Delaware State News
The Cape Henlopen High baseball team hasn’t lost a game since April 2.
On Tuesday, it took everything the Vikings had, but they managed to keep that streak alive.
In a contest that featured five lead changes, top-seeded Cape Henlopen High scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge No. 9 Sussex Tech, 11-10, in the DIAA baseball state quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon.
The Henlopen Conference champion Vikings (19-2) will take an 18-game winning streak into Thursday’s state semifinals. Cape Henlopen will face No. 5 St. Mark’s at Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium.
No. 2 Conrad squares off with third-seeded Appoquinimink in the other semifinal.
Cape Henlopen is in the state semifinals for the fourth time since 2015.
Paris Mitchell singled home Austin Rhue with the winning run for the Vikings, who beat the Ravens (14-6) for the second time by one run this season. Cape Henlopen also topped Sussex Tech, 3-2, on April 5 to start their current winning streak.
The Ravens jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first only to have Cape Henlopen answer with a total of seven runs over the next two innings. But Sussex Tech came back with five runs in the top of the third to grab an 8-7 advantage.
The Vikings scored twice in the bottom of the third but the Ravens came back with two runs in the top of the fourth.
Rhue went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Josh Reinhold and Mitchell (3 RBI) both had hits apiece.
For Sussex Tech, Jonathan Stokley was 4-for-5 with two RBI while Dakota Culley had three hits. The Ravens had 14 hits to 12 for Cape Henlopen.
Conrad 11, Delmar 1: The second-seeded Red Wolves scored the game’s first five runs before downing the No. 7 Wildcats in the state quarterfinals.
Conrad (17-3), which has won eight games in a row, advances to face third-seeded Appoquinimink in the state semifinals on Wednesday evening at Frawley Stadium.
The Red Wolves out-hit Delmar, 14-6 in beating their second straight Henlopen Conference opponent. They beat Caesar Rodney in Saturday’s first round of the tournament.
Conrad ended the contest by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-run lead.
The Henlopen South Wildcats, who scored their only run in the fourth, got a pair of hits from Kyler Shepherd. Delmar ends the season with a record of 12-8.