St. Marks scored three runs in the third, two more in the fourth and two in the sixth to defeat Middletown 7-0 Tuesday afternoon in high school baseball.

Strong pitching and timely hitting have both been the trademarks of St. Mark's baseball for many years.

Both traits were on display Tuesday afternoon in a 7-0 victory over Middletown High School in a game played on the Spartans' home field.

Middletown threatened in the top of the first by loading the bases, but they were not able to push across a run. After that rally, their bats remained fairly quiet. "We played pretty well today, despite losing the game. We got beat by a pretty good team, and I told my team that there's always room for improvement," said Middletown coach Scott Smith.

The Spartans reached Middletown starter xxx for three runs in the bottom of the third. As the Cavaliers bats were struggling against St. Mark's, the Spartans came back with another two runs in the bottom of the fourth to build a 5-0 lead.

Middletown then hit a two-out double in the top of the fifth, but the runner was left stranded.

In the bottom of the fifth, St. Mark's got one run on a Cavalier error and another on an RBI single.

After the fifth, Middletown went quietly.

Brad Nowell was 3 for 4 with two runs scored for St. Mark's.Calvin Scott added three hits and Brock Long and Billy Phillips each had two hits.Brennan McAllister had two hits for Middletown.

"I think we finally got some pretty good pitching today, and some hits in key situations," said Spartan coach Matt Smith.

Middletown is now 4-4. Their next game is Thursday at William Penn at 4 p.m., in a Blue Hen Conference game. Then they play Saturday at St Georges 11 a.m.

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The Spartans next game is Thursday vs. Sallies at Frawley Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Then they play

Saturday, at 11 a.m. at home, against A.I. Dupont.