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MD/DE Scout Blog: Dover at Cape Henlopen

Cole Ledger
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On a beautiful Thursday at the beach, #1 Cape Henlopen hosted Dover on the diamond in Lewes. Offense was scarce in this matchup, but the Vikings maintained their undefeated season with a 5-1 victory over the Senators.  

Strong pitching would be the story of this one, as uncommitted junior Jaxon Clampitt got the ball for the Vikings, and sophomore Julian Christman took the mound for the Senators. Both pitchers would have their way with opposing lineups until the third, when Cape would get on the board after a leadoff single from Issac Terhune, and followed it up with two stolen bases. Dover would strike right back as a pair of sophomores brought an offensive spark: a leadoff double from Austin Chambers and an RBI single from Ryan Perkins. Cape would regain the lead quickly with an RBI single from Brady Kosc, making the game 2-1 headed to the fifth. Scoring would once again halt before Cape would add a trio of insurance runs in the sixth, highlighted by an RBI single from Trey Hitchcock, a double from Clampitt, and an RBI single from Terhune. Jacob Smith would once again enter the game in the seventh, striking out the side and slamming the door as Cape would move to 5-0 on the season.


Julian Christman RHP / Dover, DE / 2026

The sophomore got the start for the Senators against the top lineup in the First State and definitely had a respectful outing against Cape. Christman ended up throwing three-plus innings, only allowing one hit and no earned runs, striking out a total of seven batters. Control fluctuated throughout the game; however, it got better as the game went on. Worked out of an early bases-loaded jam in the first; after walking three, Christman struck out three to exit unscathed. He followed that up with a quick and efficient second, inducing weak contact. His best inning was by far the third; after allowing a leadoff single, Christman would strike out the heart of the Cape lineup in order. Fastball consistently sat 83-85 throughout the outing, grabbing an 87 in the first. Flashed a bigger-shaped curveball on occasion, which sat 68-71. He has a strong body at 6-3 and 200-LB, and takes his time on the mound. Slower wind-up with a shorter arm action that has some deception through. His actions on the bump show flashes of his former teammate Hunter Chambers, as we believe Christman is an arm to watch throughout the Henlopen over the next few years.


Austin Chambers / Dover, DE / 2026

The sophomore was one of the bright spots in the Henlopen lineup yesterday, showing some intriguing actions on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Chambers would jumpstart the Senators' offense, ripping a leadoff double into the left-center gap. He works the count in most ABs; however, his lone extra-base hit came first pitch swinging. Battled in the box and showed some intriguing actions as the sophomore class in Dover really started to fill out. Later in the game, Chambers would jump on the mound in relief, allowing two hits and one run in his one inning of work. He wasn't afraid to attack hitters early, consistently in the zone with an FB/CB mix. Fastball worked 80-82, which induced some swing and miss when working the outer half, mixing in the bigger-shaped CB at 66-68. Another sophomore to keep an eye on in Dover as Chambers will be a vital piece to the Senators' success in 2024. 


Ryan Perkins C / Dover, MD / 2026

Perkins rounded out the trio of sophomores who showed up yesterday at the beach. He finished 1-3 with the lone RBI in the game; however, he made hard contact in multiple ABs. In his first at-bat, he attacked a pitch up in the zone and drove it into the left-center gap, to which it was run down. With a runner in scoring position in his second AB, he did his job and worked to a full count before hitting a hard pull-side single through the infield. In his final at-bat, he would once again go pull-side with a hard ground ball to short. One of our standouts at the Delaware Preseason ID, the sophomore, is a physical 6-0, 240-LB catcher who shows consistent strength to the pull side. Finally, behind the dish, Perkins showed off a strong arm multiple times throughout the game but didn't quite have the accuracy to throw out any attempted base stealers. 


Cape Henlopen

Jaxon Clampitt OF / Cape Henlopen, DE / 2025

After showing off an impressive hit tool last week, I got to see the actions on the bump and definitely walked away impressed. The uncommitted junior hurled six strong innings, allowing only three hits and one run and striking out four. Clampitt came out attacking early, pounding the zone with an FB/CB/CH mix. Fastball worked both halves of the zone with ease, sitting 85-87, touching 88 in the first inning. The curveball may have been his most accurate pitch, filling up the zone and getting whiffs in all quadrants at 72-74. Flashed a changeup on occasion at 76-77. At a 6-2 frame, the junior features a low-to-mid 3/4 slot. Clampitt showed off the two-way capability in this one, as the hit tool was equally impressive, ripping a double down the line late in the game. Pull-side tendencies, however, shows the ability to spray to all fields. All in all, Clampitt is another uncommitted junior on this Cape squad that coaches should keep an eye on, as we expect this to be a breakout spring into the summer. 

Isaac Terhune C / Cape Henlopen, DE / 2024

Terhune once again has shown a very impressive hit tool over the course of the past couple of weeks. The uncommitted senior out of the Vikings' leadoff spot added two more hits to his name as his 2024 campaign is off to a hot start. In the third inning, he would be the spark that broke the scoreless tie. He was out in front of the offspeed but made a nice adjustment and poked it opposite field into right for a leadoff single. He would then show some above-average speed, swiping two bases during the next AB. Later in the game, Terhune would add some much-needed insurance with a bolt through the 5-6 hole for an RBI single. Shows the ability to work all fields with strength portrayed to the pull-side. Versatility is shown defensively, as he has taken continuous reps behind the plate, in the middle infield, and even playing occasional corner outfield. A lot to like.

Jacob Smith RHP / Cape Henlopen, DE / 2025

The uncommitted junior once again came in to slam the door for the Vikings in the seventh and was equally impressive as he was last week. This was a slightly longer outing than what I saw last week, however, and he continued to fill up the zone with the ultra-impressive three-pitch mix. 15/23 strikes on the afternoon, striking out the side to end the game. FB was slightly down in velocity, sitting 86-87, grabbing an 88 on the final pitch of the game. Loved to change eye levels, which induced some swing-and-miss at all levels. Flashed two curveballs in the inning at 71-72. Showed more of the disgusting and filthy changeup, sitting 72-75. Worked on the inner half to right-handed hitters and got S/M down below the zone as well. I could go into length about this uncommitted arm, but at an imposing 6-4 frame, don't be surprised if the junior gets the fastball touching the low 90s by the end of the spring.