Vineland's Sanchez Sparks Tri-cape Win

Posted: June 20, 1999

WILMINGTON — The uncertainty of contract negotiations doesn't seem to be bothering Vineland catcher Angel Sanchez. A 12th-round draft choice of the Florida Marlins, Sanchez hopes to sign, but until it happens, he is content to continue crushing the ball and nailing would-be base-stealers.

Yesterday, he became the first player to hit a home run in this year's Carpenter Cup at Frawley Stadium. His 400-foot, two-run shot to center field came in the eighth inning as South Jersey's Tri-Cape team beat Suburban American, 7-0, in a first-round game.

Tri-Cape, which has players from the Tri-County Conference and Cape-Atlantic League, will meet Jersey Shore (formerly Ocean/Monmouth) in tomorrow's 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal.

Sanchez said he would be there. He will graduate Tuesday and hopes to begin a pro career shortly thereafter.

``We have an adviser and we've been talking to the Marlins,'' Sanchez said. ``I hope it happens sometime next week, because I want to play professional baseball.''

Sanchez also has a gun of an arm, and he nailed a potential base-stealer, one of the few runners for Suburban American.

The four Tri-Cape pitchers were as impressive as Sanchez's power display. Junior righthander Greg Burke of Gloucester Catholic allowed one infield hit and struck out six in three innings.

Mainland righthander Scott Zadina, a Seton Hall recruit, allowed one hit in three innings and struck out three.

Middle Township junior Tom Van Artsdalen pitched a scoreless inning and was followed by Kingsway lefthander Dan Meyer, a James Madison recruit who pitched two hitless innings and struck out two.

In the first game, second baseman Chris Schoonhooven of Middletown North went 2 for 3 with three RBIs to lead Jersey Shore to a 12-9 win over Berks County. Schoonhoven, a Towson recruit, hit a two-run single in a five-run fourth inning.

Mercer County took advantage of five Public League errors during yesterday's 11-4 opening-round victory. The win advanced Mercer into tomorrow's 8 p.m. quarterfinal against Chester County, a 5-4 winner over Delaware North in 10 innings last night.

Trenton righthander Isa Abdul-Raheem earned the win, allowing just one (unearned) run in three innings.

The Public League, which won its only Carpenter Cup game in 1990, was led by Olney second baseman Nolberto Lopez, who went 2 for 2 with a stolen base, and Central outfielder Jeff Hertzog, who had an RBI triple.

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