PHILADELPHIA - Don Money stepped to the pitching mound at the Carpenter Cup on Friday afternoon and threw mostly fastballs right over the plate.

There was no need or time to try to fool hitters with breaking pitches.

Money's Tri-Cape high school all-star baseball team had an 11-run lead.

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He also had someplace to be. The Vineland High School senior graduated Friday night.

Money threw two quick innings as Tri-Cape defeated Suburban One American/Continental 13-6 in a quarterfinal game at Ashburn Field in FDR Park.

Tri-Cape, which consists of players from the Cape-Atlantic League and the Tri-County Conference, will play Lehigh Valley at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the semifinals at Citizens Bank Park.

"This (the Carpenter Cup) is important to me," Money said. "I'm representing my school. I want to come out here and do my best."

Vineland's graduation was set to begin at 7 p.m. Money pitched the bottom of the third and fourth innings and left Ashburn Field at 5:45 p.m.

His father, also named Don, joked that Money would just put his cap and gown on over his uniform.

Money allowed one hit and an unearned run. He was only scheduled to pitch one inning, but he got three quick outs in the bottom of the third.

"The coaches told me I could pitch another one, and I'm not going to miss that opportunity," he said. "The first inning, I threw nothing but straight fastballs. I was just trying to get in and out."

Tri-Cape took control with eight runs in the top of the third inning to take an 11-0 lead. Barry Buchowski of St. Augustine Prep knocked in three runs with a bases-loaded double. Robert Bunton of Buena Regional drove in two runs with a single, while Mike Elfreth of St. Augustine Prep contributed an RBI single.

The Tri-Cape sent 12 hitters to the plate that inning, and the first nine reached base. Bunton said the Tri-Cape hitters walked to the plate with confidence.

"Hitting is contagious," he said. "You want to come up big for your team and get a couple of more runs."

The Carpenter Cup is a single-elimination all-star tournament featuring 16 teams from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The Phillies founded the tournament in 1986. Former major leaguers Mike Piazza and Bobby Higginson competed in the event as high school players.

The final will be played Tuesday morning at Citizens Bank. The Tri-Cape has never won the Carpenter Cup.

Tri-Cape players were thrilled that they're headed to Citizens Bank on Monday for the semifinals.

"It's a dream come true to play where the Phillies play," Buchowski said.

The Tri-Cape is also the last South Jersey team left in the tournament. Burlington County and Olympic-Colonial have both been eliminated.

"This (event features) the best of the best," Buchowski said. "The Tri-Cape has great baseball players and we want to do whatever we can to win."

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Tri-Cape 218 010 010-13 19 6

SOL American-Cont. 000 100 203-6 8 4

2B-Datz (2), Buchowski TC. Careghini, Kirkpatrick SOL. 3B-Santoianni SOL.

WP-Schwaryn 5k (1-0). LP-Welhaf 1k (0-1).

Records-Tri-Cape 2-0, SOL 1-1.


Tri-Cape 218 010 010-13 19 6

SOL American-Continental 000 100 203-6 8 4

2B-Datz (2), Buchowski TC. Careghini, Kirkpatrick SOL. 3B-Santoianni SOL.

WP-Schwaryn 5k (1-0). LP-Welhaf 1k (0-1).

Records-Tri-Cape 2-0, SOL 1-1.

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