MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown Post 75 defeated Zone 3 leader Cheshire 3-2 Wednesday night at Palmer Field preventing Cheshire from clinching the zone title.
Second place Wallingford split a doubleheader with Berlin and remained alive for the crown. Since Cheshire won the season series over Wallingford, Wallingford must win over Berlin tonight and Cheshire must lose both of its remaining games with Middletown in order for Wallingford to win the zone.
If Cheshire wins one game, it is the zone champion.
Middletown won Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the seventh on Nick Brenchak’s infield single with two outs and the bases loaded.
With one out, losing pitcher Connor Davey hit Colin Horn with a pitch. Jared Pflaumer forced Horn at second, but Davey couldn’t get the third out. Luigi Fazzino singled, Anthony Franco walked on a 3-2 pitch, then Brenchak hit a little roller in front of the plate.
Catcher Wes Robertson went after the ball, but the ball spun away from him. He reached for it and dropped it as Pflaumer scored and Brenchak reached first on the scratch hit to grab the walk-off win.
“We got great pitching tonight and we got timely hits,” said Middletown coach Tim D’Aquila. “It was good to win one like this.”
Cheshire (18-4) took a 2-0 with single runs in the first and third. Altrin Kabashi led the game with a double off the glove of Fazzino in left and he scored on a two-out infield single by Pat Downey (2-for-2).
Cheshire’s run in the third was driven in on another two-out single by Downey.
Middletown (14-8) tied the game in the fourth. Nick Roy led the inning with a walk and Kyle Farrell followed with single to left. After a balk was called on Davey, Nevin Sanchez singled home a run and Pflaumer tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right.
Middletown had just three hits off Davey, while three Middletown pitchers held Cheshire to six hits.
Scott Marks started for the 75ers and went three innings, Dennis Beaudry went two scoreless innings and Botti went two to get the win. Middletown pitching struck out eight. There were no errors in the game.
Middletown will play in the state playoffs Saturday against an opponent and at a location to be announced by the state Legion. Game time will be noon. The two teams have not agreed on a make-up time for Tuesday’s rainout.