Saints varsity baseball outfielder Baylen Manocha '18 competed in the 2017 Carpenter Cup, and represented St. Andrew's on the Delaware South team. The annual Carpenter Cup brings together 16 teams representing varying high school conferences and regions from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is meant to be an opportunity to expose the region's top baseball high school players to college recruiters and professional scouts.
In Delaware South's first-round win against the Philadelphia Public team, Baylen played well, hitting a single, scoring a run, and making a running catch at centerfield. You can see a brief clip of Baylen crossing home plate in this WDEL video.
On June 12, Delaware South upset the InterAC/Independents team to advance to the semifinals to play against Delaware North, making this the first tournament since 2000 in which both Delaware teams advanced to the semifinal round. Unfortunately, Delaware South won eight of its nine innings against Delaware North, but gave up eight runs in the fourth inning and could not dig themselves out of the hole. Baylen reached base on a hard grounder in the hole, and also hit a line drive into deep left-centerfield, which was caught. "In the field, he made a good play on a single in right-centerfield," said Saints baseball Assistant Coach Bob Colburn, who attended the game in Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, "and nearly threw out a running advancing from first to third base on a close play. Over the three games, Baylen held his own against some top players from the Philadelphia area." Go Baylen, and go Saints!