Cape baseball moved to 10-2 on the season with an 11-3 victory over a formidable Smyrna team April 27 at Chris Short Field.
The Vikings started off slow, falling behind 2-0 in the first inning. After that, it was all Cape.
“Josh [Reinhold] was struggling in the first inning, so we went to Ty [Husbands] right away,” said Cape coach Ben Evick. “The plan was to split the game with the two. Ty did a phenomenal job coming in with the bases loaded with one out down 2-0 and got out of the inning allowing no runs. He continued to handle a good hitting team, hitting his spots on both sides of the plate and changing speeds of pitches very well.”
Husbands garnered the win, striking out eight Eagles in 5 2/3 innings.
The Vikings’ offense came alive in the second inning, when Austin Rhue started off the barrage with a single. Timmy Hitchcock hit a single, Reinhold reached base on an error, then Husbands smoked a double down the right-field line to put Cape up 3-2.
In the fourth, senior Hunter Rauch smashed a line drive into center. The Smyrna fielder couldn’t make a diving play, so Rauch sped around the diamond, scoring an inside-the-park homer for three more runs. He finished the game with five RBIs.
The Vikings kept the bats hot, with Rauch driving a double off the wall, followed by a Gage Joseph home run to left center.
Joseph finished with three hits on the day. Rauch delivered with a double, a home run and five RBIs, while Husbands delivered two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
“I was happy with how our guys responded to being behind right away,” Evick said. “They stayed with their approach at the plate and had competitive at bats. We made some mistakes defensively on things we can continue to develop and work on, but our guys are improving each day.”
Mason Drummond and Dwayne Ratcliffe had RBIs for Smyrna.
The Vikings host Delmar Thursday, April 29.