Tri-Cape hammers Olympic Colonial in Carpenter Cup

Posted: June 12, 2012

With six starters who played for state championships on Saturday, Tri-Cape burst to an 11-1 lead over Olympic Colonial in the first four innings of Monday's Carpenter Cup Classic baseball game.

Then Tri-Cape really started hitting.

"It gets contagious," said Salem junior first baseman Troy Sieber, who entered the game in fifth inning and went 3 for 3 with three doubles in Tri-Cape's 18-3 victory at Ashburn Field in FDR Park.

Tri-Cape's second-stringers rapped six extra-base hits, while its relief pitchers shut down Olympic Colonial as Buena coach George West's team advanced to face Suburban One American/Continental in the second round on Thursday.

Pennsville's Ridge Hermann was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, and St. Joseph's Andrew Ordille was 2 for 2 with a triple and two RBIs as Tri-Cape rapped 21 hits and produced the fourth-highest run total in the 27-year history of the showcase tournament.

The Carpenter Cup Classic features 16 all-star teams representing leagues from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The Tri-Cape team is comprised of players from the Tri-County Conference and Cape-Atlantic Conference.

The Carpenter Cup Classic championship game is 10 a.m. Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

"The only thing this game gives you is an opportunity," West said. "It's up to the players to take advantage of it."

Led by four members of Gloucester Catholic's Non-Public A state champions and two members of Buena's Group 2 state runners-up, Tri-Cape scored in each of the first four innings, generating 13 hits and building a 10-run lead.

Gloucester Catholic's Pat Kane was 2 for 3 with a stolen base and two runs. Buena's Anthony Lopez was 2 for 3 with a single, two runs and an RBI.

Gloucester Catholic's Brett Tenuto, John Brue and Elliott McCummings combined for four RBIs, four runs and three hits. Buena's Manny Colon was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI.

"You hear about all these great players and then you get to meet them and play with them, and it's a great experience," Ordille said.

Tri-Cape collected eight singles and six runs in the fourth inning. Pitman's Trevor Datz (2 for 2, triple, RBI) started the rally that featured RBI singles by Lopez, Brue and Colon.

"If you can hit the fastball, you can hit in this tournament," West said. "Our guys saw a lot of good pitches to hit."

When both teams substituted their full lineups in the fifth inning, Tri-Cape turned up the volume with an extra-base onslaught highlighted by three doubles to left-center by the lefthanded-hitting Sieber.

"I've been working driving the ball the other way," Sieber said. "Teams have been pitching me the other way, and I've just been trying to go with the pitch."

Sieber and Ordille said they wanted to keep Tri-Cape's offense in gear after watching the team's starters set the pace in the first four innings.

"It was great sitting there and seeing what those guys could do," Sieber said. "It was like we were picking up momentum every inning."

In the fifth, Sieber, Hermann and Ordille rapped three consecutive extra-base hits, all driving home runs. Absegami's Vaughn Chapman added an RBI double in the seventh.

Another key to Tri-Cape's victory was the work of the team's seven pitchers, especially the middle relievers. Beau Hall of Ocean City, Joe Santone of Gloucester Catholic, Brett Kennedy of Atlantic City and Justin Smith of Hammonton combined to throw five hitless innings from the third through the seventh.

"We swung the bats so well it put our pitchers at ease," West said. "They went out there without a lot of pressure and just three strikes."

Millville's Andrew Biggs pitched the ninth with his team in front by 15 runs, not exactly a save situation.

"It was wonderful just watching this team get all those hits," said Biggs, who struck out two. "We all wanted to do well, even after we got the big lead. It becomes a competition thing. It's like, 'Whoa, those guys can do that, I can do that, too.' "

Olympic Colonial    010 000 020 – 3 7 3

Tri-Cape    113 650 20x – 18 21 1

WP: Kevin Baxter. LP: Keith Wallace.

2B: OC-Tom Jakubowski; TC-Troy Sieber 3, Elliott McCummings, Ridge Hermann, Vaughn Champion.

3B: OL-Chris Jones; TC-Trevor Datz, Andrew Ordille.


Contact Phil Anastasia at 856-779-3223, panastasia@phillynews.com, or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter. Read his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at www.philly.com/jerseysidesports

 

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