Four Delaware South pitchers combined on a 1-hitter as they advanced to the Carpenter Cup quarterfinals for a second straight year with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Public League.
Delaware South took advantage of a pair of errors in the opening half inning for a run when Newark Charter’s Kevin Buglio’s grounder to second base couldn’t be fielded cleanly, allowing Glasgow’s Wayne Pritchett-Watson to score the opening run.
The Public League picked the run right back when Anthony Brown’s single to centerfield plated Dioanny Mejia, but that would be the first, and only, hit of the day for the Public League.
Appoquinimink’s Ryan Steckline settled in from there, striking out two batters in each of his three innings of work.
His high school teammate Brady Stamper followed, and he threw five strikeouts against just one walk in 3 no-hit innings.
Despite the six innings of one-hit baseball, it remainined a 1-1 game into the top of the 6th as the offense could not take advantage of a 4th inning leadoff triple from Milford’s Abraham Mow or a 5th-inning leadoff double by John Weglarz.
Nate McVey, Michael Carrington, and Mark Smith were each walked to load the bases with no-one out in the 6th inning, and Middletown’s Jake Walls cashed in with a sacrifice fly to center to regain the lead.
They would pick up RBIs from McVey and Carrington in the 7th inning to stretch the advantage out to 4-1.
That would be more than enough for the South pitching staff, as Newark Charter’s Sean Kelby tossed another 2 innings of no-hit baseball, striking out four batters, before Smyrna’s Jeremy Carrow struck out all three Public League batters in the 9th for the save.
Delaware South’s pitching staff recorded 18 strikeouts, and the first one-hitter in the Carpenter Cup since Berks County pulled the trick in 2014.
Just the 4th one-hitter in the 32-year history of the Carpenter Cup, it’s the second one done by a Delaware squad. Delaware North one-hit Ocean/Monmouth in the 2000 event.
Delaware South advances to face the Inter-Ac/Independents squad Monday afternoon at 2pm at FDR Park. Inter-Ac defeated Delaware County 2-1 in their first round game.
Delaware North will also play a quarterfinal on Monday, facing SOL American/Continental, the defending champions came away with a 20-5 win over the Philadelphia Catholic League.
The winners of the two quarterfinals involving Delaware teams are scheduled to meet in Friday’s semifinal at 1pm inside Citizens Bank Park.