SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The rain has gone away and it’s time for Dayton baseball to play.

Dayton, which has yet to play a full baseball game since a 1-0 road loss at Oratory on May 10, returns to historic Ruby Field as the eighth-seed and will face ninth-seeded Belvidere in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament.

Dayton (9-6), which has lost two straight but has won nine of its last 12 games, was leading Bound Brook last Tuesday 10-2 in the third inning, before the game was suspended due to rain.

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“Obviously baseball is a game you want to play every day or every other day in high school and this weather has hurt that. However, we have been staying focused in practice and are excited to get an opportunity to play our best during the most important part of the year,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “As a program, we take pride in our ability to play deep into the state tournament and I know these seniors are ready to keep that tradition going.”

Ironically, Belvidere (9-9), which has lost two straight and five of its last six games, defeated Bound Brook at home, 17-2, on May 10 for its last victory.

“Belvidere is a really good team and will be a challenge for us in the first round,” said Abbate. “We are excited to get the chance to compete at a high level early on in the tournament and we will be ready.”

The winner of Monday’s matchup will advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals and will visit the winner between 16th-seeded Technology at top-seeded New Providence.



Senior Night rescheduled

The Bulldogs’ Senior Night game against rival and neighbor New Providence at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater Township, home of the Somerset Patriots, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m.

General Admission tickets are only $10 each and each ticket includes a voucher for a future Somerset Patriots game, played Sunday-Thursday up until July 8. For tickets and more info on the event, please contact Gary Quinn at Gary.Quinn@nbcuni.com.