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Burlington County Keeps the Carpenter Cup Championship in South Jersey

Burlington County Keeps the Carpenter Cup Championship in South Jersey
A year after losing in the championship game, Burlington County finished the deal this year in winning the 34th Annual Carpenter Cup in impressive fashion. Burlington County beat Lehigh Valley, 4-2 in the championship game played at Citizens Bank Park.
 
It was the fourth championship for Burlington County and the first since 2012. Last year, Burlington County lost 7-2 to fellow South Jersey franchise, Olympic-Colonial.
 
Only two other franchises have won more than the four titles that Burlington County has captured. They are the Olympic-Colonial with six and Jersey-Shore with five.
 
That says a lot about the talent of New Jersey baseball and it is even more impressive when considering that there are no teams from North Jersey competing.
 
The Carpenter Cup consists of 16 of the top all-star teams from the tri-state area. New Jersey has four teams – the Olympic-Colonial, Burlington County, Tri-Cape and Jersey-Shore, which has players from Ocean and Monmouth Counties in Central New Jersey.
 
Burlington County is comprised of teams mostly that are from the country, but there are also a few that play in the Burlington County Scholastic League that aren’t in the country such as Trenton Catholic and Pennsauken.
 
In the championship game, Joey Moore, a senior from Shawnee, went 2 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI and Elijah Dickerson, a senior from Rancocas Valley, was 2 for 2 with a run scored. Both played left field in the championship game. Carpenter Cup rules stipulate that position players much play at least three innings and pitchers can’t throw more than three innings.
 
Moore finished the tournament 5 for 8 (.625) with two runs and an RBI.
 
Also adding RBI for the winners were Lenape senior catcher Cade Hunter, Pennsauken junior catcher Robby Barrientos and Trenton Catholic sophomore first baseman Jedier Hernandez.
 
Kyle Kato, a senior from Bordentown, got Burlington County off to a great start by pitching three hitless innings. Seneca junior Josh Willits allowed one run in two innings and Shawnee junior Dom Frigola allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings. Earning the save was Rancocas Valley senior Bryce Mangene, who will play baseball at Penn. Mangine pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings.
 
Burlington County was in relatively close games throughout the tournament. After opening with a 4-1 victory over Suburban One National/Bicentennial Burlington County then beat Jersey Shore, 7-3 to earn a trip to Citizens Bank Park.
 
The opening two rounds of the Carpenter Cup are played at FDR Park, near Citizens Bank Park. While they are great fields, the thrill for most players is getting to compete at the Phillies stadium. Teams that reach the semifinals and final0get to play at Citizens Bank Park.
 
In the semifinal, Burlington County beat the Philadelphia Catholic League, 3-2. Delran junior centerfielder R.J. Moten, who could be drafted next season, opened with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout by Hernandez to set the tone. Burlington County scored in the second on a sacrifice fly by Shawnee senior Connor Coolahan and extended the lead to 3-0 on an RBI double by Cherokee junior Jake Prince.
 
Moorestown senior Brian McMonagle and Shawnee senior Jackson Balzan each pitched three scoreless innings and Mangene earned the save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
 
Mangene pitched in three of the four games, earning saves in each outing and had a 1.68 ERA. Both Balzan and McMonagle each had a 0.00 ERA while throwing six innings in two appearances.
 
Chris Glenn, the head coach of Bordentown, managed the champions whose other titles came in 2012, 2009 and 2006.

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