SPRINGFIELD, NJ - On Thursday, April 1st, the New Providence Pioneers played the Dayton Bulldogs at Ruby field in Springfield, New Jersey and came away on the short end of an 8-6 final score. It was opening day for both of the clubs who only had a couple of scrimmages under their belts due to the bad weather.
After the Pioneers were retired in the top of the first, the Bulldogs got on the board when Quay Mayo hit a double into right center field scoring the first run.
Both teams were quiet in the second inning, and no runs came across the plate, but the third inning was a different story. Dayton scored three more runs, extending the lead to 4-0.
The Pioneers came right back, putting four of their own runs up on the board. The rally started with base hits by John Quinn and Doug Pastore followed by a Joe Randazzo walk, to get the bases loaded. Mike Kennedy's single brought in one run bringing the Pioneers their first run. When Pastore, Randazzo, and Kennedy all scored, it made the contest a 4-4 ballgame.
The game did not stay tied for long when, in the bottom of the fifth, Dayton put up another three runs bringing the score to 7-4 in favor of Dayton. Sammy Dushkin had a double, scoring one, followed by Ross Goldfarb's and Charlie Bohannon's singles that also scored one run each.
New Providence was not finished and tried to rally in the sixth inning, but the Pioneers were only able to score two runs. Steven Zimmerman scored on a Kennedy single, and then he scored on a single from Scott Eckert.
Dayton increased the Pioneer deficit by scoring one more run in the bottom of the 6th. Ross Goldfarb finished out the game by shutting down New Providence in the 7th inning giving Dayton its first win of the season.
Goldfarb (1-0) pitched a complete game, recorded eleven strikeouts, five hits, and five earned runs. "Ross threw strikes, our defense made plays behind him, and everybody put the ball in play to get runs," senior Quay Mayo stated.
Dayton is now (1-0) and will continue their season by playing Roselle Park.
As for New Providence, the Pioneers fell to (0-1) and will play Governor Livingston on Saturday to try and bounce back from a tough loss. "We hit the ball better than I expected, still need to fine tune, and cut down on give away plays," said Pioneer coach, Chris Broduer.
*Mike Kennedy, who covered this game, is also a member of the New Providence Pioneer baseball team.*