MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown Post 75 defeated reigning state and regional champion Branford 7-3 in an inter-zone game played at Palmer Field Sunday afternoon, capping a 3-0 weekend and improving its overall record to 26-10.
“It was good to get everybody at bats this weekend,” said Middletown coach Tim D’Aquila. “Just about everybody got 10 or so at bats, which was good. We also got each of our pitchers some work and got a lot of kids from the junior team in games at this level on Saturday.
“It was also good to play Branford. While obviously we didn’t face their front-line pitching, it was good to play a really good team with a strong winning tradition.”
Middletown broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning, scoring four times. The big hit of the rally was a two-run triple by Jared Pflaumer, who also had a sacrifice fly. Nick Roy (2-for-3), Jordan Swilling (2-for-3) and Kyle Farrell (2-for-3) led the 75ers’ attack.
Xavier Santiago and Tyler Criscuolo had two hits each for Branford, which is 24-1 in Zone 2 and holds a four-game lead in the zone race.
Middletown used seven pitchers in the game and Roy got the win.
Saturday night Middletown swept a double header from pitching-short Plainville of Zone 7, 13-2 in the opener and 25-0 in the nightcap, a game mercifully called after five innings.
In the opener, Farrell (1-0) pitched six shutout innings to get the win, striking out five and allowing just three hits. Anthony Marino (2-for-4, two RBI) and Anthony Franco (2-for-2, two RBI) led the winners’ attack.
The first game featured a mix of senior and junior players, but in the second game, Middletown coach Tim D’Aquila went with his regular senior lineup against Plainville’s senior team. The result wasn’t pretty.
Middletown had 25 hits to go with its 25 runs. Swilling had a 5-for-5 night, driving in five runs. Will Woods was 4-for-5 with five RBI. He had two singles, a double and a booming triple to the wall in center field.
Pflaumer (3-0) was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and got credit for the win to with a solid inning of relief as D’Aquila used four pitchers in preparation for the showdown week with Cheshire.
Luke Sorenson started and threw the first two innings, Pflaumer pitched the third, John Mormile the fourth and Mike McShane threw a 1-2-3 fifth. The quartet limited Plainville (11-19 overall) to two hits.