Hudson McFadyen, CFNN Editor/Reporter

The Cape Fear Baseball team did not put the brakes on for their opening game of the season. They beat the Pine Forest Trojans 11-1 on Thursday night at Pine Forest. 

Coach Jarrod Britt’s second season started off with a bang, and he doesn’t plan on stopping. “We played a complete team game against Pine Forest… Our defense didn’t make any errors. Our lineup made consistent, hard contact from top to bottom all night. I think we made a statement with the win.”

Pine Forest’s lone run came in the first inning from a walk scored by a double, but it was all Cape fear after that. Senior trio Ethan Ashlock, Cole Sutton, and Aaron Smith all had 2 hits at the plate, invigorating the team’s lineup.

Even pitcher-only Kyle Molivas was able to rip one to the outfield, earning him a base hit and an RBI. 

All of these solid base hits led to an outstanding at-bat from junior Isaiah “Biz” Ortiz, where he hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning, setting the score at 4-1 and hyping the Colts up for a 7-run 4th inning. 

After the first inning, Senior and ace pitcher Kyle Molivas shut out the trojans, and in a hard way. Molivas’ stats for the night in 5 innings pitched were 9 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 1 hit. 

“It felt surreal,” said Molivas. He has recovered from a dangerous injury to his throwing elbow since last year, and was ready to get back out on the clay. 

Molivas is totally aware of the situation he is in with not just his arm, but COVID-19 as well. The team and many other spring sports teams had their season stolen from them last year when the virus began to spread rapidly. 

When asked about how he felt being back on the mound, Molivas said, “I missed it and I wanted to enjoy every moment because what happened last year could happen at any moment this year.”

It is surely exciting to see what the boys have in store for us as the season goes on. Be sure to go out to a few games this season.

Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks and watch the Colts play for their first home game Friday, April 30th at 7 PM.