Burlington County rallies in Carpenter Cup

Posted: June 13, 2012

Dan Schurer's uniform was a lot muddier than his pitching line.

Schurer, a senior righthander from Moorestown, worked three scoreless innings of relief as Burlington County rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Berks County, 12-8, Tuesday in the first round of the 27th annual Carpenter Cup Classic.

In a game shortened to eight innings because of steady and increasingly heavy rain at Ashburn Field in FDR Park, Burlington County rapped 17 hits to advance to Friday's second round against the winner of Wednesday's game between Delaware County and the Philadelphia Public League.

Holy Cross senior John Adryan drove in five runs with a grand slam and RBI triple and Cherokee senior Colin Perro pitched three innings of one-run, one-hit relief for Burlington County.

The Carpenter Cup Classic features 16 all-star teams representing leagues from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The Burlington County team includes players from the Burlington County League as well as players from the four Lenape district schools in the Olympic Conference.

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

"This team's theme is 'Back to the Bank,' " said Burlington County manager Gary Herron, the coach at Riverside.

Herron was referring to the team's hopes of advancing to Sunday's semifinals at Citizens Bank Park. Last year, Burlington County lost the championship game to Lehigh Valley.

Burlington County won the title in 2009 and 2006.

"It would be crazy" to play in Citizens Bank Park, Schurer said. "It's every kid's dream. If I can't make it there [in the major leagues], it would be great to say I still got a chance to play there."

If Schurer's pitching line wasn't spotless, it was a lot cleaner than his cleats, his pants, or any other article of clothing that anybody wore on the muddy, slippery field.

Schurer allowed three hits, walked a batter, and hit another. He worked free of a base-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth by getting two strikeouts and a ground out.

"I wasn't thinking strikeout. I was thinking double play," said Schurer, who plans to continue his baseball career at York College. "But those strikeouts worked."

Adryan's grand slam in the fourth inning completed Burlington County's quick comeback from a 7-1 deficit after two innings.

Down by 8-7, Burlington County scored five runs in the seventh. Lenape senior Bobby Isopi tied the score with an RBI single, and Shawnee junior Brian Lawler gave his team its first lead with an RBI double down the right-field line on a 1-2 pitch.

After Moorestown senior Joey Frey drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, Burlington City junior Pedro Perez ripped an RBI triple and Rancocas Valley junior Nick Cieri delivered an RBI double that hit off the fence, just to the left of the 405-foot sign in dead center.

"These guys can play," Herron said of his team, which had seven extra-base hits. "I wasn't worried they were going to shut us down."

Burlington County   01240050 - 12172

Berks County   43010000 - 890

WP: Dan Schurer. LP: Joe Richie. 2B: Burl-Jarret DeHart, Shane Garrett, Nick Cieri, Brian Lawler; Berk-Devin Wenzel, Tim Brill. 3B: Burl-John Adryan, Pedro Perez. HR: Burl-John Adryan.

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