SOL National/BAL Falls to Lehigh Valley in Carpenter Cup Opener

The SOL National/Bicentennial squad fell to Lehigh Valley in Thursday’s opening round game of the 2018 Carpenter Cup play. Photos provided courtesy of John Gleeson. Check back for a gallery of photos.

The SOL National/Bicentennial squad collected 14 hits in Thursday’s opening round game of the 2018 Carpenter Cup, two more than Lehigh Valley. The SOL National/BAL played flawless defense behind four pitchers while Lehigh Valley had five errors.  Those numbers would suggest a good outcome for the SOL National, but that was not the case.

Any advantage the SOL National/BAL might have had was negated by the fact that it stranded 12 base runners while the Lehigh Valley left just six runners on base.

Things looked promising when the SOL National/BAL got on the scoreboard in the top of the first. William Tennent’s Greg Delgado singled to center to lead off the inning, and Justin Massielo (Pennsbury) followed with a single. Delgado raced home on a groundout by Dock Mennonite’s Nolan Bolton, and the SOL National/BAL had a 1-0 lead.

That lead grew to 4-0 after a three-run second. Council Rock South’s Evan Fisher opened the inning with a single to left but was erased on a double play. Mark Seibert (Holy Ghost Prep) collected a two-out single, and Josh Tesarck (Pennsbury) walked. Neshaminy junior Cory Joyce collected an RBI single through the right side, and a pair of runs crossed the plate when Xavier Delgado was safe on an error.

Lehigh Valley answered with two runs in the bottom of the second and added a single run in the third to make it a 4-3 game, but the SOL National/BAL scored two runs in the fourth. With one out, Xavier Delgado walked, and Massielo followed with his third hit of the game. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Delgado scored on a single to left by Bolton, and Massielo came home of a sacrifice fly off the bat of Greg Delgado.

Lehigh Valley scored four in the fifth inning to go on top 7-6 and upped that lead to 10-6 before the SOL National/BAL scored a single run in the ninth when Pennsbury’s Sam Ruta, who singled, scored on an error.

Massielo led the SOL National/BAL with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate. He also scored a run. Joyce was 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run scored. Fisher was also 2-for-3.

Seeing action on the mound were Pennsbury junior Christian Buchler (3IP, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K), Neshaminy junior Jake Fehrle (2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1 K) and Pennsbury junior Shayne Ostrowsky (2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K). Devon Prep’s Nick Ramanjulu absorbed the loss (1 IP, 3H 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 1K).

SOL National/BAL (7) – Xavier Delgado cf 2-2-1-0, Dylan Jackson ph/cf 2-0-0-0, Justin Massielo 2b 3-1-3-0, Andrew Czachor ph/2b 2-0-1-0, Nolan Bolton 3b 3-0-1-2, Tyler Wright ph/3b 1-0-0-0, Greg Delgado lf 2-0-0-1, Joe Kaleck lf 1-0-0-0, Evan Fisher 3-0-2-0, Sam Ruta ph/dh 2-1-1-0, TJ Brasier 1b 3-0-1-0, Kasey Caras 1b 2-0-1-0, Mark Seibert rf 3-1-1-0, Evan Profy 2-0-0-0, Josh Tesarck 1-1-0-0, Luke Piontek ph/c 3-0-0-1, Cory Joyce ss 3-1-2-1, Colin Costello ss 2-0-0-0, Christian Buchler p 0-0-0-0; Nick Ramanjulu p 0-0-0-0, Jake Fehrle p 0-0-0-0, Shayne Ostrowsky p 0-0-0-0, TOTALS 40-7-14-5.
Lehigh Valley (10) – Brandon Robinson cf 2-1-1-0, Benjamin Stokes 3b 2-1-2-1, Quinn Warmkessel 2b 2-0-0-0, Emmett McCauley c 2-1-1-2, Luke Storm ss 2-0-1-1, Evan Marushak cf 3-1-1-3, Adam Lemaster 1b 1-1-0-0, Ben Serfass ss 3-0-0-0, Justus Darville lf 1-1-0-0, Zack Transue 1b 1-0-1-1, Austin McEllroy rf 1-0-0-0, Nick Stannard rf 2-0-0-0, Ryan King 3b 2-0-1-1, Will Algard lf 2-0-0-0, Colten Hagadus dh 2-0-0-0, Zech Lambert dh 2-2-2-0, George Jenkins c 1-0-0-0, Brittain Shander 2b 3-2-2-0, Adam Smith p 0-0-0-0, Steve Luke p 0-0-0-0, Dylan Lehman p 0-0-0-0, AJ Palumbo p 0-0-0-0, Koby Staivecki p 0-0-0-0, TOTALS 34-10-12-9.
SOL National/BAL     130 200 001   7-14-0
Lehigh Valley021 041 02x   10-12-5
E-Lehigh Valley 5, SOL-N/BAL 0. DP-SOL-N/BAL 2, LV 1. LOB-SOL-N/BAL 12, LV 6. 2B-Brittain Shandler. 3B-Cory Joyce, Benjamin Stokes, Evan Marushak. SF-Greg Delgado. SB-Luke Storm.
SOL National/BAL     IP        H         R          ER       BB       SO
Christian Buchler      3.0       3          3          3          2          6
Nick Ramanjulu (L)   1.0       3          4          4          1          1
Jake Fehrle     2.0       3          1          1          0          1
Shayne Ostrowsky    2.0       3          2          2          2          3
Lehigh Valley
Adam Smith   2.0       6          4          1          1          1
Steve Luke (W)         3.0       5          2          2          1          2
Dylan Lehman           3.0       1          0          0          3          4
AJ Palumbo    0.00    2          1          1          0          0
Koby Staivecki (S)     1.0       0          0          0          0          3