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"V CAPE GAZETI, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 103 " .... Dan Cook photos Cape pitcher Andy Chunn, far left, tossed a two-hitter at Howard in the opening round of the state baseball tournament May 24, but Wildcat hurler Bob Kunz, left, was just a little sharper tossing a no-hitter at the Vikings for a 2-0 victory. Above, Chunn dives safely back in- to first base on a pickoff attempt. No-hitter from state baseball tourne By Mallory Steele Cape hitters were retired just.- "The season overall was pretty quickly in their half of the fourth :- " good, but in the end, in the tourna- as Reed struck ouL Scott Shoekley It weren't for bad luck, Cape ment, we just couldn't hit," said Cape catcher Ryan Reed. Winners of the Henlopen Con- ference title, the :Cape baseball team's remarkable season came to an end May 24 as Howard's Bob flied out, and Pat Kulan was called out at first base. In the top of the sixth inning, Chunn walkedoward's Ron Henry, and after!h sacrifice hit by Brandon Elliot, the W'ddcats had a ;Kunz no-hit the Vikings on the runner .on second with one out. ;way to a 2,0 [dcat victory. .......... Kunz then stepped up and was Andy Chunn started on the mound for Cape. With two outs in the top of the first inning, Kunz stepped up and smashed a double. He would be stranded at second, though, as Chase Kornemann snagged a line drive at shortstop to end Howard's half of the in- ning. Chunn struck out two more in the top of the second inning, and didthe ghriae in the top Of the third. The Vikings, however, weren't having any better luck at the plate, as Kunz struck out four Cape bat- ters in the In'st three innings. The Vikings made quick work of the Wildcats in the top of the fourth inning, as the first two bat- ters flied out and Chunn struck out the third batter for his sixth strike- out of the day. called safe at first on an inf'lff single. Kunz stole second base to put Howard runners on second and third. Tom Novak stepped to the plate and blasted an RBI sin- gle that brought both runners across the plate giving Howard a 2-0 lead. Novak stole second, but was called out at third when Tom Johnson grounded to shortstop. Chunn struck out the final batter. The Vikings were sat down one- two-three in the bottom of the sixth inning. Howard, though, could not continue scoring in the top of the seventh, as Chunn struck out yet another Wildcats hitter. Cape was down to its last three outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and looking for runs. The Vikings showed some hope as By Dave Frederick If it weren't for bad luck Cape wouldn't have any luck at all. Earning the second seed and home field advan- tage for the first two rounds of the state baseball tournament, the Vikings drew Weirdville, other- w iVa,s.Howard High School. ::''Of daws," said Joe Shockley, father "of lefiy Scott Shockley, when the pairings were an- nounced a week before the game. "Bob Kunz is a pitcher who can beat anybody." It was journalist Hunter Thompson who coined the phrase, "When the going gets weird the weird turn pro." Kunz was major league all the way against Cape, throwing a fastball, curve ball and splitter and i changing speeds effectively keeping a potent .Viking offense off balance all afternoon. "'I never threw a no-hitter before," the rangy right-hander said after the game. "This was easily the best game I ever pitched. 1 never threyhe Shockley struck out, but made it to first base on a passed ball third strike. A Kuhn line drive was snagged at third base and Shock- ley was doubled up at first. Trevor Costello then stepped up looking for a hit, but struck out to end the splitter in a game either, 7and today I struck out three guys with it. I just figured we had nothing to lose. My teammates kept me loose all afternoon. And yesterday I signed a scholarship offer to attend Delaware State. A pretty good couple of days2" Coach Ben Evick choose Andy Chunn to throw for Cape because he knows Chunn is a steely-eyed competitor who plays best under pressure. Chunn responded with a brilliant two-hitter while striking out 10 batters. "Baseball is a game of subtleties and there are  decisions made that don't get noticed that decide games," Evick said. "In the sixth inning they broke through with a walk, sacrifice bunt, infield hit, steal and RBI ground ball single with the infield drawn up that scored two runs. And that was that." The Cape players were disappointed feeling they had a chance to win the entire tournament. | "What can you say? That's baseball," said I Chunn after the game? "We had our rips, we just er made good contact with the ball." [ I game and Cape's season. Overall, Chunn gave up three bits, walked four and struck out 10 Howard batters. Although the season ended on a negative note, many Vikings are still optimistic about the 2004 sea- son. "We had a very successful sea- son and we worked really hard," said sophomore Steve Fabian. "Next season we'll come out and take a top spot in the conference." Jaclde Warren bunts to move a runner in e Vikings 3-0 victory May 28 over De]mar. Lady Vikings Continued from page 102 against an 18-4 team in their ball park. Now we get Caravel. They've won the state tire four years in a row, but I don't think it's about pressure at this stage. We have to play mis- take-free softball." Jackle Warren was given a starting assignment in left field and responded with a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly. Laura Olenderski walked to lead off the sixth inning then stole second as catcher Jen Hastings tried to pick her off fwst base. Olenderski was sacrificed to third on a bunt by Warren and scored on an infield nnbber off the bat of Colby Cooper. Abby Sadler and Amanda Warrington executed two per- fect plays on a pair of steal attempts and rocketed throws from Sadler were caught at the bag as Warrington made the tag on an incoming runner. "I throw better in action than between innings," Sadler said. "In the game there is no time to think. You just make the play!" Cape keeps making plays and the dream stays alive.