Delaware South, North set to clash in Carpenter Cup semifinals

PHILADELPHIA — The stage is big and the surroundings will be new, but Delaware South is quite familiar with its Carpenter Cup semifinal opponent.

It’s an all-Delaware affair at Citizens Bank Park.

Delaware South will meet Delaware North today at 1 p.m. at the Philadelphia Phillies stadium. The winner will play either Olympic/Colonial or Jersey Shore, both New Jersey teams, in the championship game Saturday at 10 a.m., also at Citizens Bank Park.

This is the first time either Delaware team has played at Citizens Bank Park.

“Hopefully it will put us on the map a little bit,” said Delaware South coach Corey Wyatt of Lake Forest High. “We’ll have some scouts and some college coaches that see Delaware is good and we can compete with people if given the chance.”

Delaware South won the event once in 2000, when the semifinals and finals were held at Veterans Stadium.

Delaware split into North and South in 1993.

“It’s a little bit of a rivalry,” Wyatt said. “It will be a very intense game. It should be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to it.”

Before the split, Delaware won the inaugural high school showcase event, which includes 16 teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in 1986.

Delaware South is made up of players from Kent County, Sussex County, Middletown and public schools from the Newark-area. Delaware North includes the rest of the high schools in New Castle County.

Delaware South reached the semifinals behind a 4-1 first-round victory over the Philadelphia Public League last Friday, followed by a 12-7 win against Inter-AC (Pennsylvania) on Monday.

Delaware North needed wins over Berks County (Pa.), 3-2, and Suburban One American/Continental (Pa.), 5-1.

The two Delaware teams scrimmaged against each other before the tournament. There was also the senior all-star game, the Blue-Gold game, where the teams are divided up similarly to the Carpenter Cup.

Delaware South had six players also play in the Blue-Gold game, which the Blue team (North) won by one run.

That game was played at Frawley Stadium, home of the Carolina League’s Wilmington Blue Rocks. But the opportunity to play on a Major League field is something most of the players on both teams have never had before.

“I’m really excited for the kids,” Wyatt said. “I’m excited for them to see what they can do out there. Hopefully they’re not in awe. They go out there and play the way they’re capable of playing.”

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