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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 1 - August 7, 1997 - 81 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Lewes Major League girls win District 111 title Bulldogs tagged twice by Lewes; locals advance to regionals By Dave Frederick The Lewes comeback Tuesday night went through more heroes than Cassapula's on a Friday night. The 11-12 major league all- stars were fighting back through the losers' bracket and had to tag the burly Bulldogs of Laurel twice to win the District Three Champi- onship and advance to the Eastern Regionals. The girls had snatched certain defeat from the Bulldogs' jaws Monday night when Clare Nowakowski used her Seashore Strider speed to steal home with the tying run. Later in the bottom of the fifth the apparent winning run for Laurel was disallowed on an appeal play when it was ruled the Laurel runner didn't step on the dog dish. (Home plate.) With pitcher Casey Cashdollar on second base in the top of the sixth, surrounding heat lightning motivated the umpire to postpone the game and look for an alternate route out of town. The girls had escaped Laurel with a tie (never happened at Graves) and returned to home turf to settle the score the next night. "Yes I was nervous all day," said Casey Cashdollar who went back to second base Tuesday night as play resumed in the top of the sixth inning. Cashdollar went to third on a Little League "wild pitch-passed ball-steal" and scored when feisty third baseman Amy Levy knocked a grounder to the left side of the infield. Lewes led 9-8. Laurel advanced a runner to third in the bottom of the inning. Amy Levy prevented disaster when she snagged a screaming lin- er ticketing her for the orthodon- tist chair and then Cashdollar "slow-pitched" a called third strike past a frozen Bulldog to send Lewes to the championship game with a 9-8 victory. "I think Laurel became a little demoral- ized," said Lewes Coach Joe D'Amico. Lewes won game two 12-9 but was "hanging on" in the bottom of the sixth when three Laurel runs scored. The bases were loaded with Bulldogs and the tying run was at the plate. Annie Bennett, who came on in relief in the bot- tom of the second inning, struck out the final batter to secure the championship for Lewes. "I could feel the pressure at the end," Bennett said. "I walked three people." "I was so scared that last inning," said second baseman Jor- dan Lorah who had two hits in the game. "I thought, 'oh my gosh', we're going to lose.'" Laurel pitcher Jody Givens who used her slow delivery to send Lewes into the losers' bracket ear- lier in the tournament was staked to a 5-2 lead after three innings and seemed to be in control of the Lewes line-up. "Sure I was con- cerned," said Lewes Manager Charles Smith. "Didn't you see me in the middle of the dugout pout- ing?" Lewes shortstop Erin Williams prevented real disaster in the bot- tom of the second inning when she "picked" a buzzing grounder from the infield dirt and fired to catcher Amanda Warrington who "dug out" a low throw for the force at home. "I don't remember much about that play," Erin said. '"Fhere were so many big moments in the game." The turnaround in the champi- onship game came in the top of the fourth inning when Lewes, trailing 5-2, threw caution to the ocean breezes and started running the bases with reckless abandon, going against the book and taking risk. "It was definitely a planned thing,"said Joe D'Amico. "We needed to get Laurel to throw the ball around." Casey Cashdollar walked and stole her way to third, barely avoiding the tag, twice. Amy Levy followed with a walk and kept going to second. Laurel took the bait and started to throw the ball around. Both walked runners scored and the lead was trimmed to 5-4. Jordan Lorah followed with a double and stole third. A walk and a bobble then loaded the bases. An Amanda Warrington dropped fly to left scored run num- ber five. After a force out at home, a Donna Brink walk made the score 6-5. Amanda Warrington Continued on page 82 Angle Moon photo Lewes turned the championship game around with aggres- sive running. Here Gina D'Amico beats the throw to third. George Glenn resigns as Cape's head football coach By Dave Frederick Coach George Glenn has coached football in the dog days of August and into the fall for 28 straight years. He appeared head- ed for number 29 until last Wednesday night when he dropped some bad news on 25 ath- letes who had just finished 90 minutes of weight training. "I have resigned as the football coach of Cape Henlopen High School," Glenn told the young men who sat on the ground and stared at their feet. 'q'he reason is not important. What is important is what you do from this point forward GLENN to get ready Continued on page 82 The good news: Mamula was intoxicate BOB PETERS HERE?- The late Vinnie McGrath,a former catcher who helped coach baseball at Cape, used to tell this joke. "A man sticks his head though the door of a barbershop on a Satur- day morning. 'Bob Peters here? No, says the barber. Just haircuts and shaves.'" The WIP radio phone lines are ringing off the hook with fans commenting on the accusation that Eagles defensive end Mike Mamula exposed him- self to a woman bouncer in an Allentown bar. (Take it Billy Joel: "I'm living here in Allentown. Where Mamula sang, 'Hey girl, look down.'") The reporting offi- cer in the case, Mark "Don't Call Me Bob" Peters tracked down Mumula on the street where Peters reported ("Hey Chief! Pull out the Peters report." Sorry.) Mamula as being intoxicated but cooperative. And that's good news because you hate to think somebody stone cold sober could behave that way. The irony is that the tailgating drunks will be bashing Mamula unmerci- PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick fully ("Hey Mamula! I got your bull rush, pal!) unless he apolo- gizes to the woman and his team- mates (no snickering in that locker room) or increases his sack to hur- ries ratio. Dallas fans remember Lance Rentzel, who actually had a psychological problem, and that fans and defensive backs basically cheap shotted Lance out of the league and back to the Serta Per- fect Sleeper with his wife Joey Heatherton. Note: I saw two men playing smash ball on the hot sands of Rehoboth (take that you brute!) wearing little black Speedos and I personally found it offensive. I hate smashball! PROUD PARENTS- I have paid my dues as a little league par- ent, easily 15 years at the park five nights a week, and even served as a vice-president at some level years ago. And I've written more stories and pumped more athletes than any journalist I know just by virtue of becoming an old guy. I approach a minor league story with the same enthusiam that I do a college football game.(OK, so we're talking Wesley.) But I have never been so confused and over- whelmed with teams as I've been this year. The major leagues have been splitting faster that atoms in a super collider. Major leagues 11- 12 have become regular majors 11-12, 9-10 majors and 9-10 minors. What happens to those few kids that don't make any of these teams? Must be tough on the self concept. And the same prolif- eration has occurred in softball. And most of these teams from Lewes, Rehoboth and Milton had great tournament runs. When I get a letter signed "A Proud Parent," what that usually means is, "Hey Bozo Sports Editor, Why not ease up writing about your silly red- neck friends riding lawn tractors through the Great Marsh and come write about our kids." And the point is well taken. All leagues need to appoint a publicity director who faxes data to the local press. Any redneck will tell you that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. But how much publicity does a nine year old really need? The first time my name hit the papers it was the Philadelphia Inquirer and the charge was 300 burglaries over two years. It was my name but it wasn't me. I just had a tough time convincing my proud parents. "I'm not 37 morn! Get it? TASK FORCE REVISITED- I served on the Cape Henlopen Athletic Task Force in 1992-1993 as a parent representing the town of Lewes. Butch Archer had formed the Task Force after the year '91-'92 which was the worst ever (wins and losses) for high school sports teams. The boys in particular were dismal if not abysmal. Generally it was agreed upon that it was OK to say "win- ning is important" out loud and that winning programs required team efforts and involvement from the school board down through the adminstration, teachers and coach- es and interested community members. It was felt that a system of checks and balances needed to be in place or disinterested or ath- letically clueless individuals in power might make decisions which were, for lack of a better term, bad. I admit to getting a little antsy over the last two years about the direction of certain programs and key personnel that have been Continued on page 82