PHILADELPHIA — There’s a very good chance Jared Gillis impressed some college and pro scouts on Tuesday.
Gillis, a rising senior at Smyrna High, had two hits, a run and two RBI for Delaware South in the opening game of the Carpenter Cup baseball tournament.
But that wasn’t enough for Delaware South to advance as it fell 7-3 to Delaware County to be eliminated from the tournament at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Delaware South’s last win in the tournament, which features teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, came in 2006.
“We didn’t hit the ball as well as we wanted to,” said South head coach Corey Wyatt (Lake Forest). “Jared Gillis came up with two big hits but beside that we didn’t hit the ball well enough to win. We had to put the ball in play when we had guys on base and that hurt us. Then we had some errors in the field that jammed us up a little bit.”
Gillis had the only two hits for Delaware South until the ninth inning when Colin Bergh (Sussex Tech) and Joey Haas (Polytech) each singled. It gave Delaware South a ray of hope with the tying run on-deck and two outs to work with, but two pop-ups later, Delaware County was celebrating its advancement.
Delaware County will play the winner of today’s SOL American & Continental-Chester County matchup Friday at 10:30 a.m. at FDR Park in the quarterfinals. The final two rounds are at Citizens Bank Park.
Delaware County took a 3-0 lead in the third helped by two errors from Delaware South. Gillis plated Jordan Hutchins (Dover) and Luke Oliphant (Sussex Tech), who both walked, with a double that went all the way to the fence in left.
“I was trying to be aggressive going up to the plate,” Gillis said. “If it’s first pitch fastball, swing. I was trying to do whatever I could to help the team.”
Gillis also ripped a single up the middle in the sixth. He eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Mike Carrow (Smyrna).
“I think it’ll give me a little more exposure,” Gillis said of his performance. “I would’ve liked to win and play Friday, though. But I think it was a good game overall.”
Milford’s Dustin Reeder pitched the first three innings for Delaware South and finished with no earned runs and a pair of strikeouts. Brady Parks (Sussex Tech), Cole Davis (Milford) and Shawn Dulin (Smyrna) also pitched at least an inning for Delaware South.
Delaware County recorded 13 hits on the day. It added a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and another in the seventh when second baseman Jordan Simpson made a diving catch in the outfield, but couldn’t get to his feet in time to catch a runner tagging up at third to go home.
Wyatt said his main hope was that some of the Delaware South players were able to be noticed by some scouts.
“It’s a showcase for them and it’s all about them,” Wyatt said. “It’s a team that’s put together at the last minute and it’s all about the exposure for them. Hopefully the college scouts and the pro scouts saw something they liked and one of them will get an offer or a phone call.”