Balance was the key for Burlington County, which got off to a successful start in defense of its Carpenter Cup title.

With 12 players getting at least one hit, Burlington County defeated Delaware South, 13-6, in Monday's opening round of the 25th annual Carpenter Cup at FDR Park's Richie Ashburn Field.

Burlington County will meet fellow South Jersey rival Olympic/Colonial in Friday's 9 a.m. second-round game.

That means a South Jersey team is guaranteed a semifinal trip to Citizens Bank Park on June 28.

"We showed our depth today," said Burlington County manager Dave Hower, the head coach at Rancocas Valley.

It's hard to believe, but after four innings Burlington County trailed, 5-2.

Burlington County began the defense of its 2009 Carpenter Cup title with an 18-hit attack.

Northern Burlington outfielder Ian Moyer went 2 for 3 with two triples and two RBIs.

Moyer, a Mercer County College recruit, broke his ankle in last year's state tournament and was unable to play in the Carpenter Cup.

"That was tough last year, and I'm trying to make up for that lost time," Moyer said. "This is a great experience."

Burlington County righthander Kevin Comer, a junior from Seneca, allowed three earned runs and five overall in pitching the first three innings.

Comer, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection, didn't have his usual velocity, and there was a reason.

Earlier on Monday morning, Comer was in Trenton, throwing as part of a tryout for the Area Code games.

"It was tough pitching today, but I gave it my best," said Comer, a member of last year's Carpenter Cup champion.

Comer said he won't be available Friday because he'll be in Tampa, Fla., pitching in a showcase. But if Burlington County wins in the second round, he said he should be available.

It will be difficult to beat Burlington County if it keeps hitting the way it did against Delaware South.

Riverside first baseman Dillon O'Neal was 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI, and Lenape shortstop Stefan Kancylarz was 3 for 3 with a run and RBI. Seneca second baseman Ryan Williams was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

O'Neal hasn't made a college choice, so this exposure should help.

"I hope some schools contact me from being here," he said.

Lenape's Tory Schroff pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win.

Burlington County 200 011 513 - 13 18 3

Delaware South 032 000 100 - 6 10 3

WP: Tory Schroff. LP: Georgie Michael. 2B: B-Dillon O'Neal 2, D-Connor Luff. 3B: B-Ian Moyer 2, Stefan Kancylarz.

Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducci@phillynews.com.