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Vikings rally, but fall to Tech in 11 innings

Cape falls to 0-2, remains confident moving forward
By Nick Roth | Apr 11, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Cape junior first baseman Tiara Duffy catches the ball just in time to force out Sussex Tech's Lauren Genshaw during the Vikings' 6-5 loss in 11 innings April 9.

Lewes — The Cape softball team matched the defending state champions from Sussex Tech for 10 innings before falling 6-5 in the 11th at home April 9.

The loss dropped the Vikings to 0-2 early this season. It was the second straight game when the girls came from behind to threaten one of the state's top softball teams. On March 28, Cape plated seven runs in the seventh inning, but fell just short 13-11 to Milford.

“This time last year this probably would've qualified as a moral victory,” said coach Jeff Evans. “I told the girls not to be disappointed. We've got some things to clean up, but they can't be satisfied.”

Trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning, the Vikings loaded the bases on three straight singles. Junior Alexis Burger cut the deficit in half with a two-run single, which was followed by another two-run single from junior Stacey King.

The Ravens retook the lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Cape knotted the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh on a passed ball. After two scoreless innings, the international tiebreaker rule went into effect in the 10th, meaning a runner is put on second base at the start of each inning.

After a scoreless 10th, the Ravens broke the tie with solid fundamental softball. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third base, and the next batter knocked a deep fly to center for an easy sacrifice fly RBI.

Cape moved a runner over to third in the bottom half, but consecutive line-drive outs ended the game.

While both losses this season have been difficult, Evans said, his team is primed to make a run.

“We have a different moral fiber than we did last year,” he said. “We're more positive, more upbeat and more together. We probably wouldn't have rallied in either game last year.”

Cape's game against Red Lion Christian Academy set for April 13 has been postponed. The Vikings will look to get some wins when they host Dover at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, before traveling to Delmar Thursday, April 18.

Cape's Kira Vitella slides safely under Tech's Emily Pusey for the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape senior shortstop Emily Baptiste snags a line drive. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape junior Stacey King cannot beat out a throw to first. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sussex Tech catcher Nicole Ullman barely holds on to catch a foul pop fly. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape junior Tiara Duffy gets a face full of leather as she slides safely into second base on a steal attempt. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape freshman pitcher Riley Shields delivers a pitch home. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape freshman Kira Vitella makes a routine catch in the outfield. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sussex Tech first baseman Lauren Genshaw stretches out to grab a wide throw, but the ball gets past. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape coach Jeff Evans discusses the situation with his batter and runners. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape senior Emily Baptiste practices her swing while looking for a sign from coach Jeff Evans. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tech pitcher Emily Pusey winds up for a pitch. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape freshman Anna Steiner breaks for third base. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape sophomore Jasmin Williamson stands ready at second base. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape sophomore left fielder Alexis Burger reaches out to catch a fly ball in front of center fielder Marlee McGinness. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape freshman Sydney Ostroski looks down to third for a sign. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape junior Tiara Duffy makes her way to third. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape freshman Sydney Ostroski is tagged out by Tech catcher Nicole Ullman in the bottom of the 10th inning. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sussex Tech senior Devon Bitler lays down a sacrifice bunt in extra innings. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape assistant coach Alison Sullivan talks with runner Stacey King during a break in the action. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape freshman pitcher Riley Shields glances over to the dugout between pitches. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Katie Kolobielski makes solid contact with a pitch. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sussex Tech players celebrate after holding off Cape in the bottom of the 11th inning. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape freshman Sydney Ostroski slams on the brakes after taking a lead off second. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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