By TOM WILLIAMS
Ocean City High School senior Brandon Lashley and junior Jaden Millstein were both selected to play in the prestigious Carpenter Cup in Philadelphia.
The Carpenter Cup was created 30 years ago by the Phillies as an event to spotlight Delaware Valley high school teams and as a tribute to Robert and Ruly Carpenter, whose family owned the team for nearly four decades. A total of 16 teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware will begin play on June 10.
Lashley and Millstein will be part of the Tri-Cape team that combines top players from the Cape-Atlantic League and the Tri-County Conference. Tri-Cape will meet Olympic-Colonial in the tournament’s very first game on June 10 (12:30pm) at the Urban Academy Fields in FDR Park in South Philadelphia.
Lashley was 6-1 on the mound this season with a 0.74 earned run average. He struck out 50 and walked only seven in 38 innings. Lashley also hit .451 with 27 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. He will play baseball at Stony Brook (NY) University.
Millstein batted .420 with 26 runs scored, 13 RBIs and a pair of home runs.
OCHS senior A.J. Campbell, who batted .393 with a team-high 34 RBIs, seven doubles and four home runs, was selected as an alternate to the Tri-Cape team. Campbell will play baseball at Frostburg (MD) State.
Other CAL players on the Tri-Cape team include Jayson Hoopes, Ken Levari and Kevin Foreman of St. Augustine Prep; Dom Buonadonna and Nate Gorason of Millville; Rob Petracci of Egg Harbor Township; Erv Bogan of Vineland; Alejandro Rosado of Pleasantville; Luke Vaks of Cedar Creek; Jayden Shertel of St. Joseph and Shane Solari of Holy Spirit.
The winner of the Tri-Cape opener on June 10 will play a second round game against the winner between Mercer (NJ) County and Philadelphia’s Catholic League. The semifinals (June 17) and finals (June 18) will be played at Citizen’s Bank Park.