You thought the softball season was over.
Not quite yet.
The 15th Phillies Carpenter Cup softball tournament got underway today as eight of the 16 teams in the competition opened double elimination, round robin play at the MLB Urban Youth Academy fields at FDR Park, located at Broad and Pattison Streets in South Philadelphia.
The remaining eight teams, including the Berks/L-L “franchise”, begin play Tuesday.
Teams are composed of players who have completed their sophomore or junior years, and hail from southeastern and eastern Pennsylvania, south Jersey and Delaware.
After winning it all in 2016 and 2017, Berks/L-L finished second to Delaware South last year.
This year’s Berks/L-L squad has a decided L-L flavor with nine of the 14 on the roster calling the L-L home.
Included in that number are a trio from state 5A runner-up Lampeter-Strasburg, Chloe Blantz, Julz Garber and Summer Peters; Elizabethtown’s Kristin Geesey and Alyssa Hamilton are joined by Warwick’s Danielle Jones and Katelyn Minney, Solanco’s Jade Eshleman and Donegal’s Steph Reider.
Rounding out the roster are Naomi Fay from state 2A runner-up Brandywine Heights, Tahner Gehringer from Fleetwood, Hailey Gravish from Hamburg, Emily Maddock from Kutztown and Kendall Shenk from Governor Mifflin.
With pitchers limited to four innings per game, Geesey, Minney, Shank and Gravish can expect to see a lot of work.
Beginning with their first game, against Burlington County, at 9:45 a.m., the Berks/L-L side will play three games today.
Following their first contest they meet Delaware North at 3 p.m. and the squad from the Inter-AC League at 4:45.
The top four teams from Monday and from Tuesday advance to Wednesday morning’s quarterfinals and play down to a champion.