The Hawks managed only two hits off the Central tandem of Brad LaBruyere, the winning pitcher, and reliever Jake Welch.
"We didn't hit the ball well," said Kelly interim coach Cory Johnson, "but I was more disappointed with our attitude today. I thought we just came out a little lackadaisical and didn't seem excited to be playing. That's not an attitude to have when you come in and play a school like Cape Central which is known for a good baseball program."
Johnson, the Kelly High School athletics director, is filling in for head baseball coach John Gant, who was recently called to active duty with his National Guard unit.
Cape Central (5-8-1) struck first with two first-inning runs, then added two in the second and four in the third to forge an 8-0 lead.
Kelly (4-4, 1-3 in the conference) finally lit the scoreboard with two runs in the fifth.
Hawk third baseman Blake Lee reached safely on a Tiger error. Then Caleb Daughtee singled sharply up the middle to break up the no-hit bid. The ball rolled through the Tiger outfielder's legs for a two-base error allowing Lee to score and Daughtee to advance to third base. Kendal Deason's groundout plated Daughtee with the second run.
The Hawks' other hit was a bloop infield single off the bat of Kent Deason, also in the fifth inning.
The Tigers countered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out the scoring.
Kendal Deason (1-2) took the loss, exiting after 2 2/3 innings with the Hawks' trailing 8-0. Danny Wilson went 3 1/3 innings in relief.
LaBruyere, the Central starter, improved to 2-0 on the season. Cape rapped 16 hits, led by Matt Hesler's 4-for-4 day. Zac Hudson added three hits in three trips.
Said Johnson, "I think we're a better team than we showed today. They got out on us early, we put our heads down a little bit and just couldn't recover from it."
Kelly hosts Notre Dame today at 4 p.m.
"It doesn't get any easier for us," added Johnson. "Notre Dame will do the same thing to us if we don't come out with a little more enthusiasm."
ORAN -- The Oran Eagles improved to 9-2 with a 10-7 win over Advance on Wednesday.
Oran jumped out quickly with a four-run first inning and led 5-2 after four.
The Hornets stung district opponent Oran for five in the top of the fifth frame to capture a 7-5 advantage. But the Eagles came roaring back with five of their own in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead at 10-7.
In the Oran fifth, Brent Graviett doubled home Paul Bucher, who had singled, to close the gap to 7-6. Chase Seyer's single scored Dustin Eftink with the tying run. Chase Seyer later crossed the plate with what proved to be the game-winning run off an Advance miscue.
Seyer, just a freshman, also picked up his second win against no losses when he relieved and quieted the Hornet uprising in the fifth. He retired six of the eight batters he faced via the strikeout.
Trevor Irwin, Joey Williams, Paul Bucher and Matt Seyer led the Oran attack with two hits apiece. Irwin and Williams each drove home two runs.
Oran meets Dexter in the Chaffee Tournament on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
ORAN -- The Lady Eagles (5-3) managed but one hit in an 8-4 loss to Advance on Wednesday.
Wendy Eftink stroked Oran's lone hit and drove home two runs.
Jami Pobst suffered her first loss to go with four wins.