It was quite a ride for Indian River High School’s Abby O’Shields and her Delaware South teammates in the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup high school showcase tournament.
O’Shields and crew took down Berks Lancaster Lebanon Counties (Pa.), 6-5, rallying from a four-run deficit to capture the tournament championship in extra-innings. BLL had won the past two Carpenter Cup crowns. It was the first Carpenter Cup title for Delaware South since 2013, and their fourth overall.
“It was an amazing experience,” O’Shields said of the tournament. “I did it last year, too. This year was totally different, though. We have all been playing together in travel ball, so we were more familiar with each other. Our defense was on point the whole time, and we were able to get some really timely hits. We stacked them up, and then we were good with getting them in to score.”
O’Shields finished the weeklong tournament with a 4-0 mark. She pitched in 19 innings, while allowing eight runs on 14 hits. She offset four walks and two hit batters with 13 strikeouts.
In the semifinal game, also a win over BLL, O’Shields was simply perfect.
The IR lefty and Sussex Tech’s Taylor Wroten combined for a one-hitter in their 1-0 win over BLL.
O’Shields tossed four perfect frames for Delaware South, as not a single BLL hitter reached base. Wroten followed with three innings, while allowing the lone hit, but also walks in each of the other innings.
“It was a good combination for us,” O’Shields said of her time shared with Wroten in the circle. “I’m a lefty, and she’s a righty. Switching us up really threw them off. They were never able to settle in and get comfortable in the box.
“We all play against each other during the high school season, but when we come together, it makes us that much stronger. We have good healthy competition, and the best of the best talent in Southern Delaware. It really shows how great our area is for softball. We were all working together, and it was a total team effort.”
The tournament annually features teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The tams are made up of sophomores and juniors from the high schools in those states. Delaware South’s team consisted of players from both Kent and Sussex counties.
The Delaware South team will be special guests of the sponsoring Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, July 23, when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Delaware South team will be recognized on the field prior to the game, for their winning effort.
By Jason Feather