PHILADELPHIA, PA –
Across from Citizen’s Bank Park in South Philadelphia is FDR Park – a beautiful area in which lies beautiful baseball fields owned by the Philadelphia Phillies. Those fields, called the Urban Youth Academy and Richie Ashburn fields, are home to the opening rounds of the Carpenter Cup, the top post-season high school baseball tournament in the Tri-State area since 1986, as the all-star teams from different leagues, areas and counties do battle.
A lot of local teams were in action on Friday as the Inter-Ac/Independent squad defeated Delaware County, 2-1, and the Philadelphia Public and Catholic Leagues all-stars both lost, 4-1 to Delaware South and 20-5 to SOL American/Continental, respectively. The Inter-Ac/Independent is the only team from the Philadelphia area to advance other than the SOL National/BAL all-stars, who defeated Chester County 9-4 on Thursday.
The hero for the Inter-Ac/Independent team was Penn Charter’s Michael Siane, who scorched an RBI single to center to ultimately knock in the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Public League struggled at the plate all day, only mustering one hit in nine innings of play and struck out 18 times against Delaware South pitchers. This was only the fourth time in Carpenter Cup history that a team threw a 1-hitter.
Yet, the Philly Pub hung tough with the all-stars from the first state, as the game was tied 1-1 going into the 7th inning thanks to solid pitching from Frankford’s Nick Herrera and Luis Ramos. But after two solid innings, Herrera gave up three runs in the top of the 7th after walking the first three hitters in the lineup.
The Philadelphia Catholic League had a 1-0 lead in the 2nd after Archbishop Wood’s Mike Ferrera scored on an RBI groundout by St. Joseph’s Prep’s Jeff Manto. But after that, it was all SOL American/Continental as North Penn’s Ryan Bearler scorched a 2-run triple in the 3rd to give his team a lead they would never relinquish.
But there was good news on the day for the PCL. Neumann-Goretti, playing for the PIAA 2A championship out at Penn State University, won their second consecutive title with a 7-4 victory over Bishop McCourt. In addition, Suburban One got a state title as well with the Pennsbury Falcons thrilling 1-0 win over District 3 champ Dallastown to win the PIAA 6A title. With still no runs put up on the board in the bottom of the 7th inning, Pennsbury third baseman Nick Price hit a 2-out RBI single to walk it off and give the Falcons their first ever state championship.
Even with the state championships over, the Carpenter Cup will continue on as the Inter-Ac/Independent team will face off against Delaware South during Monday's quarterfinal round. Likewise, the two SOL all-star teams will continue on, with American/Continental battling Delaware North and National/BAL taking on Olympic/Colonial, which are made up of South Jersey all-stars.
(Photo Credit: Jack Kapp)