New Jersey’s Olympic Colonial put together a 5-run 9th inning to eliminate Delaware North 10-6 in a Carpenter Cup Baseball semifinal at Citizens Bank Park.
The late rally spoiled the hopes of a Delaware North team looking to earn a second straight championship game berth, after defeating Delaware South in last year’s semifinals.
Delaware North had reclaimed a 6-5 lead after William Penn’s Zach Pritchard hit an RBI single to right to bring home Wilmington Christian’s Tim Glavin in the 7th inning.
Wilmington Friends’ Wyatt Nelson entered in the 8th, and struck out Olympic Colonial 1-2-3 to get the Delaware North offense back at the plate, but the First Staters left 2 runners on base, the last of their 14 in the game.
Olympic Colonial made them pay in the top of the 9th, as Lorenzo Morello and Sky Duff, who had earlier homered, hit back-to-back triples to tie the game.
Matt Orlando followed with an RBI double, and John Piacentino hit the third triple of the inning to put the N.J. squad ahead for good. Jack Owens and Dylan Stezzi added RBI singles to finish off the 5-run inning.
Eli Atiya pitched a perfect 9th to shut the door on Delaware.
Delaware North had taken a 2-1 lead in the 2nd on a passed ball and RBI double by Thomas Alexander, and expanded the leader an inning later on Bo Anderson’s groundout.
Nate Thomas and Colin smith both drove in runs in the 5th, but it didn’t prove to be enough.
Delaware North still has not won the Carpenter Cup since they split the state into two teams in 1993.