Cape softball finished its season May 10 and honored its two seniors by scoring eight and holding the Blue Jays to just two runs in the defeat of Seaford.
Seaford got on the board first on an error by the Vikings, but then it was all Cape, as the Vikings put up two in the bottom of the first, two in the second and three in the third, then coasted to the 8-2 victory.
Senior pitcher Savannah Reed finished her high school career by going the distance, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out nine and walking one.
Kaniah James went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Kelsey Huling knocked in a run while going 2-for-4 with a double. Gianna Vayda slammed a triple and knocked in a run. Haley Biddinger, Reed and Chloe Fluharty each knocked in a run. Bella Conte moved up runners in scoring position with a sac bunt.
“I think we really came together as a team for our last game,” said Fluharty. “We did what we knew we needed to do to get the job done. Senior season went by so fast, and it still has not kicked in that it’s actually over.”
“It was a great game for Chloe and me to finish up our Cape career,” said Reed.
The Vikings fell 6-3 to a strong Appoquinimink team May 9 at home.
The game was tied going into the seventh inning, when the Jags put three runs on the board and held Cape scoreless in the bottom of the inning to sneak out of town with the victory.
The highlight of the game was the home run by freshman Gracie Whisenhunt in the second inning. It was the first dinger of her softball career.
Garnering other hits for the Lady Vikings were Vayda, Huling, Marissa Frederick and Carlin Quinn.
Frederick went the distance, striking out four Jags while allowing eight hits.
“We finished out strong playing a great game against Appo and beating Seaford,” Quinn said. “I’m glad we got to finish the season with a win. It’s good to send the seniors off knowing they won their final home game.”
“Seaford was a great last game for us,”Vayda said. “We played our best and ended up with a win to end our season. Games where we put the ball in play and our defense executes are my kind of games. Even though our season has come to an end, I’m excited to see what next year will bring.”
“The win against Seaford was a great way to end the season,” said cape coach Shannon Timmons. “Despite not having the record we anticipated and not making the state tournament, we have found small victories along the way to celebrate as a team. We played tough games and beat some good opponents like Sussex Central and Red Lion. We have had freshmen fill important roles for us. Gracie Whisenhunt hit her first home run ever in our game against No. 2 Appoquinimink. Sophomores Haley Biddinger, Sydney Doel and Marissa Frederick all saw more playing time this season, and we added transfers Carlin Quinn and Bella Conte who assimilated into our already strong junior class.
“Seniors Chloe Fluharty and Savannah Reed will be missed, and we greatly appreciate all they have done for our program. Savannah Reed threw a perfect game against Archmere as the highlight of her season. We will continue to develop and grow this program as I conclude just my third year at the helm. What I am most proud of is our ability to persevere and get better every day. This team has also learned to reach out to the community, as we have become involved with the Lewes Little League softball program and support the younger generation of Cape softball. We would like to thank everyone who supports Cape softball through fundraising, attending games, field maintenance, etc.”
Cape finishes the season at 7-11.