Suburban One League teams to face off in Carpenter Cup semifinal

Posted: June 21, 2010

The Suburban One League flexed its muscles with the two entries earning a semifinal berth against each other in the 25th annual Carpenter Cup baseball tournament.

In the opener of a quarterfinal doubleheader at FDR Park's Richie Ashburn Field, the Suburban One League American and Continental advanced with Monday's 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Catholic League.

The Suburban One League National/Bicentennial League defeated Lehigh Valley, 6-5, in the second quarterfinal.

Thus the SOL American/Continental and SOL National/Bicentennial will meet in the 1 p.m. semifinal next Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

That will follow the 9:30 a.m. semifinal between two New Jersey teams, defending champion Burlington County and Jersey Shore, a squad from Ocean and Monmouth Counties.

"It's going to be a battle royal," said SOL American/Continental coach Shannon Gunby of Wissahickon of the upcoming semifinal. "It should be a great environment."

Methacton designated hitter Mark Romano went 2 for 2 with a solo home run that tied the score at 1-1 in the second inning. Senior catcher James Smith of North Penn hit an RBI double later in the inning to break the tie.

For Romano, it was his second Carpenter Cup home run in two years after hitting one in last year's second-round 13-12 win over Tri-Cape.

"This has been a great experience and it's great to get back to Citizens Bank Park," said Romano, an East Stroudsburg recruit.

Righthander Robert McKenna of Wissahickon earned the win, allowing one run in two innings. Five relievers then shut out the Catholic League the rest of the way, with Cheltenham senior Anthony Caringi throwing three scoreless innings.

This ended the careers for many top Catholic League seniors, including speedy centerfielder Rick Reigner of league and city champion Monsignor Bonner.

"Give their pitchers credit because they made us hit a lot of ground balls," said Reigner, who is headed to Philadelphia University. "But this has been a great year and playing in the Carpenter Cup tops it all."

In the second game, a seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Nick Mascioli of Delaware County Christian snapped a 5-5 tie.

"I was just trying to put it in play," said Mascioli, a West Chester recruit. "Actually I wanted to hit it farther but I got enough of it."

Neshaminy righthander Ray Hyjurick was the winning pitcher with three scoreless innings to end the game.

"I don't know if I had my best stuff today but it was enough to get by," said Hyjurick, who has not committed to a college yet.

An anxious moment came in the top of the ninth inning when Easton's Kevin Nemeth hit a long fly to left field that was chased near the fence by Steve Berardi of Holy Ghost Prep.

Council Rock South junior second baseman Jerry Mulderig had three RBIs and is now 3 for 3 with six RBIs in the two wins.

Catholic League    010 000 000 - 162

SOL Am/Cont    020 031 00x - 6 10 0

WP: Robert McKenna. LP: Tim Racek. 2B: C-Mike Zolk; S-James Smith, David McInerney. HR: S-Mark Romano.

Lehigh Valley    020 030 000 - 584

SOL Nat/Bicent    320 000 10x - 6 11 4

WP: Ray Hyjurick. LP: Kark Keglovits. 2B: L-Alex Longernecker, Joe Abein, S-Mike Tentilucci.

Carpenter Cup Softball

MONDAY'S RESULTS

Lehigh Valley 12, Philadelphia Public 6

Berks County 10, Delaware County 0

Olympic Colonial 2, Philadelphia Catholic 1

Delaware South 6, Tri-Cape 5

Berks County 11, Lehigh Valley 2

Delaware County 10, Philadelphia Public 0

Olympic Colonial 2, Delaware South 1

Philadelphia Catholic 4, Tri-Cape 3

Olympic Colonial 6, Berks County 5

Delaware County 7, Philadelphia Catholic 1


Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducci@phillynews.com.

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