Carpenter Cup Classic: Tri-Cape falls in semifinal

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Tri-Cape’s bid for its first title in the 28-year history of the Carpenter Cup Classic baseball tournament ended in a 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley in a Monday semifinal at Citizens Bank Park.

“It’s a little disappointing not to break though and win it, but it was a great experience playing here,” said Trevor Datz, an infielder and recent graduate of Pitman High.

Against Lehigh Valley, Datz played second base and went 2 for 3 from the leadoff spot. In three tournament games, the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, who is headed to the University of the Sciences, was 8 for 10 with four runs and two RBIs.

Lehigh Valley, moving closer to its second crown in three years and fourth overall, will take on either Mercer County or Jersey Shore for top honors Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Monday's semifinal between Mercer County and Jersey Shore was postponed by lightning and rain. It will resume at noon Tuesday. with the final to be be played about an hour after its conclusion.

Mercer County leads Jersey Shore by 2-1 in the top of the seventh.

Tri-Cape, which left seven men on base, posted its only run in the first inning. Tulane-bound catcher Barry Buchowski (St. Augustine Prep) delivered an RBI triple to center field

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WP: Brett Kosciolek. LP: Don Money. 2B: LV-Tyler Buskirk. 3B: TC-Barry Buchowski, Mike Elfreth.

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