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.4. 114 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 SPOR'rS & OUTDOORS Soyka gets s Dan Cook photo Cape starting pitcher Allen Vicker s delivers in the 4-3 win over Laurel April 8 - the Vikings' first of the sea- son. as ,002ape puts one in win column By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff Pitcher Allen Vickers stood on the mound in the top of the seventh inning last Tuesday ready to protect a 4-2 lead over Laurel, the team's only runs coming on a pair of home runs. Vickers had battled back from 153 to 195 pounds since 10 months ago - June 1, 2007 - when he was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma at Alfred I. Du Pont Hospital. He had been sick and fatigtied most of his junior season before a lump was discovered under his arm and a chronic cough persist- ed. Vickers had surgery on June 8, had a port put in his chest and had a bone marrow biopsy. Then on June 14, his 17th birthday, he had his f'wst chemo treatment which last- ed through five cycles that included three days each in the hospital. Thirty days following the last chemo treatment he began 14 straight days of radi- ation. The lymphoma was in his lower neck, under his left arm and in the center of his chest. All his hair fell out and his toes and fingertips were numb until a few weeks ago. The Hollywood script would have Vickers striking out the side for Cape's first win then being mobbed on the mound by his teammates. But this is high school sports where diversity of talent translates to uncertainty of outcomes. "Allen couldn't throw a crve ball just a week ago," coach Jimmy Young said after the game, "and today he threw lots of them. He is just a remarkable story." Allen walled the leadoff batter and fol- lowed with a strikeout. Then an in- between ball to right field got past Kyle Kaminski who had knocked in Cape's third and fourth runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Two Bulldog runners were on base. A fly to centerfielder Joe D'Amico and there were two outs. The drama was building. A single narrowed the lead to 4-3. Vickers got two strikes on the next batter then hit,him loading the bases. Coach Jimmy Young called on "Loose Goose Lefty" Michael Soyka to save the dream of the Vickers comeback. "Loaded with two outs in the last inning of a one-run game with a home run hitter at the plate," Soyka said with a smile. "I was well aware of the situation." Soyka faced Matt Parker who had left the yard in the fourth inning with a towering no-doubt home run over the left field fence. The f'wst pitch was grooved for a strike. A late breaking curveball appeared to catch the outside comer but the call was a ball. The count ran to 3-2 and Parker fouled off a pitch. With the Soyka windup and delivery, all runners were in motion, the game on the line. Parker swung hard and missed! Cape wins 4-3! Vickers had the perfectly poetic victory, one earned with a little help from his friends. "I'm told by others I'm not at full strength, but I fell pretty good," Vickers said. "I wish I hadn't hit that guy with two strikes, but it wasn't because I was getting tired; I just came too far inside." NOTES - Doug Stigile did a great job behind the plate starting in place of the injured John Goodwin. Matt Parker hit a fourth-inning home run for Laurel tying the game at 1-1. Steven Walker broke the tie on the bottom of the fourth with anRBI double for a 2-1 lead for Cape. Kyle Kaminski laced a single off Lance Kelly scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-1 Cape lead. Zach Bonnewell hit a line drive over the left centerfield fence in the top of the sixth cutting the lead to .4-2 setting up the dramatic seventh inning. Cape hosts Lake Forest Friday, April 11, then travels to play Caravel Saturday, April 12. They need a smack down to prove they're committed to their beliefs HANGING WITH THE FEL- Moss caught the go-ahead touch- 50 international competitions, will Team handball is a seven-on- LAS - True story - I come from a background spent studyihg psy- chology and working in clinical settings. I had my own practice when I was in sixth grade. Anyway, I know this schizo- phrenic young man who ventures into multiple personality disorder and a few beers ago we were enjoying each other's company when he looked across the table and said, "You don't get it, do you?" He pointed to his shirt which read "Hanging with the fellas," and it was so clever for a guy with MPD that I completely missed it. I can tell you that men of all ages love hanging with their boys. So when Cape baseball pitcher Allen Vickers' mother, Christie, wrote and told me about her son's recovery from Hodgkin's lym- phoma and mentioned how friends Will Betts, Jon Goodwin, Dean Tappan, Dylan Reynolds, J.T. Tana, Willie Makowski,- Hunter Walsh and many Others would just come over and hang and try to stay out of trouble, I just thought of that shirt. Dave Frederick GETTING HOME - I am going to write the sports book on PEOPLE IN SPORTS how to get home wheh victory is in your grasp. I think you need to look at it negatively - like a worst case scenario - and that way you'll know how to protect a lead. Memphis could have called time out with two minutes remain- ing against Kansas and had that conversation, "How can we blow this thing.when we can hold the ball for 30 seconds twice finless we get fouled in which case we get free shots." Great athletes do crazy things, good and bad, but I'm getting home. Reflect back to the last Super Bowl and remember Randy down and that should have been that. But instead you can't tackle goofy Eli who couldn't escape my grandmother's grasp. FREE TIBET - I go to more sporting events with more variety than any sane person I know and my job is to pay attention. I have never heard a discussion of Tibet start up and, in fact, any zealot for human rights who disrupts a game needs a smack down just to prove they're "a player committed to their beliefs. So who are these wankers attacking Olympic torch carriers? How about the runner just sticking a flaming torch into their face? "I got your torch right here!" Talk about attacking the mes- senger. And there seem to be a lot of Chinese Americans who have a problem with China except they live here. You don't see Mexicans going all anti-Mexico. They're too busy working and making money and making the rest of us look lazy. Go to our own ghetto and then tall to me about Tibet. USA FIELD HOCKEY TEAM - Carrie Lingo, of Cape and North Carolina and veteran of travel with the United States field hockey team to Kazan, Russia, at the end of April to compete against five other nations in a qualifying tournament for a spot in the 2008 summer Olympic games to be held in Beijing, China, political climate permit- ting. Fourteen of the 18 USA ros- ter spots come from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. The team has 10 players coming from the ACC with five others from Old Dominion. It is obvious that hockey talent in the USA is clus- tered in certain areas of the coun- try. CAPE'S SILVER MEDAL- Axel Sjoblad was a Swedish exchange stu- dent who went to Cape circa 1984-85, lived with the Hopkins fami- ly and played SJOBLAD soccer and. ran the 800 meters on my track team. Axel competed for Sweden in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics in the sport of team handball and won a silver medal. seven game with six players and a goalie where you throw and bounce a ball and try to throw it in the net. "Same as soccer except no feet," Axel used to tell us but we would all laugh because we were stupid. I don't know of any other Cape-connected Olympic medal, so let me know if you can think of one. SNIPPETS - Ryan Reed had a pair of hits as Delaware (11-19) beat Rutgers 5-3 Thursday, April 9, after losing to Delaware State April 8, when the Hornets scored eight runs in the ninth inning to win 10-6. Following the Kansas win over Memphis in overtime - I had picked the Jayhawks to finish third, in a 38-person pool - I was watching Channel 10 News when the lead story of three Delaware seniors on spring break in South Beach, Miami, getting jumped and pummeled by a double-digit number of muscled bouncers caught my attention. I had to turn on the light so I could hear better when I saw John Merryman, Sean Sweeny and Rory Costello, three Continued on page 116