethings you want to accomplish in the next 20 years

Some things I would like to accomplish in the next 20 years are graduating and commissioning into the Army as a 2LT. I would like to do 15 years active duty and then smoothly transition into the FBI.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Micaela Cumming's Service Trip

Micaela Cumming's Service trip to Puerto Rico

During winter break, Micaela joined Focus Ministry in going on a mission trip to Puerto Rico. Here in an insider of the few questions to get an insight on what Micaela learned and did while there.

Where did you go and what was it for?

I went to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico with FOCUS Ministries. Me and 19 other student-athletes from across the nation put on sports camps for local kids there.

What was it for?

Although this is a place that FOCUS goes to every year to put on a sports camp, this year was different due to the damage from the recent hurricane. We were able to give more hope and love in a time where the people of Puerto Rico were struggling.

What did you learn?

I learned so much about the Puerto Rican culture, where they never stop laughing, singing, and especially dancing. I learned that it is possible and important to be a student-athlete with strong faith, in a culture where that is not the norm. But most importantly, I learned that joy and hope can be found in any situation. The people of Mayaguez loved with no expectation, just because that is what God calls us to do. The authentic joy and love they showed us in the midst of their hard situation is something I will never forget.

Do you have any plans do this again?

Absolutely. It was one of the most amazing experiences to be surrounded by people who were truly grateful simply for you being there and to do it alongside 19 other students who are living out their faith while playing a sport in college is something I wish I could experience every day.

Coaches Note:
Micaela is not only a great person but also teammate. She has a service heart and that is one of the main things we love with having her as player. Cummings always puts people and the team first and it continues to amaze us. Thank you for being who you are Micaela.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Meac Challenge Week

Meac Challenge Week

Last week was a mental and physical challenge for all the ladies in during the challenges the teams earned points in which were totaled at the end of the week. The week taught us the strengths and weakness that we need focus on for our season that is approaching here in the next couple of months. Several Players stepped outside their comfort zones and grew a lot during these challenges . The teams were separated into three teams Hornet Strong, Relentless Courage, and Competitive Excellence in which are our three core covenants that we stand by as a team.              

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Relentless Courage
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Competitive Excellence
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Hornet Strong

There were all different events each day of the week. Here is a brief event schedule we took the players through.

Monday: Weight room Challenge of sled pushes and pulls, and tire flips

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Tuesday: GameDay  ( Ultimate Frisbee, Tiger Ball)

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Wednesday: Obstacle Course on the football field

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Thursday: Team Mile Swim

Friday: Paint Ball Battle

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Saturday: Team Skits

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Coach Reflections

Good Morning Bloggers!

After a few days away from school and softball for the Thanksgiving holiday, the coaches took a minute to reflect on lessons they learned or quality experience they gained from their college playing career.

The question all three coaches were asked was: What is the most important life lesson you learned from your college softball experience?

And their responses...

Coach Tyson:

"I learned the importance of bringing my best self in everything I do. I learned that inconsistency in one area leads to inconsistencies in other areas and bringing my best self avoids that.

Additionally, I learned how to battle through adversity and how to keep my mind on the controllables. The game is already hard in itself and if you attempt to think about things outside of your control, it makes the game feel much bigger."
Coach Mac:
"My college softball experience taught me a lot about keeping things in perspective. No matter how tough a conditioning workout was, how heavy that weight on the bar felt, how badly I failed in an at bat, or how tough the loss was, I knew I would survive, I had no time to dwell, and that 'life' was still happening. Throughout the four years, I learned how to play with my heart on my sleeve and for my teammates while not allowing any hard situation or loss to affect my responsibilities as a human off the field."
Coach Jackson:
"Some of the most important lessons I learned about life from my college experience was: how to handle being knocked down and to keep moving forward, how to work harder even when you think you have nothing left to give, and how to find a way to get the task done even when the task seems impossible and especially when nobody thinks you’re able to succeed."
"Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models."
-Bill Bradley

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Alyssa Diaz

we decided to feature a freshman in this week's blog. 
Meet, Alyssa Diaz!
Hometown: Fontana, CA
Primary position: Shortstop
Jersey Number: 4
Birthday: November 23
Who is the funniest person you know?
My sister
If you could live in any TV home, what would it be?
What are your pet peeves?
When people chew their gum loudly and crack their knuckles.
If you could pick a new first name, what would it be?
What is your favorite Disney movie?
Tie between The Lion King and The Emperor's New Groove
Favorite Holiday?
Name a product or service you love so much that you'd happily be that company's spokesperson:
If you could be a cartoon character for a week, who would you be?
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Chicken wings, ribs, and pasta

"We are very excited to see the bright future ahead for Alyssa. She is going to be a quiet warrior for our team. She brings the work ethic and skills to be a dominant player for this program".
-DSU Coaching Staff

Welcome Alyssa Diaz!!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Homecoming Week!

