A couple of Indian River student-athletes have continued on with the all-star circuit well after their scholastic seasons have ended.
Baseball players J.J. Killen and Jacob Anderson were recently part of the Delaware South team that competed in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 2018 Carpenter Cup High School baseball showcase up at FDR Park.
Killen and Anderson will both be seniors next year for IR, and both said they were very happy for the opportunity to play on such a select stage with fellow Southern Delaware teammates.
“It was a good experience to be able to travel to Philadelphia,” said Killen, who played first base for the Delaware South squad. “To be able to play in front of many scouts was good, too.”
Killen made two plate appearances in the two games. During Friday’s 8-6 win over Delaware County (Pa.), he had a game-tying double in the bottom of the seventh inning. In his at-bat in Monday’s 4-3 elimination setback to Burlington County (N.J.), Killen popped out to right field.
“It was a lot of fun,” Anderson said of the experience. “Of course we wanted to go further, but there is always next year. It was great exposure to be playing in front of all the scouts.”
For the two games, Anderson started in centerfield and batted leadoff. During the scrimmage prior to the tournament, he batted 3-for-5 with a home run and a couple of RBIs, though he wasn’t able to collect a hit in his four at-bats during the two tournament games.
By Jason Feather