The Tri-Cape high school all-star baseball team will play Wednesday in the opening round of the Carpenter Cup Classic in Philadelphia.
The Carpenter Cup, held annually since 1986, is a single-elimination tournament featuring 16 teams from the tri-state area. The semifinals will be held at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, on June 22, with the championship game there June 23.
Tri-Cape, which consists of players from the Tri-County Conference and Cape-Atlantic League, will play Philadelphia Catholic at 4 p.m. at the UYA Showcase Field in FDR Park.
“We have a good group of kids, a very nice mix of players,” Mainland Regional High School baseball coach Billy Kern said. “All these kids are very deserving, and we are looking to make a deep run in the tournament.”
Kern, along with Egg Harbor Township coach Bryan Carmichael and Atlantic City coach Brent Bean, will represent the CAL as assistant coaches, while Kingsway Regional’s Ian Enders and Gloucester Catholic’s Adam Tussey will represent the Tri-County.
Highland Regional’s D.J. Gore will be the Tri-Cape head coach.
If Tri-Cape wins Wednesday, it would play the winner of Mercer County and Olympic-Colonial in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m. Monday at UYA Ashburn Field.
Last year, Tri-Cape lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Jersey Shore.
“I am looking forward to being around all-conference players and good coaches,” Kern said. “It really is a nice way to end the season, and I’m excited to see how our conference compares to others around our area.”
CAL players on the Tri-Cape roster: Josh Hood, Jack Billings, Cole Vanderslice and Nick Lonetto (St. Augustine Prep); Matt Rivera, Alec Sachais and Vince Letizia (Holy Spirit); Hunter Sibley and Luis Vargas (Millville); Danny Nunan and Brandon Lashley (Ocean City); Robbie Petracci and Cory Kessler (Egg Harbor Township); Ervin Bogan (Vineland); Alec Rodriguez and Jailen Heard (Oakcrest); Alejandro Rosado (Pleasantville); and Yan Sauri (Buena Regional).