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_, Cape Gazette TUESDAY, JULY 29 - THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014 23 Each game won with seventh- inning hits By Dan Cook dlcook The District 2 Newark Na- tional team battled out of the losers' bracket to take two games from the Cape All-Stars 8-6 and 13-8 to claim the Delaware state championship and will represent Delaware at the regional tourna- ment next week. Newark had defeated District 1 Dover 8-2 to set up the July 27 matchup for the championship. Cape had to just win one game to take home the state champion- ship banner. In the first game, the Cape squad was led by Jason Xiong, who went 2-for-4 and batted in two runs. Austin Elliott and Dave Erickson went 2-for-4 and each knocked in a run. Connor Thompson and Ben Ashby each Cape centerfielder Ben Ashby makes a diving attempt in the 13-8 loss to the Newark National team in the second game of the state championship. drove in a run. Luke Mulcahy went 2-for-4 from the plate and Zack Gelof hit two sacrifices. "We had enough hits," said Cape manager Don Erickson. "We just committed too many costly errors." The Cape team had five errors in the game. Gelof started on the mound and had four strikeouts with Thompson pitching in relief with two Ks. The second game found the Cape team's bats staying hot with Gelof slamming a triple and two singles and driving in three runs. Elliott slugged two doubles and drove in two. Erickson, Xiong and Ashby each drove in one Cape run. "Our bats were hot, but errors [four] hurt us again," said Erick- son. "I'm extremely happy with our hitting, especially off their good pitchers. Newark is a good hitting team, and they drove their hits into the gaps." Each game was won with hits in the seventh inning. Jackson Ostroski, Mulcahy, Reese White and Rick Townsend teamed for four strikeouts for Cape from the mound. CAPE'S AUSTIN DAN COOK PHOTOS ELLIOTT gets some major air to grab an errant throw. S ayers or win ighway to the Danger Zone - The final night of girls' summer league basketball July 25 at Caesar Rodney saw Cape versus Lake Forest at 6 p.m. playing a pair of 20-minute halves. The survivor would play Caesar Rodney at 7. Cape had eight players in uniform - one was on a school trip and one injured - and only six played, which meant two made the trip only to watch, but at least it was a meaningless summer league game. Cape lost 39-38, which was the best thing that happened as Madi Smith, the best player in the program, who missed all last year rehab- bing after knee surgery, was on the bench with tears in her eyes and an ice pack on her knee brace. But at least there were no trainers in the house. Alison Palmer, who plays volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and dances (and is a great track athlete) got knocked down and around, her headband flying off, on a drive to the basket. And there were three officials not calling much of anything. Cape was 7-13 last season; Lake was 15-5. It was hard to tell which direction ei- ther team was heading. Players on the court were Smith, Abby E'Nama, Anshe Boyer, Alison Palmer, Sydney Pederson and Paige Mohr. No IV players from last year - there were only five on the roster- saw the court, and Pederson is the only incom- ing freshman from two middle schools. Remember Beacon was undefeated and looked like a turnaround team, as in turn around and go play something else. I hate to be harsh, but my job behind the camera is to focus on what I see. Lax to relax - On the last Thursday night of Lewes Lax, coach P.] Kesmodel, with 11 state championships in Mary- land and Delaware, and more showtime Division I players than any other coach in the country, was on the Champions Stadium pitch coaching a seven- on-seven half-field scrimmage featuring high school kids from four different schools. The older girls came on at 7. p.m and played for another hour. Stand next to the Zen Master and you'll hear "She's really good" and "She really needs to work on her left," but it's an ongoing coach-and-evaluation approach. The summer lax season that followed the spring season is now over, as young athletes get ready for whatever they play in the fall. All about pitching - Little League tournaments are de- signed to move along quickly, and there are pitch count rules and innings per week and days off between lots of innings. The bottom line: you need lots of pitchers, and better have two good catchers in case both of them are pitchers too. The Cape Junior League baseball team, DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS with many players coming off an undefeated Beacon team, has an array of good baseball players that will carry Cape into contention for championships over the next several years as the talent goes down to the 10-year-old group. But you need shutdown pitchers - at least two - and a closer. The Cape Junior League All-Stars were elimi- nated in a Sunday doubleheader with Newark 8-6 and 13-8 be- Continued on page 25 Zoey Scott as a Caesar Rodney Rider. ABBY E'NAMA takes it to the rack hoping not to get hacked.