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Athletes of the Week June 11

June 11, 2021
David Erickson

This big, no-nonsense and confident right-hander is simply known as David. He was the winning pitcher in Cape’s 2018 state championship victory over Caravel. His most unsettled sports moment was being swarmed by Cape students at Frawley Stadium following the game. Last weekend, the Liberty Flames’ season leader in innings pitched appeared in two games versus the Tennessee Vols, recording four total strikeouts and yielding no runs. Erickson is listed on the Flames’ roster as a 6-foot, 195-pound sophomore, but he is three years out of high school and draft eligible. Some clubs may take a shot at David because he is pushing major league talent.  

Mason Fluharty

Mason is a steady-as-he-goes left-handed relief pitcher. He was on the mound when Cape closed out Caravel for the 2018 baseball state championship at Frawley Stadium. Mason is the confident kid who meets moments, which is what happens when you come from a family of brick and block layers, and mortar slappers and cement mixers. Mason, coming out of the pen for Liberty University, pitched three innings, yielding no hits, one walk and six strikeouts as the Flames beat ACC tournament champ Duke twice but also lost twice to Tennessee, the No. 2-ranked team in the country. Mason’s numbers are from two games against the Vols. “It was a great experience and another place baseball has taken us,” said Lynn Fluharty, Mason’s dad. Mason Fluharty is listed as a freshman. 

Jake Gelof

Jake is a freshman dean’s list student at the University of Virginia who made his way into the starting lineup as a first baseman after a shoulder injury sidelined the team’s starter. Energy meets opportunity for Jake, who now owns that bag and a spot in the Cavaliers’ batting order. “Jake plays happy” is the best way to describe his zest for baseball, and he gets his rips and doesn’t get cheated on any of his at bats. In the first two games of the NCAA regionals, he was a combined 4-for-7 with two home runs and was a crucial cog in the Wahoo wheels that rolled to four straight wins, a regional championship and a date in the Super Regional versus Dallas Baptist. Jake was selected to the Regional All-Tournament team.

Zack Gelof

“Zackzilla” is a stand-and-deliver athlete no matter what the sport. He is what Richie Ashburn called a “Spaulding guide” baseball player. Zack resides in the zone where gross motor athleticism and athletic intelligence meet attention to detail. The kid can play baseball, and he showed off in the regional last week for Virginia, which came from the losers’ bracket to win four straight games, including a pair of money-game wins over top-seeded Old Dominion. Zack and brother Jake each hit home runs in a 4-3 loss to South Carolina, but came back with a combined 7-for-9, including a Jake home run in a 13-8 win over Jacksonville. Both Zack and Jake were named to the All-Region team. UVA plays Dallas Baptist in Columbia, S.C., in the Super Regional best of three beginning Saturday, June 12. 

Brock Hilligoss

A lefty out of Milford High on the Salisbury University pitching staff, the man with three grandfathers – Scott Hilligoss, Dr. Richard Crabb, and lefty Johnny Morris – got to hoist the NCAA Division III national championship trophy after the Seagulls eliminated the Tommies of St. Thomas University in straight games 6-1, 4-2. The Gulls were 9-0 in NCAA tournament play, bringing home the school’s first national championship of baseball. Brock appeared in four tournament games with six strikeouts. His nickname is Deputy Mayor after his dad Mike. Mike returned a fumble at Sussex Central on the last play of his Cape football career in 1985 to ice a victory, and Coach Fredman wrote, “Hilligoss returned a fumble for a touchdown to put the game out of reach and wants to grow up to be mayor of Broadkill Beach.” Brock’s older brother Dylan is working on his master’s in astrophysics at the University of Delaware.

 

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