Tower Hill’s Bo Anderson drove in six runs to pace a near historic offensive assault, as Delaware North defeated Lehigh Valley 26-9 in a Carpenter Cup Quarterfinal at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Coming off a narrow 5-3 win over Philadelphia Public last week in the opening round, the North’s bats came alive early and often, scoring at least 3 runs in each of the first five innings.
Anderson started the attack with a reach-on-error in the opening inning, which was followed by DMA’s Colin Smith getting a sacrifice fly, and Conrad’s Marshall Awtry cracking a run-scoring triple to right to take a quick 3-0 lead.
After Lehigh Valley got a run back in the top of the 2nd, Anderson delivered a 2-run, 2-out single to right, and then scored on Saint Elizabeth’s Nate Thomas’ single to push the lead to 6-1.
Four more runs followed in the third, beginning with William Penn’s Zach Prichard delivering a 2-run single, before RBI singles from Archmere’s Mike Dellose and Anderson to stretch the game to 10-1 after just three frames.
Lehigh Valley countered with a run, but Conrad’s Kyle Walker responded with an RBI single, and Anderson drove in two more runs with a double to left to get the lead to 13-2.
Mandatory substitutions began in the 5th inning, but it didn’t slow the North bats, with Archmere’s Thomas Alexander getting an RBI single ahead of Wilmington Christian’s Tim Glavin earning a sacrifice fly.
Shawn Haut took over the 3rd slot in the line-up for Anderson, and with the bases loaded smashed a double to center to clear the bases, putting Delaware North up 18-2.
Alexander added an RBI fielder’s choice in the 6th, and despite Lehigh Valley putting together of 3-run innings, they couldn’t come close to matching a near-record attack that continued.
Alexander, Haut, and Saint Elizabeth’s Christian Strickland drove in runs in the 7th, and Caravel’s Bradley Kaden and Strickland drove in runs in the 8th as Delaware North finished with 26 runs.
The 26 runs finished one short of the tournmaent record set by Chester County against Delaware South, when they won 27-8 in 2006. The previous record was 22 set by South Jersey North in 1986 in the inaugural Carpenter Cup.
Anderson drove in 6 runs, Haut 4, and Alexander 3 for Delaware North, who cranked out 22 hits under the blistering South Philadelphia heat.
They advance to face Olympic Colonial, who rallied from 13-5 down to win 14-13 over Tri-Cape in another quarterfinal, in the first Carpenter Cup Semifinal on Friday at 9:30am inside Citizens Bank Park.