The Cape softball team matched the defending state champions from Sussex Tech for 10 innings before falling 6-5 in the 11th at home April 9.
The loss dropped the Vikings to 0-2 early this season. It was the second straight game when the girls came from behind to threaten one of the state's top softball teams. On March 28, Cape plated seven runs in the seventh inning, but fell just short 13-11 to Milford.
“This time last year this probably would've qualified as a moral victory,” said coach Jeff Evans. “I told the girls not to be disappointed. We've got some things to clean up, but they can't be satisfied.”
Trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning, the Vikings loaded the bases on three straight singles. Junior Alexis Burger cut the deficit in half with a two-run single, which was followed by another two-run single from junior Stacey King.
The Ravens retook the lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Cape knotted the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh on a passed ball. After two scoreless innings, the international tiebreaker rule went into effect in the 10th, meaning a runner is put on second base at the start of each inning.
After a scoreless 10th, the Ravens broke the tie with solid fundamental softball. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third base, and the next batter knocked a deep fly to center for an easy sacrifice fly RBI.
Cape moved a runner over to third in the bottom half, but consecutive line-drive outs ended the game.
While both losses this season have been difficult, Evans said, his team is primed to make a run.
“We have a different moral fiber than we did last year,” he said. “We're more positive, more upbeat and more together. We probably wouldn't have rallied in either game last year.”
Cape's game against Red Lion Christian Academy set for April 13 has been postponed. The Vikings will look to get some wins when they host Dover at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, before traveling to Delmar Thursday, April 18.