Delaware North Softball photo by Glenn Frazer

Delaware represented well in Carpenter Cup softball

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Delaware North Softball photo by Glenn Frazer

Delaware North Softball, photo by Glenn Frazer

Midd Penn won this year’s Carpenter Cup softball tournament held at FDR Park in Philadelphia this week, but the State of Delaware was well represented. 

Delaware South went 3-0 to win its bracket in pool play Tuesday while Delaware North (2-1) finished second in the same bracket. That qualified both teams for Wednesday’s championship round. The tournament featured 16 teams from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Delaware South has won the tournament a record five times.

The two teams from the First State fell in the quarterfinals in close games. The defending champs from lower Delaware (South) lost to Lehigh Valley 5-3, and the North lost a 3-0 game to SOL (Suburban One League). Everyone contributed to the success of their respective teams at the plate, defensively and in the circle.

Delaware South Kylee Hill pitching and Emily Smith of Delmar catching photo by Glenn Frazer

Delaware South Kylee Hill pitching and Emily Smith of Delmar catching, photo by Glenn Frazer

The South team was made up of 13 underclassmen from 7 different teams in Sussex County while the North roster included 12 from 7 schools in New Castle County.

The South Coach was Jay Davis, formerly an assistant at Goldey Beacom, assisted by Keith Stonebraker (Delmarva Christian). The team was led by Cape’s Ava Calciano, Kylee Hill (Laurel) and Kinsley Hall of Indian River each with 5 hits. Laniya and Shaniya Lewis (Sussex Tech), Lilly Fetterman (Delmarva Christian), Lily Hoban (IR), Katie McHale (IR), Lilli Showacre (Delmarva Christian), and Emily Smith (Delmar) each made significant contributions. Hill and Showacre handled the bulk of the pitching. Hill also homered and collected 7 rbi’s in the 4 games.

The North was coached by Nina Marcano (Middletown) assisted by Tori Brooks (Newark Charter). Savannah Laird (Appo) led the team with 6 hits while Ryan Vitola (Archmere) and Reese Founds (Middletown) both added 5 hits for the 4 games. Lily Papellas (Appo), Sky Eleazar (Appo) and Abby Baldwin (Conrad) all collected multiple rbi’s. Others performing well for the North were Lindsay Henn, Marisa Edevane and Annika Downs from DMA, Summer Montgomery (Middletown) and Jaida Church (Charter of Wilmington). Carly Maxton (St. Mark’s), Founds and Laird combined to allow just 4 earned runs for the tournament. Maxton recorded 29 strikeouts in 11 innings of work.

A few of the unique rules for the Carpenter Cup were a pitcher could only throw 4 innings per game and unlike the boys baseball tournament, only underclassmen were allowed on the rosters. 

Fans, family and friends of these young ladies that represented Delaware should be very proud of their performance, and the manner in which they handled victory as well as defeat. I know I am!

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