Penn Charter's Kurtz turns on power at Cup

Posted: June 19, 2014

DURING YESTERDAY'S Carpenter Cup quarterfinal, former Penn Charter outfielder Zach Kurtz couldn't take the heat.

He stood in leftfield sweating, as his team was getting knocked around the ballpark after giving up nine first-inning runs to Delaware County. But he didn't let the score ruin his disposition.

In the sixth inning he stepped into the batter's box and waited for the pitcher to make a mistake. Then he rocketed a 420-foot homer into deep centerfield at Ashburn Field. Two innings later, he blasted another bomb over the rightfield wall.

"No matter what the score is, you don't really want to give away an at-bat," Kurtz said following what turned into an 11-8 loss. "I was going out there trying not to let the pitcher beat me. I took two bad swings because the last pitcher had a different delivery, but I changed up my approach and settled back in"

Kurtz played in the 29th annual event, which showcases the best high school talent in the tri-state area, after recovering from an injury that held him back at Penn Charter.

"A year and a half ago I got hurt and last year I couldn't throw very hard. It made it hard to get recruited," said Kurtz, who hasn't finalized his college plans. "I thought I could play in college so I wanted to have a fair shot now that my arm is back to where it was before . . . I'll be training everyday, working out four times a week and hitting daily."

Delco hit home plate four times in the first inning and five in the second, and Penncrest junior Rob Knight pitched lights out. Sophomore outfielder Luke Haug, of the George School, scored the Inter-AC's only run prior to its sixth-inning offensive explosion.

Delco responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to stretch their lead before Kurtz blasted another homer in the eighth.

"Even if we were up by a ton or down by a ton, you have to make every chance at the plate count," Kurtz said.

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