For the second straight year, it upset powerhouse Grand Street Campus and this time the Hornets pulled the shocker the day after they were run-ruled.
“Crazy, man, crazy,” Midwood coach Charlie Barbieri said after the Hornets’ dramatic 9-8 victory on Tuesday. “We talked about being resilient and fighting – that’s what we did. We kind of were looking forward to the early challenge. Even though we got mercied, we felt like we competed with them. We didn’t feel overmatched. We came in today feeling pretty good.”
Designated hitter Danny Kaye drew a bases-loaded walk from Grand Street reliever Jose Cuas to force in the winning run and added a two-run single in the sixth. Midwood (1-1) scored three in the seventh to win, aided by walks. Grand Street pitchers walked eight over the final two frames. Shortstop Brandon Eng and first baseman Joseph DiLeo each scored three times, Mike McCann drove in two and Matt Croak and Milo Sklar also added an RBI apiece. Reliever Raad Gheith picked up the win by going the final 2 1/3.
“It was definitely a big win,” Barbieri said. “They may not lose another game all year. To win that game is just huge for us. Last year it kind of catapulted us into the playoffs. Hopefully this year, it catapults us into a strong season.”