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90 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 10 - April 16, 1998 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape baseball beats Woodbddge for second win By Dave Frederick LEWES - "I'm always shaky at first," said pitcher Mike Cunning- ham after giving up two first- inning runs to visiting Wood- bridge. "But I found my curve ball in the second inning." Big Goose found the groove and was popping the mitt of catch- er Ryan Whibley through the sixth inning en route to a 10-strikeout, four-hit performance. But enter- ing the bottom of the sixth inning the Vikings trailed 2-1. Whibley led off with a single up the middle. Coach Barry Lynch then sent sophomore Steve Fran- cis to the plate to execute the sac- rifice bunt. Phil Williams went in to pinch run for Whibley. "I told Francis (without a varsity at-bat in his career) that he had the green light on the first pitch because I wanted Phil to warm up. After that he was to bunt." Francis went from the caution of yellow to full-tilt green and ripped a double down the left baseline. Runners were on second and third with no outs. Wood- bridge intentionally walked Bo Hitchens for the force at any base and changed pitchers. Cunningham was the batter and looked back at the mound in a position to win his own game. "I just wanted to poke one to the out- field," Cunningham said. Big Goose looked like Tiger Woods on a 3-1 swing as he "mulliganed" a low fast ball. But with the count full, Cunningham stroked a two- RBI single to center, giving Cape a 3-2 lead. Theron Pavlik bunted runners to second and third. And then E.J. Chalabala laid down a suicide squeeze for an insurance run as Cape led 4-2. Cunningham shut the door in the bottom of the inning for his second consecutive victory as Cape improved to 2-3 on the sea- son. "Sometimes you make the calls and they turn out right," said Cape coach Barry Lynch. "We were due for some good fortune." SEE 'HITTERS' PAGE 92 FOR MORE BASEBALL Cape catcher Ryan Whibley looks for a pick-off play at first base. Angle Moon photo Viking lacro:00se tags Tatnall behind Lingo, Steele hat tricks By Dave Frederick Last Saturday, April 4, it was raining cats and dogs at the beach and small craft warn- ings were flying. But the big dogs of Delaware lacrosse, the undefeated Cape Henlopen Vikings, threw caution to the wind and set sail for the port of Wilmington for an away confrontation with nemesis Tatnall, whom the Vikings have beaten only once since 1979. "It was kind of cold and the field was wet but otherwise conditions were OK," said Cape's Josh Wyatt. Cape jumped out quickly as they have all season, outscoring Tatnall 5-2 in the first period. "Tatnall has a solid team of about 13 players and I think the cool conditions and slow field may have worked to their advan- tage," said defensive coach Tim Mahoney. "Plus they have Bill Bergey coaching and reffing the game for them." Bill Bergey is the former all-pro middle linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, whose son Jake was a Division III All- Continued on page 91 It's long and short with an English-Mexican name BODY BY BEAGLE - Sport- ing dogs qualify for People in Sports recognition. Cape freshman Sarah Strickland was cracking me up last Tuesday when she started describing her 3-year-old female beagle/Chihuahua-cross named Lady. "She is really fat with a long beagle body and short stubby Chi- huahua legs," Sarah said. "She has bulging Chihuahua eyes and a skinny throat. She sort of looks like a pot-bellied pig." "Hey, it's not funny!" The not-asked-for anatomy lesson continued. "When she gets excited she starts making this funny noise because the organs in her throat cannot support her heavy body. I think she has asthma. It's not funny Fredman!" Dave Frederick THE THIRD LEG - Don't worry Friday-night-crollirtg tripeds, this story is not about you. After a 20-month fitness program adhered to religiously without prayer, I have reached a depress- ing Conclusion. Aerobic and mus- cle strengthening exercises may PEOPLE IN SPORTS look good on a CAT scan but an out-of-body positive experience: requires the dreaded third leg of" fitness, boringly known as diet. No diet, no weight loss. No woman, no cry. Me belly full but me hungry. I'd rather walk around the world holding 20-pound dumbbells and "eat that chocolate doughnut" than move into denial and watch what I eat. (Hey, don't eat with your mouth open!) Here's what big people go through and I'm not telling you my weight but you can guess if you don't mind seeing where a horse bit me. (Car- nival humor.) I went for a preven- tive heart exam last week to my new friend, Doctor Budi, at Bayview Heath Associates. His nurse weighed me. (You find that funny?) And she weighed me with my clothes on, including my size 13EE New Balance 585s. (You find that funny?) Dr. Budi gazed at my shirtless double-wide torso and asked, "What size sport jacket do you wear? .... Hey Budimeister, you don't look like a Jewish doc- tor. What is this, Krass Brothers men's store?" When I got home I quickly got naked (dogs and cat sprinted for the marsh) and lightly stepped on my balance beam scale. As I thought, I was 6 pounds less than on the doctor's scale. And so I dieted for the entire weekend, along with plenty of exercise, and discovered I had lost another 3 pounds at the Monday morning let's-get-naked-and- weigh-in ceremony. (Wife: "Was your fat Aunt Rose here this week- end or does this weight actually belong to you?") I felt so good about myself Monday, having dropped 9 pounds since the doc- tor's Friday "weigh day," that I ate a light lunch, walked five miles, then ate a vegetarian, kick-butt pasta dinner manufactured by my wife, who stands to lose the most by my increased weight. (That's not funny!) Tuesday I was back up two pounds. OK, I did pass by the kitchen counter at 4 p.m., snatch- ing three candy orange slices, six peanut butter nutter-butter sand- wich cookies, several pieces of lunch meat ham and provolone cheese and a triscuit or two - OK, eight. Stay tuned for more Fred- man dietary excess stories - I mean success stories. SHRINKING INKY - Major league baseball slugger Pete Incaviglia, former fan favorite with the Phillies and Orioles, is now playing with the Detroit Tigers. Inky made the Tigers' ros- ter because of his new, sleeked- down body that helped Inky leg out a gapper into a stand-up dou- ble. The muscle-bound power hit- ter has dropped from 260 to 220 by spending less time in the weight room and more time on cardiovascular exercises. "Oh yeah, and I seriously altered my diet and eating habits," Inky said. Another one bites the dust instead of the chocolate cruller. Speaking of athletes ineligible for term insurance, Curt Schilling struck out 15 Braves last week using every ounce of his 250-pound body. How did you like that Mr. Perfect Location pitcher, golden glove Greg Maddux? And how about monster masher Mark McG- wire? What do you think that boy would do to a bathroom scale? THEY CALL ME JUNIOR - Any athlete who ever followed in the footsteps or tire tracks of a famous father had to have tears in Continued on page 81