St. Georges scored nine runs in the fifth inning to defeat Middletown 11-1 Tuesday afternoon in baseball action.

The visiting St. George’s baseball team got plenty of pitching, and an abundance of hitting, during an 11-1 drubbing of cross-town rival Middletown Tuesday afternoon.  The 5-inning game was played during a steady downpour. It was shortened not because of the weather, but because of the high school ten-run mercy rule.

The contest started innocently enough, as the Hawks pushed across one run in the first inning, and another in the second, to take a 2-0 lead. Then Cavs’ starter Colin Peluse settled down through the next two innings, keeping St. Georges off the scoreboard.

Meanwhile, the Cavalier hitters had all they could handle with Hawks’ starter Tyler Campbell, who

scattered three hits over five innings, to pick up his third win on the season against one defeat.

As the rains continued to fall, the Hawks kept pounding the baseball, accounting for nine runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a commanding 11-0 lead. In the process, Peluse was knocked out of the game.

Middletown tried to stave off the early ending by scoring one run in home half of the fifth, but Campbell was able to shut the door on the Cavaliers comeback bid.

Offensively, the Hawks were led by Charlie Ciafarado who collected two hits, two RBI, and two runs scored. Logan Gilbert and Tyler Campbell each contributed two hits apiece, and Gilbert knocking in three Hawk runs. Quenton Hamrick scored two runs, and Chandler Foulk chipped in with two RBI for the Hawks.

With the loss, Middletown’s record evens out a 5-5. Their next game is scheduled for Thursday at home against Newark at 3 p.m.

The 7-3 Hawks will travel to Milford on Saturday to play the Buccaneers, with the first pitch set for 11 a.m.

Next Tuesday, St. Georges will play Salesianum School at Wilmington University at 4 p.m.