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FRIDAY, MAY 13 - MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 101 McCoy goes the distance on the mound By Dave Frederick Cape baseball is coming back from years of hardship status, bringing along a certain sense of humor earned from the school of hard knocks. Kyle McCoy went the distance on the mound May 9 at Saint Mark's, allowing just 4 hits, while Cody Dmiterchik, Tucker Nick- erson and Diaz Nardo each rapped out three hits in an exhil- arating 10-3 V'ff, ings victory. "McCoy threw the best game of his life," coach Dave Doherty said. all the players were hit- ting the ball and making plays; it was great. It's only one game, but I've been telling them all year they are a good baseball team; you just have to go out and exe- cute." The following day it was down to Delmar and after 7 long in- nings with no.breeze and a low- slung sun shinning in the visi- tors' dugout, Cape escaped with a wild 11-10 victory. Doherty welcomed his team off the field after centerfielder Jon Warren raced in, then backpedaled, reaching up and snagging the final out as the would-be tying run was crossing home plate. "That was a big step we took today," Doherty said to his team. "It was an ugly step but a big one. You beat two very good teams over two days." Then Doherty joked, "The rea- son this game was so long and so entertaining was because you had to pay $5 to watch it." ]on Warren was still breathing hard when he said,"For a brief moment I thought I misplayed the ball. I ran in, and it was hit so hard it was just on me." Pitching ace Diaz Nardo didn't have his good stuff, giving up 8 runs over 4 innings while coach Dave Hearn of the Wildcats used six pitchers in the game. Cape game back after trailing 8-5 ,scoring 6 unanswered runs in every way imaginable, from le- git hits to a walk, balk and walk sequence that scored three runs, to a force at home with the bases loaded that was dropped by the catcher. Freshman Griffin Kammerer took over for Nardo in the 5th and was credited with the victo- ry, raising his record to 3-2 on the season. "The last inning was a lit- tle wild" Kammerer said. "I was happy to see ]on ]on make that fi- nal out." Cape scored its three runs in the top of the 7th after a pair or errors allowed Diaz Nardo to bring in the go-ahead run. Cody Dmiterchik scored run 10 on the dropped force out at home, and ]ake Dmiterchik brought home run 11 with a sacrifice fly. "I knew it was going to be one of those days; in the fn'st inning the left field robbed Diaz of a r DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS GET DOWN! Cody Dmiterchik is about to slide safely into third base. Dmiterchil~ banged out five hits over two games and reached base in every time at bat against Delmar. home run, then in the bottom of Cape plays at Woodbridge Fri- the second we're out of the in- day, May 13, then at Delmarva ning and the ball hits the umpire Christian Monday, May 16. Cape and that's followed by a three- rapped out 9 hits while scoring U run double," Doherty said. runs in-the game. n excellent team will take apart a medium team in lacrosse be- came of the freakish proficiency gradient that exists in that sport. The Cape girls dis- mantled a 9-1 Charter team May 6; then I saw the Atlantic U15 girls' team take Caroline County apart, and May 10 the Cape boys' lacrosse team had a surprising 24-3 walkover at Sussex Tech. In the world of succinct messaging it may be concluded that "It is what it is," but really, what if "It is what it isn't"? I've watched 10 years of Cape football not producing a winning season and had to conclude that either there was something defi- cient in the oceanside tidal gene pool or blame the program and poor management by adults for not aggressively addressing the issues (we all have issues) un- derlying the lack of success. Then there's the "it defies logic" outcome, like Cape baseball up- setting a Saint Mark's baseball team 10-3 or theCape girls' soc- cer team shutting out and shut- ring down a 10-win Sussex Tech team 2-0. There is no doubt that any team can be gotten by an- other at any time, especially if the heavily favored succumbs to attention deficit and doesn't fo- cus on the mission in front of it. All good teams play angry, pro- tect the house and light up the house of the opponents, leaving them with the electric bill. Track championships - Perfor- mance entry lists for champi- onship track meets are all about best times and distances on the season just passed, I've won sev- eral "postal meets" against teams coached by friends from other states, but in real time championships are won by ath- letes who perform best under fo- cused pressure, because there are always a number of blow- ups, just like in horse racing. The HenlopenConference track championships are Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, at Lake Forest High School. Upstate it's the New Castle County champi- P onships. The following week, Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, is the divisional state champi- onship meet held at Caesar Rod- hey High School. A balanced and well-diversified team, like the Cape girls, will spread out its lineup over 18 events for maxi- mum team points in the Hen- lopen Conference Meet with an eye toward the state meet the following week. Track fans can go to the web- site after this weekend to clearly see how teams stack up against each oth- er.The Cape and Milford girls are too close to call in the Hen- lopen Meet. The Vildngs go to Division One and the Bucca- neers to Division Two at the state meet. There are champi- onships up for grabs. Show up or shut up; it's just that simple. Snippets - The Cape girls' lacrosse team will host Tower Hill at 6 p.m., Friday, May 13, at Legends Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. There is no junior varsity game. The Phillies, 24-12, still own the best record in baseball even after a scoring drought cost Cliff Lee a win against the Braves in spite of 16 strikeouts, and Roy Halla- day suffered a 2-1 loss to the DAN COOK PHOTO MATT MILLMAN is a power force in the midfield for the boys' lacrosse team. Marlins May 10. The Nationals, easier to fred on the high-defini- tion channels than the Phillies, are 18-18 and a fun team to watch. You have read in the Gazette that Dwight Tingle re- signed as Cape basketball coach, and let me just say that the job is wide open and there is no inside track for anyone and no done deals. Dwight said to me, "You have to have thick skin to be the basketball coach at Cape, and DAVE FREDERICK PHO'f'O'~ Shanel Dickens will step onto the track four times in this weekend's Henlopen Conference Championships. .~ not everyone can handle that kind of pressure. There are all kinds of different groups of peo-. pie that have strong opinions and know how to do your job better than you." The Surf Bagel five and dime kilometer races will begin at 9.a.m, Saturday, May 14, on the Cape track. There is also a mile walk. Proceeds g to the Iron Mike Destasio ALS fund. Iron Mike will be there, so why not you? Mike still, bowls and plays golf and if there's anyone tougher on my sports beat, I don't want to meet them. Please come out to a corn= munity event where you can make a difference. Go on now, gift -,