By BRIAN CUNNIFF
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The first time the Lower Cape May Regional High School baseball team played Cape May Tech this season, the Tigers suffered a 10-0 loss.
The start of Wednesday’s rematch wasn’t much better for Lower, as the Hawks scored twice in the first inning and had a pitcher, Tanner Oliva, who cruised through the first four innings with little trouble.
Things changed in the fifth. Gabe Salinsky came within a couple feet of a home run, settling for a double after the ball hit the fence in left field, and later scored on an RBI single by Kody Lewis.
The Tigers went on to score single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to squeeze out a 3-2 victory to earn some satisfying revenge.
Salinsky, after giving up those two first-inning runs, kept Tech off the scoreboard for the next four innings. Aidan Lowry then conceded just one hit over two innings to close out the proceedings and was credited with the pitching victory.
Lower (3-7) won the game despite getting just five hits. In the sixth, Hunter Ray stole second and third after a base hit to right and later scored on a passed ball to tie the game. In the seventh, John Roach got a hit and later scored on a dropped third strike for the go-ahead run.
For Tech (4-7), Aidan Hofmann had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the first inning. Ron Neenhold forced in the Hawks’ other run when he was struck by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Joel Sheptock added two hits and a run scored for Cape May Tech.