Delaware South advances to Carpenter Cup semifinals

 

PHILADELPHIA — The Carpenter Cup hasn’t been all that kind to Delaware South for about a decade.

That has all changed for this year’s version of the squad. These players are headed for Citizens Bank Park.

Delaware South rolled through Inter-AC (Pa.) for a 12-7 victory in the Carpenter Cup quarterfinals on Monday afternoon at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in Philadelphia. The day was highlighted by a six-run top of the third which staked Delaware South to its large lead.

Delaware South will meet a familiar foe in the semifinals of the tournament which features teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. It will be Delaware South vs. Delaware North on Friday at 1p.m.

Both the semifinals and finals are hosted at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Delaware South has never played at Citizens Bank Park.

“It’s absolutely crazy,” said Will Kimmel of Milford. “You never expect to play on a Big League field at this age. Now that you’re able to, it’s just a very humbling experience.”

Delaware South has won this tournament once in the past, but it was 2000 when the final two rounds were played at Veterans Stadium. Before last year, Delaware South had a streak of 10-straight years where it fell in the opening round.

Delaware South led wire-to-wire on Monday as every player in the starting lineup either reached base once or drove in at least one run. The game was called due to rain with one out remaining in the bottom of the ninth and declared an official game.

Kimmel and Abraham Mow, two recently graduated seniors from Milford, each scored a pair of runs and got two hits. Mow doubled in the six-run third while Kimmel drove in a run.

Gabe Wescott of Woodbridge also had a RBI-single in the second inning and scored in the third. Luke Oliphant of Sussex Tech drove in a run, scored once and stole three bases. His Sussex Tech teammate, Brayden Graham tripled in the third and eventually came around to score.

Aidan Riley of St. Georges delivered the big blow with a two-run double in the third inning. Riley also singled in the top of the first and scored on a double by Newark Charter’s Kevin Buglio.

The offensive outburst came after Delaware South only recorded five hits in its 5-1 opening round win against Philadelphia Public.

“I thought the first game we struggled offensively but I knew our pitching was very good,” said Delaware South coach Corey Wyatt (Lake Forest). “Today our bats came through. We got a lot of big hits with people on base and we ran the bases extremely well.”

“We just wanted to put the ball in play and hit the ball hard,” Kimmel said. “We found the holes in the defense and just kept running.”

Delaware South stuck with its successful pitching formula from the first game. It started Ryan Steckline, an Appoquinimink grad who is signed to play for Monmouth University next year.

Steckline struck out seven in his three innings of work. He has 13 strikeouts through six innings so far this tournament.

Delaware South did surrender six runs in the bottom of the eighth, thanks in large part to three walks and two hit batsmen. The trio of Brady Stamper (Appoquinimink), Sean Kelby (Newark Charter) and Jeremy Carrow (Smyrna) combined to pitch the final six innings.

“We’re going to have good pitching every game so we wanted to focus on getting the bats warmed up,” Kimmel said. “Hopefully we can go to the ‘Bank,’ hit the ball hard and win some more games.”

 

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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