EAST HADDAM >> Middletown opened a four-game series against Zone 3 rival East Haddam with a 10-2 victory Tuesday night at Legion Field.
Post 75 (13-4 overall, 9-3 Zone) stayed one-game ahead of Berlin and Cheshire atop the Zone 3 standings.
“(Middletown) is always a tough opponent,” said East Haddam general manager Buddy Altomaro. “They’re well-coached, they’re good opponents and we respect them.”
Middletown broke open a close game by scoring six runs over the final two innings. Laurence Hill capped Post 75’s late barrage by blasting a two-run homer over the left field fence in the top of the seventh.
Hill had four hits, including a double, to power Middletown’s 13-hit attack.
“(Hill) sets the table for us,” said Middletown coach Tim D’Aquila. “When he’s on base we’re able to do a lot of different things because of his speed. He was in a little funk I think against Meriden trying to do too much and he finally got himself out of it.”
Post 75 reliever Jared Pflaumer, who was making his first appearance of the summer, earned the pitching win. Pflaumer allowed just two hits and one run over the final four innings. He also walked two and struck out three.
East Haddam starter Tom Murphy left the game in the third inning with what Altomaro described as some arm fatigue. Dylan Riley relieved Murphy and did a terrific job getting out of a bases loaded jam in the third with a pair of strikeouts.
Riley kept East Haddam within striking distance as Post 156 trailed 4-1 after five innings.
But Brandon Winzer, Will Woods, and Pflaumer gave Middletown some breathing room with RBI hits in the sixth inning.
“They did a lot of the little things correctly and that’s what got them over the hump,” said Altomaro.
Zak Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double and Zac Lawrence had a pinch-hit RBI single for East Haddam (1-8).
Chris Cardi, John Mormile, Malcolm Alleyne, and Pflaumer each had two hits for Middletown.
But D’Aquila’s main concern was the condition of Cardi, who left the game with a shoulder injury in the fourth inning after sliding head first into second base, and lefthander Griffin Bremer, who is scheduled to have an MRI on his elbow.
“I’m kind of worried right now because we lost Chris,” said D’Aquila. “It’s his non-throwing shoulder, which is good. I’m hoping to get a good text from him tonight. If we lose Bremer and Cardi it’s not going to be easy this year.”