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First Baseman Activated for Tonight

The Lancaster Barnstormers have signed local product Joseph Carpenter to a contract, it was announced today by manager Ross Peeples.

Carpenter, 22, graduated from Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon County, where he batted .429.  He was named All-County twice and All-Conference once.

Following his successful career at Cedar Crest, Carpenter played four seasons at the University of Delaware where he batted a composite .297 with 18 home runs and 11 RBI.  This past year, the slugging first baseman hit .310 with eight homers and 41 RBI for the Blue Hens.

He also participated in the Perfect Game Collegiate League with Mohawk Valley and in the New England Collegiate League with Mystic.  He batted .308 over those two summers.

This will be his first professional experience.  Carpenter’s addition brings the Lancaster roster to 26, one shy of the Atlantic League maximum.

“He’s a young kid who works his butt off,” said manager Ross Peeples.  “With the draft having fewer rounds, he probably got the short end of the stick, and I am interested to see how he handles this level.  He has some potential and is strong as an ox.”