Varsity Baseball Spotlight

Varsity Baseball Spotlight

This past week the Dolphins had 2 tough games against Isle of Wight Academy and the Steward School. On Tuesday, the Isle of Wight Chargers traveled to face the Dolphins. The Dolphins fell for just a second time this season after the late rally wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. Isle of Wight struck early, scoring 9 runs in the first 4 innings; Cape Henry held Isle of Wight scoreless in the last 3 innings with tremendous pitching by Trent Jones, Kyle Edwards, and Aiden Kuhle. The Dolphins scored 4 runs late with help at the plate by Bryce Jones and Kyle Edwards.

On Friday, the Steward Spartans traveled to Cape Henry for a tough game that turned into a late-inning thriller. Aiden Kuhle pitched a complete game, striking out 10 over 8 innings and only allowing 3 runs. The Dolphins took an early 3-0 later with help by Kyle Edwards, Bryce Jones, Aiden Kuhle, Trent Jones, and Kenny Schaedel. The Spartans battled back to score 3 runs in the final 2 innings. Rush Friedberg made a spectacular diving play at first base to keep the game close and make the game go into extra innings. In the top of the 7th inning, the Spartans rallied to get bases loaded and a tie ballgame with 3-3. Aiden Kuhle battled to strike out the batter to keep the game tied. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Rush Friedberg came to the plate with Kenny Schaedel in scoring position on second base. In a tie game with an 0-2 count and 2 outs, Rush came up clutch and drilled a single past the second baseman to right field. Kenny rounded third base heading towards home and avoided the tag by the catcher to score on a walk off.

Throughout the season, the coaches, Tim Hummel and Tyler Faubert, have stayed optimistic and pushed the team to work harder. The Coaches always push the team to play every game like it’s the last one they’ll ever play.

The baseball team lost 6 seniors last year: Aaron Torres, Matt Ballance, Jacob Colbus, Ben Casey, Michael White, and Grayson Pearce. The team has overcome predictions after beating St. Christopher’s and Richmond Collegiate behind great leadership by seniors Aiden Kuhle and Alex Gianascoli.

Senior captain Aiden Kuhle commented about this year’s team saying, “We are a very young team but look promising. We have had some big wins this year and guys are stepping up making big plays. We keep shocking people with big wins and have a good shot at a state championship.” There are five upperclassmen on the entire baseball team and three starting freshmen. The Cape Henry baseball team looks to have a bright future. Although there is a variety of ages across the baseball team, there is still great team chemistry. Team practices consist of working hard, but also joking around and having fun together.

The TCIS Conference Tournament begins May 7th and the Dolphins are currently ranked 2nd in the conference behind Greenbrier Christian Academy. Next week the (10-3) Dolphins have their most important week yet playing Norfolk Academy on Tuesday, April 23 at Cape Henry at 4:30 pm. On Thursday, April 25, Nansemond Suffolk Academy travels to Cape Henry for the Dolphin’s senior night at 4:30 pm.