GUILFORD >> Middletown showed on Tuesday night why they’re going to be a team to be reckoned with this summer.
Trailing by a run with two outs and nobody on in the top of the seventh, Post 75 rallied for three runs and defeated Guilford, 6-4, in a Zone 3 Legion contest at the Adams Middle School.
“We fought,” said Middletown coach Tim D’Aquila. “Last night we took them by surprise a little bit and tonight we didn’t. They’re a good baseball team. Their record doesn’t show it but they’re going to beat some teams.”
Kyle Farrell, Griffin Bremer and Will Woods each had three hits to lead Middletown’s 14-hit attack. Farrell also had two RBIs, while Chris Cardi (two RBIs) and Billy Waldner had two hits apiece.
Post 75 right-hander John Mormile pitched six strong innings. Mormile scattered five hits and allowed no earned runs.
“John was pretty good tonight,” said D’Aquila.
Guilford, which dropped a 10-0 decision to Middletown the night before, took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
With two outs and runners on second and third, J.P. Peters hit a slow roller to second base where Malcolm Alleyne charged it and tried to make a quick glove throw to first but the ball skipped past the bag.
Mormile started Post 75’s rally with a single to right. Alleyne drew a walk and Farrell reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Guilford reliever Alex Pia then uncorked a wild pitch and it was tied at 4.
After Waldner was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, Cardi drew a walk for a 5-4 lead. Post 75, which improved to 8-1, added an insurance run on an infield error.
Tyler Donlan had two hits, while Pia had an RBI double for Guilford (1-4).
“We came out hitting and we eventually took the lead for a couple of innings but unfortunately we couldn’t hang onto it for all seven,” said Guilford coach Lou Penna.
The teams conclude a four-game series with a doubleheader (5:30 p.m.) at Palmer Field on Wednesday night.