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Tigers tame Force in Flight A baseball showdown at Frawley

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WILMINGTON – A.I. DuPont used timely hitting and took advantage of a few mistakes by the opponent to cruise to an 11-0 win over fourth-ranked Charter School of Wilmington in a matchup of two of the better schools in Blue Hen Conference Flight A baseball Monday night at Frawley Stadium. It was the Tigers’ eighth straight win after a season-opening defeat to Middletown.

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The Tigers (8-1, 4-1 Flight A) scored in each of the game’s five innings, putting up single runs in the first, second and fifth, six in a decisive third and two more in the fourth. The contest was shortened due to the 10-run rule.

Leading, 2-0, A.I. put the game out of reach in the third. Matthew Geist and Connor Pijuan reached on consecutive errors, and both scored when the next batter, Regan Hidalgo, crushed a three-run home run over the right-field fence. That was the end of the night for Charter pitcher Jake Paraskiewicz, but the Force’s fortunes did not change when Kyle Lennon took the hill. The Tigers loaded the bases on a walk, single and hit batter, and Jesse Hall cleared them with a triple into the right-field corner.

A.I.’s Andy Tunell knocked in two runs in the fourth with a double.

Tigers pitcher Brian Kasey was outstanding, holding Charter (6-2, 4-1 Flight A) to three hits. Two of those came in the fourth, when the Force put runners on first and second with consecutive singles, but Kasey worked out of that jam. He improved to 4-0 on the season with the shutout.

A.I. is back on the diamond Saturday when top-ranked St. Mark’s visits for an 11 a.m. start. Charter hosts Polytech Thursday at 4 p.m.