Matt Thaiss continued his red-hot hitting in the Carpenter Cup on Saturday morning.
Thaiss, a recent graduate of Jackson Memorial High School who has signed with the University of Virginia, belted a two-run home run to right in the fifth inning and went 2-for-3 with a walk and the two RBI to help the Jersey Shore team roll to a 13-1 win over Inter-AC Independents (Pa.) in a quarterfinal-round game at Ashburn Field at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
It was the second straight game in the tournament Thaiss has homered.
Jersey Shore, the Shore Baseball Coaches Association’s entrant in the single-elimination, 16-team regional tournament that consists of All-Star teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, has advanced to the semifinals for the first time since it won the tournament for a third time in 2010. Jersey Shore will meet the winner of Saturday’s later semifinal between Delaware County (Pa.) and Mercer County at 1 p.m. Monday at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.
Lehigh Valley (Pa.) and Tri Cape will meet in the other semifinal at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Citizens Bank Park. The championship game is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.
Jersey Shore also won the tournament in 1994 and 2002.
Thaiss, a catcher, is 5-for-6 with the two homers, two doubles and five RBI in the tournament. Jersey Shore has scored 25 runs in its two games.
Mike Caputo, a second baseman who recently graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI. He had a two-run double in the third inning, when Jersey Shore broke the game open with six runs.
Left-hander Jake Yanez of Freehold struck out four over the first three innings to pick up the win. Seven pitchers combined on a six-hitter.