Cape Gazette

No-No Nardo pitches gem against CR

Senior tosses second no-hitter of career
By Nick Roth | Apr 26, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Cape senior Diaz Nardo delivers a pitch home during his no-hitter against Caesar Rodney April 25 at home.

Lewes — Cape senior Diaz Nardo may not have felt up to par entering the April 25 game against conference rival Caesar Rodney, but it didn't take long for the big right-hander to get in the zone.

Nardo threw a complete game no-hitter in the 9-0 win over the Riders (7-5), striking out 10 batters, walking two and hitting one other. Nardo, a University of Delaware commit, improved his record to 2-2 this season. The no-hitter was the second of Nardo's high school career. He previously held Woodbridge hitless in the 2011 season opener.

“I was a little hurt coming in, but I felt good in the beginning of the first inning, so I just kept on going,” he said. “I just felt like I had everything today. I was throwing strikes, mainly I was hitting the strike zone with fastballs and curveballs.”

Coach Ben Evick said, “We talked before the game and just told him to pound the zone. You don't have to overpower people; you don't try to throw it by everyone. Just make plays and pound the strike zone, and that's exactly what he did.”

Nardo cruised through a perfect first three innings before he ran into trouble. After striking out the first batter in the top of the fourth inning, Nardo walked, hit a batter and walked another in consecutive at bats. Fortunately, a pick-off of a runner on second base and a routine pop-up to third ended the inning shortly thereafter.

Two CR batters reached base in the seventh inning on unquestionable errors, but again the Vikings' fielders preserved the shutout and no-hit bid with solid defense when it was needed.

Offensively, senior Cody Dmiterchik went 1-for-3 at the plate and scored three runs. Junior Griffin Kammerer was 1-for-2 with an RBI, two runs scored and two walks. Senior Adam Marcinizyn was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The victory was a good bounce-back win from Cape's tough 3-2 extra-inning loss in Lake Forest earlier in the week. However, the Vikings took the ferry across the Delaware Bay for a game against Lower Cape May Regional and suffered a 4-0 loss. The Vikings' record is now 6-5 with seven games remaining.

Cape will be back home Tuesday, April 30, when the Vikings will host Seaford at 4:15 p.m.

Kai Vitella, left, congratulates Diaz Nardo after Nardo completed his no-run, no-hit game on the mound. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape first baseman David Kwan reaches for the ball in a pick-off attempt. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape senior Adam Marcinizyn lays down a tag on a CR runner at third base.
Cape senior catcher Brandon Keller looks into the dugout for direction on the next pitch. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
CR pitcher Aaron Briggs delivers a pitch home as a Cape runner gets a big secondary lead off second base. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Junior Griffin Kammerer takes a lead off third base. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Senior Cody Dmiterchik retreats back to second base. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sophomore Kai Vitella eyes a line drive heading his way at shortstop. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Junior Griffin Kammerer is congratulated for a single by first-base coach Dave Vitella. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Senior Cody Dmiterchik dives safely back into first base on a pick-off attempt. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape senior Diaz Nardo winds up for a pitch. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sophomore Kai Vitella fires a ball to first. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Junior Jon Warren lines up a routine catch in center field. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Senior Cody Dmiterchik tries to lay down a bunt, but the ball lands in foul territory. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The Vikings cheer on their batters from the dugout. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Assistant coach Ryan Reed, left, and senior Adam Marcinizyn discuss a play between innings. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sophomore David Kwan reaches for the ball on a pick-off attempt as a CR runner slips back safely. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Diaz Nardo delivers the ball home. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Senior third baseman Adam Marcinizyn lines up a throw to first after snatching up a ground ball. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape coaches talk to the team after its 9-0 win over CR. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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