By TJ Millman
The Carpenter Cup Classic is a 16 team regional tournament hosted each year by the Philadelphia Phillies. The tournament consists of teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and has seen many of its players go on to Major League careers. This year, the Delaware South team made it all the way to the semi-finals where they faced Delaware North.
The venue for the game…Citizens Bank Park. “It’s an experience of a lifetime because not every high school kid gets the opportunity to play at an MLB park. The atmosphere inside the park was outstanding and like no other. There was a little pressure because I wanted to perform well being that it was my first time in the stadium. It was definitely an experience to remember,” said Milford senior Abraham Mow.
William Kimmel was equally excited by the opportunity to play at Citizens Bank Park.“Playing in an MLB stadium was a wonderful experience. I never thought I would be 17 and playing on a professional field. I felt energy going through my body. Playing in the Bank was one of the best experiences of my life,” Kimmel said.
The DE South team was made up of players from all across the state, but many of them knew each other already. “I knew the kids on my team whether it was from high school or travel ball so getting to play that game in that stadium made it even more special,” Mow said.
Delaware South beat Philadelphia Public in the opening round by a score of 4-1, and then went on to beat Inter-Ac/Independents 12-7. Milford senior William Kimmel started every game at catcher, and Milford senior Abraham Mow started every game at third base.
Delaware South fell behind early, walking in a run in the top of the first, but in the bottom of the second a Milford-Milford connection from Mow and Kimmel knotted the game up at 1. Mow hit a single, advanced the bases, and was then driven in by a groundout from Kimmel. Kimmel broke his nose on the play, and was eventually removed from the game by the trainer, a testament to his toughness.
“I tried to stay in the game and the trainers wouldn’t let me. I really did not want to leave that game,” Kimmel said.
The South held a 4-2 lead until the top of the sixth, and that was when things began to fall apart. The North scored 8 runs in the sixth and carried that momentum for the rest of the game. The final score was 12-5, with the North going on to the Carpenter Cup championship game.
The real issue for the South was giving up so many baserunners throughout the game. The North was not hitting the ball all that well, but DE South allowed 13 walks and had 3 costly errors. The defense from DE South held up for as long as they could, but the levees broke in that sixth inning and the runs came pouring in.
It was still a great run for the South, having been sent home in the opening round in 10 of the last 11 years. Milford’s two seniors played a large role in this year’s success, with Kimmel and Mow batting .400 and .666 respectively throughout the tournament. They each scored two runs apiece as well. Milford also sent the only freshman on the DE South team, freshman standout pitcher Chad Reichhold.
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