This Past Weekend's Line-Up:
Friday, October 13th
Game 1 of the Red vs. Blue World Series
To wrap up our last week of the fall season (that is, when the entire team is allowed to practice together), DSU Softball held an intersquad World Series! The World Series was the team split in half, Team Blue vs. Team Red. The series was a best of 3 games with DSU Softball shirts and a heavy weight championship belt awarded to the winner. Game 1 was played Friday afternoon with Team Blue earning the first W with a score of 11-2.
Saturday, October 14th
DSU Football Homecoming Game & Tailgate
Saturday afternoon, DSU Football played their Homecoming game with tons in attendance. Prior to the game, DSU Softball hosted their second tailgate of the year but this time teaming up with HFLO, a club on campus that our senior pitcher is heavily involved with. Jessica Shalongo is the vice-president of HFLO (Health Fitness and Student Leader Organization) and thought the softball tailgate would be a perfect opportunity to tie together an awesome club with softball and make people more aware of fitness standards and where their personal health and fitness levels are.
Sunday, October 15th
Alumni vs. Current Hornet Softball Game
Alumni & Current Hornet Homerun Derby
Game 2 of the Red vs. Blue World Series
Sunday, the softball team covered all its bases. The day started off with a fun game versus alumni who ranged from graduating 24 years ago to graduating just this past spring. To show what good sports they are, after the alumni lost a tight 1 run game to the current Hornets, they sat down after the game and answered several questions the current Hornets had as everyone enjoyed lunch and snacks! After some mingling, several current players and alumni competed in a homerun derby. Current Hornets came out on top again with Desiree Moreno taking home the title. To finish up the day, the current Hornets resumed their World Series with game 2. After another highly intense and competitive day, Team Blue took the series with the 8-1 win!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Getting to Know Vanessa Barron

Vanessa Barron

Vanessa Barron on signing day
We would like to introduce our freshman infielder Vanessa Barron to everyone. She was born and raised in Riverside, California. Vanessa is majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Sociology. Vanessa played at Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, California. Vanessa excelled her senior season of high school, she hit .480 and had a fielding percentage of .965.  In High School, Barron earned three all-league honors, three all-area honors, two Coaches award, and Golden Glove. As you can tell, Vanessa is very dedicated to competitive excellence she has brought a contagious energy to the team in practices and games. Get to know Vanesa a little more with a Q&A of her experience so far at DSU.

Barron pushing through Military Training

Why did you choose Delaware State?
 I chose Delaware State because the girls were nice here and I felt welcomed as soon as I got on campus and the coaches were happy to have me on the team
What have you learned so far since joining the program?
I learned that now as we get older we must start playing as a team and help each other get through the tough times.
What is your favorite thing about the program?
My favorite thing about the program is that the coaches are here to help us and the girls are very family like.
How have you felt the fall season went for the team?
I feel like the fall season was a learning experience for all of us because we were all getting to know each other and how we play.

Vanessa keep striving to be great, thank you for being a Hornet!!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Season Begins

Hello Bloggers!

Jordan Reid (right) and Coach Jackson (middle)
This past weekend of DSU Softball was fun-filled, as usual! To start the weekend off, DSU Athletics hosted their annual Hall of Fame night where new HOF inductees are honored with dinner and guests. DSU Softball was well represented at the HOF dinner with alum Jordan Reid and former head coach Jeff Savage both being inducted for their successful careers as player and coach respectively. In audience, showing their support, was Head Coach Amber Jackson and current seniors Khaliyah Flournory, Mika Lumsden, Jessica Shalongo, and Vanessa Washington.

Saturday was DSU Football's first home game which was rightfully named Hall-of-Fame Day. On top of being recognized the night before in a more intimate setting, new HOF inductees were announced on-field during halftime. Before the football game began, the softball team hosted a tailgate encouraging folks across campus to stop by and get acquainted with the team. On top of tons of food, games were played including Spike Ball, Corn Hole, Water Pong, and Water Balloon Softball. A special shout out to Mr. and Mrs. Shields for coming into town and helping to put together a very fun and successful tailgate!

Sunday (9/24) was the softball team's first of four fall doubleheaders. Sunday's games were held at University of Delaware, while the next 3 doubleheaders are as follows:

Sunday, October 1st @ University of Wilmington
11:00am & 1:00pm

Saturday, October 7th @ Towson University
3:00pm & 5:00pm

Sunday, October 8th @ George Washington University
12:00pm & 2:00pm

Although the weekend did not end with our intended results, the team has started this week off with a vengeance. We can't wait to see the product DSU Softball creates by the end of the fall and heading into spring! And another thank you to all of the fans who came to support on Sunday - we hope to see you throughout the fall and spring!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Marine Corps Training Day

On Saturday, the girls got the opportunity to train with Captain Derrick Oliver, Lt. Ellen Gleason, and Sgt. John Manching from the Marine Corps Selection Office in Newark, DE. The girls were put through the challenge of fighting both mental and physical fatigue. The staff put the girls through their combat fitness test that included three different events. The first event was a half mile run around the track in which all the girls finished in their respective times. Then, they had two minutes of lifting a 8 pound ammo cans over the head and our highest score came from  sophomore Hannah Shields in which she had 55 lifts in the two minutes. After, the girls had a “Maneuver Under Fire” drill which included a 10-yard sprint, 15-yard crawl (low then high crawl), hauling a simulated casualty(teammates) using two different carries: drag and fireman's while zigzagging through cones, sprints while carrying two 8-pound ammo cans through the same cones, throwing a dummy hand grenade(softball) into a marked circle 22.5 yards, and 5 pushups and a sprint with the ammo cans to the finish line. The last event with the Marine Corps was a leadership course where one player had to get their team through  many obstacles and find a way to strategically get all their teammates out alive. According to senior Khaliyah Flournory, she learned that “when a gifted team dedicates themselves to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, they are on the right track to attain success”.  The theme that all the players and coaches took from the experience and are going to focus on throughout the year were these five words: Loyalty, Dependability, Unselfishness, Decisiveness, and Mental and Physical Endurance. As you can tell, we learned a lot of things and the players learned a lot about each other but sophomore Jalen Wicher put it best, “I learned that no matter the circumstances my teammates will always provide the support I need to push through the challenging times both on the field and off”.  This experience was a great experience for our girls. Check out thefull video of the day at this link:

I learned that my body is way stronger than my mind. And I was able to push myself to the limit with the encouragement from my team. -Senior Mika Lumsden