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116 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 Lady Vikings boot Milford 6-1 to remain undefeated By Dave Frederick Erin Williams high stepped and crossed over through the k minefield of the Milford defense until she presented an un- obstructed view to first-time, first-game goalie Kourtney Short. "Looking for this?" Erin said in body language while putting the ball into the back of the net. Short had no chance but she did not flinch. The Williams goal came at 33:44 of the fLrSt half with the clock running backwards and Cape would go on to domi- hate sending 29 hard shots on net with six finding their way past very busy goaltender Short. "Before the game I was nervous, then excited, and final- ly I just focused and said, 'What the heek? It's all good.'" Thirty-five seconds after the Williams goal Lauren Folke lofted a long and curving shot from the right wing that caught the crossbar and the back hands of the goaltender before bouncing into the net. Milford pushed some action late in the half with a shot hitting the crossbar behind goaltender Heather McGready, but Cape continued to bring the pressure with crossing passes and near misses. Finally, Lauren Cooper set up Erin Williams who drilled her second goal for a 3-0 insurmountable lead. "Everyone played well tonight," said coach Randy Redard of his 5-0-2 team, "Now is the time of the year to play to win and play to get better. We are at St. Mark's on Saturday. That will be a battle and a good test for us." Khara Conlon played defense, midfield and offense and was a "playa" at all positions, finally getting on a goal on a nice crossing pass from Jessica Folke. MilfOrd's Short stopped a pair of point blank shots, one from Williams and the other by Folke before Lauren.Coop- er walked in for a goal with 33:21 left in the game and a 5- 0 Cape advantage. Jamie Bahder scored for Milford to bring the Bucs back to 5-1 but Jessica Folke, with numerous rushes on the goal- fender thanks to great passes and her blazing speed, waited until the last second before sending a shot past the goal- tender. "It was about time I finished," Folke said. "We are the type of team that can battle and rise to the oc- casion," said Erin Williams. "We've tied two games and people have forgotten about us. It's up to the players to make them remember!" At left, Cape's Jessiea Folke hurdles Milford goalie Kourtney Short before scoring a goal mo- ments later. At right, Cape's Jelyn Robinson bat- ties Buc defender Stacey Billings for possession of the ball. Dan Cook photos Cape base[)tll team improves record with shutottt over Smyrna By Mallory Steele Scott Shockley, Kurt Kulp and Chase Ko- rnemann split the duties on the mound as the Cape baseball team shut out the Smyrna Eagles last Tuesday, 8-0. The Vikings scored in the first inning when Ryan Reed knocked in two runs, giv- ing Cape the early lead. The first Smyrna batter of the day was thrown out at first base, and after a walk, the next two batters were retired. Cape got only one runner aboard in the top of the second inning when Stephen Shockley was walked. The next three Vikings batters were retired to bring Smyr, na back up to bat. Scott Shockley made quick work of the Eagles in their half of the inning, striking out the first batter. The second batter of the inning was thrown out at first base, and Shockley then struck out the final batter. "My curveball was really working," Shockley said. "I was hitting my spots for the first time all year." Kornemann started off the third inning with a single, but was forced out at second base allowing Andy Chunn to reach first base. Chunn was caught stealing at second, and Reed was thrown out at first to end Cape's half of the inning. Scott Shockley struck out the first Smyr- na batter in the third, but the next Eagles batter ran out an infield single, and an error at shortstop advanced him to second base. The next batter hit a line drive right at Ray Tartal at second base, and Cape doubled up the Smyrna base runner at first, ending the inning. Scott Shockley led off the fourth inning with a ground rule double, and he advanced to third base on a passed ball. Pat Kuhn was then walked. During Stephen Shock- ley's at-bat, Kuhn stole second as Scott Shockley stole home, bringing the score to 3-0. Smyrna retired Stephen Shockley and the next two Cape batters to end the Vikings' half of the inning. Kurt Kulp was brought in to pitch for Scott Shockley in the bottom of the fourth inning. After he gave up a single, Kulp struck out the next two Smyrna batters. The final batter of the inning was thrown out at first base. Cape scored four more runs in the top of the fifth inning. After Ray Jackson was called out at first, Kornemann hit Cape's second ground rule double of the day. Chunn then hit a double to bring Korne- mann in to score. After Reed popped out, Chunn advanced to third base on a passed ball, and Scott Shockley drove him in with an RBI single, bringing the score to 5-0. Shockley ad- vanced to third base when the Eagles' catcher missed a Pat Kuhn pop up near home platel "With runners at second and third, Dustin Hobbs was walked. Josh Barkauskie then stepped up and hit an infield single that brought two Vikings across the plate. Hobbs was then tagged out at third base to end the top half of the inning. Cape quickly retired Smyrna in the bot- tom of the fifth, making outs at first and in right field. Kulp struck out the final batter. In the top of the sixth inning, Jackson and Kornemann each hit singles, and Chunn was walked to load the bases. In a Reed sacrifice attempt, Jackson was called 0utat home. However, the bases were still loaded for Scott Shockley, who hita sacrifice fly to right field that scored Kornemann. Kuhn was struck out to end the inning, but the Vikings had done their damage, leading 8- 0. The first Smyrna batter of the bottom of the sixth popped out, however, an error at second base put a runner on board. Cape answered, as the next batter was called out at first and Kulp struck out the final batter. "Our defense was OK," said Chunn. "It wasn't what we're capable of, though." The Vikings only sent three hitters to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, and all three were retired to bring the Eagles up for their last at-bat. Kornemann was brought in to close it out. He struck out the first two batters he faced, and the last Smyrna batter was called out at first, ending the game and giving Cape their ninth victory of the season. Shockley struck out three, Kulp struck out four, and Kornemann struck out two, giving the Cape pitchers a total of nine strikeouts. "All the guys were really hitting their spots," said catcher Reed of his pitching staff: The Vikings piay Caesar Rodney Friday, May 2, and will face Dover in a makeup game Saturday, May 3, at 3 p.m.