Dover's Dom Velazquez slides home with a run during the 2019 Carpenter Cup at Citizens Bank Park

Dover's Dom Velazquez slides home with a run during the 2019 Carpenter Cup at Citizens Bank Park

Caesar Rodney's Ryan Rigby drove in 2 runs, and Nate Turner hit a go-ahead RBI single, but Delaware South dropped a 7-6 semifinal to Lehigh Valley in the 2019 Carpenter Cup at Citizens Bank Park.

After falling behind 1-0 in the opening half inning, Lake Forest's Nate McGray tied the game with a 2-out RBI single that drove home Rigby, who had doubled earlier in the frame.

Delaware's offense exploded in the 2nd inning, as they took advantage of Brandon Hatch being hit by a pitch, and a Dom Velazquez walk to lead off a rally.

Cape's Rbert Baxley singled to center to bring in Hatch with the go-ahead run, and then after a strikeout, Dover's Nate Turner drove in a run with a single, and Rigby shot the left-centerfield gap for a 2-run triple and a 5-1 lead.

Milford's Brock Hilligoss closed the door from there to keep the game 5-1 after his 3 innings were completed, and his high school teammate Chad Richhold struck out the side in the 4th to keep Lehigh Valley in check.

The floodgates figuratively opened for Lehigh Valley in the 5th as Brandon Robinson's 2-run single, and three straight walks allowed the Valley to tie the game at 5-5 with a rally where they only had 2 hits.

The floodgates then literally opened in Delaware's half of the 7th inning, as a 53-minute rain delay passed following a tropical-style downpour on a muggy afternoon in South Philadelphia.

After the delay, a walk and wild pitch put a runner in position for Shockley, who singled to left to bring in the go-ahead run and a 6-5 Delaware lead.

Lehigh Valley answered back in the 8th as Ben Piripavel singled to right, and then turned a potential double-play ball into an error on a steal attempt that put runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out.

Matt Warrington was able to get a strikeout, and was one strike away from getting out of the jam when Derek Holmes singled to shallow center, allowing two runs to score and put Lehigh Valley ahead for the first time since the 1-0 lead in the 1st.

Milford's Dylan Layton singled with a runner on 2nd and two outs, but it was hit too sharply to right, not giving Delaware a chance to be aggressive on the base-paths.

Lehigh's Eric Gustofson was able to draw a groundout to end that threat, and retire Delaware with a pickoff in the 9th to end the contest.

Turner, Rigby, and Shockey each had 2 hits for Delaware South, who couldn't end the First State's drought at the Phillies' all-star event that goes back to South's 2000 championship.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).