SUMMIT, NJ - After a tough 8-6 home divisional loss to Roselle Park on Wednesday, Dayton bounced back in fine fashion on the road Thursday.
Matthew Pavick went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored and also notched his third win of the season, allowing seven hits over five innings with two earned runs, one walk, and six strikeouts to lead Dayton to a come-from-behind 8-4 victory over Oratory in Summit Thursday.
Jeffrey Carrier had two singles with two RBI, Jonathan Holland had two hits with an RBI and three runs scored, and Jack Quinn added an RBI single with a run scored for Dayton (13-4), which scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take control.
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Adam Wuest, who had an RBI double with three runs scored, pitched the final two innings, giving up a hit, two walks, and striking out two batters to secure the win for the Bulldogs, which trailed 2-0 after the second inning.
Joe Kastner posted an RBI single, and Anthony Santucci had two singles for Dayton, which has won five of its last six and six of its last eight games.
The loss a day earlier dropped Dayton (6-2) a game behind Roselle Park (7-1) in the Union County Conference-Valley Division entering play Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs upended Roselle Park on the road, 11-10, in the first game of a home-and-home set, which all but secured the top seed in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 state tournament, when state seedings are announced next Thursday, May 18th.
“It was a big accomplishment getting the top seed in the upcoming state tournament. To play the schedule we had to play this week and win three out of the four games is a huge deal. Especially, because one of our best pitchers, Matthew (Pavick), was not available in the beginning of the week due to illness and Joe (Kastner) was not available due to pitch count rules,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “We are still alive in the conference (UCC-Valley Division), which is always our goal going into the last week of the season and we know we have to take care of business with our remaining game next week against Rahway, who beat us earlier this year so it is a big challenge we can not wait for. You never know in high school baseball, Roselle Park still has two beat two tough teams.”
Next week, the Bulldogs play Tuesday at St. Mary’s in Elizabeth (4 p.m.) and visit Rahway in a key contest on Thursday, also at 4 p.m.