Inter-Ac rolls to win at Carpenter Cup

ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Inter-Ac second baseman Demetrius Isaac throws a Delaware South runner out at first.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Inter-Ac second baseman Demetrius Isaac throws a Delaware South runner out at first.
Posted: June 18, 2014

THE RUSSET dugout adjacent the crisp, white third-base line at Ashburn Field was ominously silent.

Beneath the shade yesterday sat Penn Charter second baseman Demetrius Isaac, crammed between his Inter-AC Carpenter Cup teammates, arms folded, yapping about the passing of one of baseball's greatest, Tony Gwynn.

Their conversation about mortality was a metaphor for their play in the game's first three innings against Delaware South. But then, Isaac changed his mood. Sprinting from the trench, he stepped into the batter's box.

He slightly leaned his back and stepped into the box, focused on the pitcher. Isaac smiled wide, gripping his bat, then made contact. Clang. The ball sailed 370 feet and out of reach of the leftfielder for a double, sparking a four-run inning for the private-school league.

Like Gwynn, Isaac will be a dual-sport athlete in basketball and baseball when he enters Chestnut Hill College in the fall. In remembering Gwynn, he said baseball is "just a game" and you have to play like you live your life: with a grin on your face.

"You can't take anything for granted," Isaac said following the Inter-AC's 14-1 win over Delaware South. "When you're out there on the field, you have to live in the moment and always play with a smile on your face. Baseball isn't that big of a deal. It's a sport. It's a game, but you have to go out there and have fun whether you're batting 0-for-3 or 3-for-3."

Gwynn, who died at age 54 from complications of cancer in his salivary gland that he attributed to years of chewing tobacco, was a 15-time All-Star and one of baseball's all-time consistent hitters. The former San Diego Padres legend was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

Isaac said there was a conversation about chewing tobacco in the dugout.

"We were in the dugout talking about how he passed away," Isaac said. "I don't [chew tobacco] but I know there are kids on the team who do. And after finding out the news, they might still do it, but as of right now they aren't.

" isn't good for you and you shouldn't do it too much. We talked about a bunch of people who do it and the complications of mouth cancer and everything."

The Inter-AC advances to the second round of the 29th annual Carpenter Cup, which showcases top high school talent from the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware tri-state area and attracts college scouts from along the East Coast.

For Isaac, it's a matter of doing what he loves - playing baseball; in his case, at this showcase tournament, then at the local Division III college at the northwest corner of Philadelphia.

"Baseball for me is fun," Isaac said. "I like to go out there and have as much fun as possible and I get to play with the best players in the area. I just love to get out there and have fun."

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