Sussex County Delaware
Cape's Dream
Season Over
2001 State Softball ...

Vikings Eliminated in
State Tourney Semis

Cape Henlopen High School suffered its first loss of the season and was eliminated in the 2001 Delaware State Softball Tournament in a 5-2 semifinal loss to St. Mark's on Wednesday, May 30, 2001.

The Vikings had gone 20-0 in reaching the semis but five errors sealed their fate against the sixth-seeded Spartans.

Seeded second, Cape had its sights set on the program's first state championship berth.

St. Mark's, meanwhile, rose to 15-6 and advanced to Saturday's championship game against two-time defending champion and top-seeded Caravel Academy, which edged No. 4 Padua 3-2 in 10 innings in Wednesday's other semifinal.

If not for the errors, the Vikings may well have achieved their championship goals. Cape out-hit St. Mark's 7-3, but fell behind 5-1 in the fifth inning.

In the first inning, a walk and two throwing errors gave St. Mark's its first run and another throwing error in the fifth increased St. Mark's lead from 3-1 to 5-1.

Cape scored its first run in the third inning when Andrea Carey tripled and scored on a single by Maren Ford. That cut the Spartans' lead to 2-1.

Then, after falling behind 5-1, the Vikings scored their second run on a sacrifice fly by Jenna Pavlik that scored Amanda Warrington.

Cape had other chances to move closer but couldn't advance runners.

The loss ended the career of standout Cape pitcher Maggie Lingo. Lingo gave up only three singles and struck out two batters.

Following are details of each Sussex County team's tournament games.

Quarterfinal Games
Cape Henlopen 5, Milford 0

The Vikings, behind senior pitcher Maggie Lingo, rolled into the state tournament semifinals.

Lingo allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out three for coach Bill Cordrey. She had a no-hitter until Milford's Beth White singled in the fifth inning.

The Vikings took a 3-0 lead in the third inning as Maren Ford and Katie Couchman singled. A fielder's choice by Amanda Warrington put runners on first and third with two outs to set up a two-run single by Jen Carter. Carter eventually scored on an error.

Cape scored its last two runs in the fourth inning when Jen Mickel and Brittany Morris scored on a two-run single by Warrington.

For Milford, whose season ended at 15-5, White singled twice with Nancy Fry collecting the other single. The Bucs had runners on second and third with two out in the seventh but Lingo got a groundout to end the game.

Padua 1, Indian River 0

The fifth-seeded Indians lost a heart-breaker when Padua's Laura Taylor belted a home run off senior pitching phenom Cara Deldeo in the top of the seventh inning.

Deldeo struck out 11 Padua batters and was in complete control of the Pandas until the fateful pitch that Taylor knocked out of the park -- Padua's only hit of the game and the only home run Deldeo has given up in her four-year career.

The Indians, meanwhile, could manage only a fourth inning single by Natalie Parsons off Padua pitcher Gina Madaline. Madaline struck out four with no walks.

Combined, Deldeo and Madaline allowed only six baserunners in the game, none of who advanced past second base until Taylor's homer.

It was a tough way for the Indians to end their season. After overcoming a 5-5 start, they won the Henlopen Conference Southern Division title and defeated Padua 8-0 during the regular season.

The loss also marked the end of Deldeo's career, one that will go down as one of the best in the history of the state. A four-time all-stater, she pitched the Indians to a state championship win over St. Mark's as a freshman in 1998.

Caravel 1, Delmar 0

The eighth-seeded Wildcats gave Caravel all it wanted and more in a titanic nine-inning struggle that didn't end until Caravel put together a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a run-scoring single.

The loss was hard on the Wildcats and freshman pitcher Ashley Dryden, who surrendered only five hits and two walks in a complete-game effort.

Caravel's winning rally started with a walk to Erin McGlynn. She reached second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Nancy Tokar.

The Wildcats had three chances to beat Caravel in the quarterfinals. Catcher Jen Hastings, who reached base three times on a walk and two singles, was stranded at third base in the second inning and at second base in both the seventh and ninth innings.

Delmar finished the 2001 season with a 13-6 record. Coach Jeanne Foxwell expects big things next season as the Wildcats lose only three seniors in Erin Budd, katie Ditmer and Kristin Nichols.

First Round Games
Cape Henlopen 10, Archmere 0

The Vikings easily won their first round game to rise to 19-0.

Maggie Lingo and Colby Cooper combined for a two-hit shutout with Lingo posting 9 strikeouts over five innings and Cooper finishing up the last two innings.

Maren Ford led the Vikings at the plate with a triple and three runs scored. Jen Mickel went 2-for-4 with a double, Amanda Warrington contributed two RBI, and Jen Pavlik scored twice.

Indian River 10, Sussex Central 0

The fifth-seeded Indians exploded offensively to back Cara Deldeo's usual standout pitching performance in the win over their district rivals.

Deldeo threw a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts to move IR into the quarterfinals against Padua. The Indians beat Padua 8-1 during the regular season.

Against Sussex Central, the Indians were led at the plate by Deldeo, who went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in. Shortstop Brandy Ash was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Reserves Lindsey Warrington and Brittany Croll also chipped in with a single and a run scored and a triple, walk, RBI and run scored, respectively.

Natalie Parsons gave IR a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single in the second inning. The Indians then broke the game open with seven runs in the third inning on four singles and three Knight errors.

Delmar 1, William Penn 0

The eighth-seeded Wildcats got the lone run they needed when Tracy Lloyd scored on an infield single by Jen Hastings in the fourth inning.

Freshman pitcher Ashley Dryden made the run stand up by allowing the Colonials only two hits. She walked two and struck out three.

In the fourth inning, Lloyd started the 13-5 Wildcats off with a single. She stole second and reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Baker before scoring on Hastings' single to deep short.

Outfielders Danielle Twilley and Crystal Nibblett also played major roles in the win with big catches.

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