A pretty good pitchers duel turned into a tough outing for Delcastle, as Middletown scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning enroute to an 8-1 victory over the Cougars Monday afternoon in a battle of winless teams.
While both teams were having trouble scoring on the warm, sunny spring afternoon, the Cavaliers finally got to Cougar starter Tyler Lasako in the pivotal fourth inning. The Delcastle defense didn't help matters, committing two errors in the frame, and committing a total of four for the game.
"We've gotten off to a slow start this season, but we are starting to come around. We have to work on some defensive fundamentals, but I feel we will come around as a ball club," said Delcastle Coach Dave Battafarano, now in his 12th season at the helm of the Vo-Tech high school baseball team.
Lasako had pitched out of a few jams, but several hits and several miscues later, he was down by a half-dozen runs. The Cavaliers chased Lasako in the top of the sixth inning when they pushed two more runs across the plate to build a commanding 8-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Middletown starter Robbie Pitroli pitched 6 strong innings to pick up his and the team's first win of the season. He scattered four hits and finished the day with 8 strikeouts.
Offensively, Middletown was led at the plate by Brennan McAllister and Kyle Spotts as each batter had two hits apiece.
The Cougars picked up their only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, but Garrett Maniatis came on in relief to shut the door on the home team. Avery Earley had two hits for Delcastle.
The 1-2 Cavaliers were schedule to play Newark at home on Wednesday, and then take on Salesianum on Thursday at home at 4 p.m.
Delcastle is now 0-3 on the season. They will play Charter School on Thursday in Wilmington at 4 p.m.