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Four Tigers named to Carpenter Cup

Four Northwestern Lehigh baseball players will be part of this year’s Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team.

Seniors outfielder Nick Henry, senior infielder/pitcher Rafe Perich, senior pitcher/first baseman Carter Welch and junior infielder/pitcher Dylan Witkowski were all selected to play in the event.

The Carpenter Cup, which is run by the Philadelphia Phillies, is an all-star showcase for high school baseball players from parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The Lehigh Valley franchise has won the Carpenter Cup twice, in 2011 and 1998. The event was canceled last year. The defending champ from 2019 is Burlington County, NJ.

The 25-man LV squad features players from 14 different high schools throughout the Lehigh Valley.

The Lehigh Valley team is managed by former Palmerton baseball coach Ted Plessl. The longtime Bomber head coach is assisted by Tom Plessl, Joe Candelmo, Cody Weiss, Jeremy Gigliotti and Ken Serfass. Joe Pirro serves as the team’s general manager.

The Lehigh Valley will open the 16-team single-elimination tournament on Tuesday, June 15 when its faces the Philadelphia Catholic League team at 4 p.m. at UYA Showcase Field in FDR Park in Philadelphia.

If it wins in the tournament opener, the Lehigh Valley will play its quarterfinal round game on Friday, June 18.

The tournament semifinals and finals will be held at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia on Monday, June 21 and Thursday, June 24.

LV 2021 Carpenter Cup Roster

Player name (Grade, Pos., School)

Chase Albus (Jr., OF/P, Bethlehem Catholic)

Blake Barthol (Jr., INF/P, Parkland)

Bo Barthol (So. OF/P, Parkland)

Brock Bollinger (Sr., C, Palmerton)

Tyler Causa (Sr., P/INF, Wilson)

Parker Frey (Sr., OF/P, Liberty)

JD Greeley (Sr., INF/OF/P, Pocono Mountain West)

Nick Henry (Sr., OF, Northwestern)

Justin Johnson (Sr., P/1B, Easton)

Eric Ludwick (Sr., C, Liberty)

Beckham McNally (So., P, Bethlehem Catholic)

Matt Martinez (Sr., C, Bethlehem Catholic)

Ben Moyzan (Jr., P/INF, Notre Dame)

Griffin Partridge (So., C/INF, Central Catholic)

Rafe Perich (Sr., INF/P, Northwestern)

Justin Ramirez (Jr., INF, Easton)

Brandon Ratti (Sr., OF/P, Pleasant Valley)

Jack Smale (So., OF, Pleasant Valley)

Maz Squarchia (Sr., OF, Easton)

Matt Tankred (Jr., INF/P, Southern Lehigh)

Braden Waller (Sr., P/OF, Emmaus)

Zach Walters (Sr., P/1B, Pleasant Valley)

Quinn Warmkessel (Sr., P/1B, Salisbury)

Carter Welch (Sr., P/1B, Northwestern)

Dylan Witkowski (Jr., INF/P, Northwestern)