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30 - CAPE GAZETrE - Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, July 27, 2006 Seaford shuts down Cape girls for District 111 title By Shawn Skipper Special to the Cape Gazette Though it kept the score far closer than in its previous meeting with Seaford, the result came back much the same for the Cape Senior League girls Friday, July 21. It was the two team's second meeting in three days, and this time Cape had to win to stay alive and force a do or die champi- onship game. That wouldn't be the case, however, as Heather Draper and the girls of Seaford once again prevailed, blanking Cape, 4-0. Draper proved to be the differ- ence once again. After tossing a five inning no-hitter in the team's first meeting just two days earlier, she returned to the mound and held Cape to only three hits over seven .innings while striking out 10. "It's no disgrace," Cape man- ager Ed Gill said of his team's performance against Draper. "She pitched two excellent games against us. We had a total of three hits in two games. I think the girls on this Cape team are pretty good hitters and she just overpowered them." It was Jakaih Daniels that broke the ice for Cape with a Single in the second inning. Though she was eventually stranded on the base paths, it marked the first hit that they'd managed against Draper. They'd get two more in the fifth, with singles from Corey Galbreath and Natalie Dewitt. Cape's Sadie Jones helped keep her team in the game, matching her opponent pitch for pitch until the late in the game. The left-han- der went six innings, striking out nine and coughing up seven hits. Jones' pitching and an improved performance from the defense, which had undergone a few adjustments since Wednesday, kept the game clean. Gone were the errors that helped contribute to the 14-0 meltdown that had hap- pened just days earlier. Cape dodged a scare in the bot- tom of the fifth thanks to the arm of Alexa Colegrove. With two outs and a runner on second, Seaford's Jenna Adkins singled into right and her teammate Jessica Gundry rounded third and headed for the plate. But right fielder Colegrove was ready, com- ing up and firing a strike to home plate to nail the runner and keep the game knotted at 0-0. It wouldn't be long before Seaford fired up the offense again. They seemed to finally figure Jones out in the sixth. After Karl Bergh led off the inning with the single, Danielle Haldeman drilled a pitch deep into the right center field gap. Bergh scored with ease, and Haldeman managed to scam- per all the way around and beat the relay to the plate for an inside the park home run. Seaford then managed to load the bases with two down, and .Amanda Swift came through in the clutch, bringing two more runs in with a single before Jones man- aged to strike out Kelsey Riggleman and escape the inning. "I think we did really well, but they just hit the ball in places we Dan Cook photo Cape second baseman Corey Galbreath fails to get the throw in time to tag out a Seaford player stealing second base. weren't," Cape's DeWitt said. "I thought we did a really good job of keeping our heads up." Cape trailed 4-0 with three outs left to work with. They'd go quiet- ly in that last inning, and Seaford would walk away with the title. Despite the loss, Cape's manag- er was happy with his team's drive. "The team put forth a good effort," Gill said. "They worked really hard for about a month to get ready for this. I'm really proud of the effort they put in." Cape only forced a rematch with .Seaforcl after defeating Lower Sussex in an elimination game on Thursday night. Big nights at the plate from DeWitt, Daniels and Jessica Dmiterchik fueled an offensive explosion, and Cape topped Lower Sussex by a score of 16-3. The victory sent ,,them back up against Seaford, 'whom they would have had to defeat twice in a row to take the district title. While Friday's loss does end Cape's season, Seaford will live to play on. They will be skipping the normally customary state and regional tournaments, however, to represent District III in the upcoming Senior League World Series. They'll be there with teams from the United States and around the world when play begins on Sunday, Aug. 6. Dan Cook photos Legion teams begin tournament play Above, Steevers' second baseman Billy Cunningham throws to first to finish off a double play in the 3-2 loss to the American Legion Post 28 team. The Steevers came hack to win the second game of the doubleheader 11-1. The playoffs begin this week for the American Legion teams. In the first game, Sean Tappan, right, pitched a complete game in the 3-2 10ss while the sec- ond game featured a complete game by Cape graduate Steve Peet. Former Sussex Central player Scott Aiken went 3-for-4 with a home run in the second game for the Steevers (Post 8) while Ray Jackson hit a solo home run.