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60 - CAPE GAZE'FI, Friday, May 19 - May 25, 1995 Vikings close out disappointing '95 baseball season By Jessica Neal There have been some bright spots and there has been some low points, but on Wednesday, Cape baseball team's long season drew to a close with a 6-4 loss to Seaford. The team finished out the season with a 3-8 record in the Henlopen Conference, and a 7-11 overall. The team hosted a tough Seaford team on Wednesday. Ben Evick pitched for Cape, and threw 10 strikeouts. Cape scored three runs in the bottom of the first in- ning, but did not score again until the bottom of the seventh, when it brought in one run. However, it was not enough to make a dent in Seaford's six runs. At the plate, Evick was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Evick also hit a double, along with Donnie Brooks. On Monday, Cape opened the week with a rough 7-6 loss to In- dian River at home. The Vikings jumped ahead with three runs in the fmrst inning, but fell short when the Indians pulled ahead in the top of the sixth inning. Donnie Brooks started on the mound, and Brett Millman finished out the game for Cape. Brad Egolf had two RBIs at the plate. Last Saturday, Cape boarded the bus for Milford, to play a make-up game from last Thurs- day. In its final win of the season, the Vikings dropped Milford 10-6. Ben Evick was the winning pitch- er. Cape remained run-less until the fourth inning, when the bats came around to produce four runs. Joe Bekeshka doubled to bring in two runs, Jason Bragg bunted to bring another baserunner home, and Joe Deloy sacrificed for the fourth run. In the fifth, Bekeshka doubled Anlile ttm im*o Cape third baseman Matt Crouch leaps for a high throw as an Indian River player slides safely into third. The game was a highlight of the season for the Vikings, who knocked off the havily favored Indians, 2-1, last week. JV team posts 9-4 record The Cape Heniopen boys junior varsity baseball team went 3- for-4 in its last four games of the season to finish with a 9-4 record overall. The week of baseball started with a 2-1 victory over Polytech be- hind the three-hit pitching of Jason Buckley, who collected five strikeouts with no walks. Bo Hitchens led the team at the plate, go- ing 2-for-2. In their next game, the Vikings exploded for a 13-4 win over In- dian River. Pitchers Scott Townsend and Mike Cunningham com- bined to hold the Indians to just eight hits, while Cape put together a 10-hit attack led once again by Hitchens (2-for-3), Ronnie Mitchell (2-for-5) and Leroy Leppo (2-foro3). The win - Cape's fifth in a row - improved its record to 8-3. But the streak didn't last long. A couple of days later Milford managed to slip by the Vikings, 13-11, thanks to early game errors that allowed the Buts to take a 9-1 advantage. The Viking offense also sputtered with only seven hits. Jason Buckiey, Gary VanSciv- er and Scott Townsend each got two hits. Cape tried to come back in the later innings, posted three runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Milford lead. The Vikings ended their season on a positive note Wednesday, May 17, when they posted a 6-5 nail-biting win over Seaford. With the game tied at five in the sixth inning, Bo Hitchens reached fLrst base on an error and then stole second. Leroy Leppo came to the plate and delivered the RBI hit that drove Hitchens home with the winning run. Mike Cunningham got the win in relief of Gary VanSciver, who lasted four innings. Cunningham struck out the last two Seaford batters he faced with runners on second and third. again for another RBI, making the score 5-1. In the sixth, the Vikings brought in four more insurance runs when Chris Irelan slammed a three-run homer, while Evick brought in another run with a RBI double. However, Milford came back to gain two runs that inning, making the score 9-3. In the top of the seventh, Cape scored its final run, when Steve Foresteiri smashed a double, send- ing runner Ricky White to the plate. In the bottom of the sev- enth, Milford attempted to come back with a three-run homer, but came up short with the final score of 10-6. First-year Viking coach Barry Lynch is looking forward to next year, and feels his players need to get intense. "We have to start to realize this is high school baseball, not Little League," explains Lynch. "The Henlopen Conference plays some real competitive ball, and the players have to want to be out there and they have to play with intensity. This year we just had some problems believing in our- selves." "We really had some great play- ers that deserve some recognition. They worked hard all the time. Ricky White gave me everything that he had all the time. He really went beyond his call of duty. Guy Wesson was out there every day, and he really worked tremendous- ly. He has definitely showed me to be the most improved player this year." As for next year, Lynch says he definitely plans on being back. "This was my first year and everything takes some getting used to, but I'm excited for next year. We seem to have some great guys, and I think Mr. Hitchens has done a fine job working with them this year. They look like they're ready to play," he said. Mary Lou Jackson and George Cham- hers stand by the unique tro- phy that will he awarded to the winner of the Gold Series this summer when the North Ameri- can Sunfish Championship Regatta in late July and early August. Steve Hoenigmann photo Unique trophy is top prize for national Sunfish regatta in Lewes By Steve Hoenigmann It's never happened before in Lewes, and when it does it should be a boost to the local economy and put the First Town in the First State on the sailing map. The Lewes Yacht Club will play host to the 33rd annual North American Sunfish Championship Regatta Monday, July 31 through Friday, Aug. 4. "We're expecting a couple hundred sailors from a five state area," said George Chambers, chairman of the com- mittee planning the event. Those sailors, along with family and friends, will boost the population of Lewes for at least five days. The committee is getting assistance promoting the event from the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Cen- ter and the City of Lewes, which donated $140 to pay for the unique trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the Gold Se- ries at the end of a week of racing. The trophy came from Mary Perez's Dockside Gift Shop on Front Street in Lewes, and consists of a weather vane on a stand topped by a bronze sailboat. "We thought it was rather unique," said Cham- bers of the trophy. The competition will get under way on Monday, July 31, with junior races for sailors under age 18. The event is open to everyone. Adults will sail qualification races the first two days of the event, while the last three days will be devoted to com- petition in two adult classes - the Gold Se- ries and the Founders Fleet. An awards ceremony and dinner will cap the festivi- ties. Chambers said that during the competi- tions, Lewes captain Dale Parsons will take the Lewes Princess and up to 150 passengers out into Lewes Harbor for an up-close view of the event. The last time the North American Sun- fish Championship came to Delaware was back in 1987 when it was held at the Re- hoboth Sailing Association on Rehoboth Bay. Chambers hopes the sailors like what they see when they come to Lewes. "I think they're going to agree that we have one of the finest sailing facilities along the East Coast," he said.