Appoquinimink's baseball team is off to a hot start, winning two straight games after beating crosstown rival Middletown HS 7-1 Thursday afternoon at home.
The Jaguars' Connor Stevens, Jude Kurych and Matt Johnson each pounded out two hits on the cold, blustery afternoon. The team has amassed a total of 15 runs in those first two games, while the pitching has only surrendered one run in each game.
The Cavaliers jumped on Jags' starter Josh Silvestri for one run in the first inning, but Appo came right back with a three spot in the bottom of the inning. The Jags' continued their offensive barrage by scoring one in the second and two more runs in the third inning to chase Middletown's starter Kyle Spotts.
Appoquinimink's pitching has also been a key to the two victories, giving up four hits in the opener and only three in the win over Middletown. The only concern right now is the team has committed several errors, but that could also be a result of the non-baseball-like weather.
Silvestri gave up one hit while striking out seven in four innings. Anthony Modica took over in relief in the fifth allowing just one hit and striking out three in two innings of work. Ryan Deshaies finished the game on the hill, with a one-inning, sixteen pitch performance.
Middletown has struggled so far all around, and starts the season with an 0-2 record. "We are not playing to our capabilities defensively right now. Giving any opponent extra outs is something you just can't do in high school baseball. My guys will clean this up and we will be more competitive. Offensively we need to cut down on our strikeouts and put the ball in play more. We do have pretty good team speed and when our speed gets on, we do a good job of scoring," said Middletown coach Scott Smith.