By BRIAN CUNNIFF
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — On a day when it seemed unlikely a baseball game could even be played, the high school teams from Middle Township and Lower Cape May treated the few hardy souls who watched under miserable conditions to a thriller.
Freshman Matt Barcas stroked a single to center with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to score pinch runner Ben Harris as Middle walked off with a 3-2 win over its rival in a contest played in chilly, rainy conditions.
Garrett DiPalantino began the rally with a hit and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Drew Harris. Ben Harris then ran for DiPalantino and scored on Barcas’s hit, sliding safely across the plate on close play.
The exciting finish overshadowed brilliant pitching performances. Lower’s Dave MacDonald conceded six hits and three runs while going the distance. Middle starter Luke Salvo was touched for two unearned runs in the first inning and struck out six and allowed just three hits over five innings. DiPalantino tossed two scoreless innings and got the win.
None of the three pitchers used in the game issued a walk.
John Carlson and Ryan Gallagher each added RBI hits and Salvo and Jake Cooper also each scored runs for Middle (1-3).
Aidan Lowry had two hits and scored and run and Kenny Haungs had a hit and run scored for Lower (1-2).