Extra Points — June 24, 2016


Shorebirds earn back-to-back SAL Player of the Week honors

While Delmarva Shorebirds’ shortstop Ryan Mountcastle may have missed out on a South Atlantic League All-Star bid this year, the former first-round draft pick is still managing to make a name for himself early in his career, recently being named the SAL Player of the Week for June 6-12.

Appearing in all seven games during the week’s stretch of schedule, Mountcastle went 15-32 (.469) from the plate, knocking two homers, five doubles and five RBIs, and scoring seven runs.

The 19-year-old slugger’s contributions helped the ’Birds to a 5-2 record during that stretch, which included three-extra inning wins.

Following Mountcastle’s first SAL Player of the Week nod, catcher Yermin Mercedes earned his second of the season, for the week of June 13-19.

A recent All-Star selection, Mercedes went 12-27 with a .444 on the week, knocking three home runs and eight RBIs, and scoring seven runs during the seven-game stretch.

Most notably, Mercedes tallied the ninth-inning homer that gave the Shorebirds an 8-7 win over Hickory on Sunday, June 19.

Mercedes is the first player on not only the team, but in the league, to win the award twice in 2016.

Hitchens earns second Crate 602 Sportsman win of the season at Georgetown

Race season is under way at the Georgetown Speedway, and local driver Scott Hitchens is continuing to make a name for himself on the track while going for his third career Dirt Track Modified Championship title at Georgetown and his fourth collectively.

A Dagsboro resident, Hitchens’ most recent conquest came on June 2, earning his second Crate 602 Sportsman win of the season at Georgetown.

Driving the Blades HVAC No. 65 car, Hitchens took the lead from past leader Jeremy Harrington by working the outside lane for the first-place finish. Harrington would come back to challenge Hitchens late in the race but spun entering Turn 3.

The next race at Georgetown is set for Friday, July 22. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstand gates at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:20 p.m., and racing at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission costs $20, and pit admission costs $35. For more information, visit www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com.

Sussex Tech’s Lux headed to DelTech to play baseball

While his high school career may be over, Sussex Tech High School graduate Kyle Lux will continue his baseball career at the next level, recently announcing plans to play at Delaware Tech Community College in Georgetown next season.

The Lewes native helped lead the Ravens to a 10-8 regular season and advance all the way to the semi-finals before an 8-2 loss against Middletown.

Lux was the hero in a first-round matchup against Sussex Central on May 23, scoring what would eventually be the winning run after being knocked in by Brayden Graham.

He plans to major in criminal justice while playing baseball for the Roadrunners.

SU men’s lax racks up awards after national championship

After a historic season, the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team continues to tally up the awards.

In 2016, the Seagulls went 8-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play and 23-1 overall, earning their 22nd straight CAC Championship game appearance, 28th straight NCAA Division III tournament appearance and 11th national championship title under head coach Jim Berkman.

The year’s impressive résumé was enough to get Berkman a nod as the College Coach of the Year by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association last Sunday.

Also collecting honors was senior midfielder Thomas Cirillo, who racked up 54 goals and 32 assists this season, to be named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s National Midfielder of the Year and Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and collect first-team All-American honors and All-CAC first-team honors as well.

Three other players joined Cirillo as All ECAC South first-team selections, including junior attackman Nathan Blondino, sophomore defender Kyle Tucker, and Bethany Beach native and SU junior LSM Andrew Ternahan.

Second-team honors went to junior Carson Kalama, senior James Burton and sophomore Will Nowesnick.

Skate Bowl Bash set for June 28 at Ocean Bowl skate park

Music, food, contests and, of course, a whole lot of skating, will headline the Skate Bowl Bash at the Ocean Bowl Skate Park in Ocean City, Md., when the event gets under way on Tuesday, June 28.

Free skating all day is open to all pass-holders 6 or older, in what the Ocean City Recreation & Parks department is calling “the biggest Bowl event of the year.”

For more information, or to get a skate park pass, visit www.oceanbowl.com or call (410) 289-2695.