VIDEO & STORY -- After Middletown took a 3-0 lead, Appoquinimink surged in front 9-3, but then the Cavs chipped away, pulling to within two runs before falling 9-7 Thursday at Middletown High.

In a back-and-forth high school baseball battle between Middletown and Appoquinimink Thursday, the Jaguars prevailed 9-7 at Middletown High.

The Cavs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Appo responded with a run in the second and three more in the third to take a 4-3 lead.

Then the Jaguars rallied for five runs in the top of the fourth for what looked like a commanding 9-3 advantage.

But Middletown chipped away with one run in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one more in the seventh before Appo closed the door on the 9-7 victory.

A key moment happened in the bottom of the sixth inning when Middletown's Alex Weber hit a home run with two runners on base, but on an appeal by Appo, one of the Cavalier runners was called out for not touching second base. Instead of a three-run homer that made the score 9-7, a run was taken off the scoreboard, preserving a 9-6 lead for the Jaguars.

Pitcher Jarrett Weglarz struck out seven to earn the win for Appoquinimink, going five strong innings before being relieved with no outs in the sixth. Later, Joseph Davis came on in relief in the seventh for the save.

Leading the Jaguars at the plate, were Mason Keene with three hits and two runs scored, and Javon Fields with two hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Brandon Hoffman and Krew Bouldin also had two hits each.

For the Cavaliers, Alex Weber had three hits, including a home run and a double, along with four RBI. Blake Harbert hit a towering solo home run for Middletown, while Mitchell Jolikko and Eric Schwar each doubled.

The Jaguars improved to 10-4 this season while the Cavaliers fell to 8-4.

NEXT GAME FOR APPOQUINIMINK: Tuesday, May 8 at St. Georges Tech, 4:15 p.m.

NEXT GAME FOR MIDDLETOWN: Saturday, May 5 at Conrad, noon.