Baseball: Lashuk pitches gem in 13-0 5-inning win over Somerset Tech in 1st Round of States

Credits: Chip Dickson
Credits: Chip Dickson
Credits: Chip Dickson
Credits: Chip Dickson
Credits: Chip Dickson
Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Junior Ryan Lashuk pitched a one-hitter with two walks and senior Matthew Pavick had three hits with a double, two RBI, and three runs scored to lead top-seeded Dayton to a 13-0 five-inning victory over 16th-seeded Somerset Tech in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament in Springfield.

“Today was a great team win. I trust all those guys behind me. There is not one of them I can't count on if I need them, We can't take anything for granted and we have to play our hearts out each and every game and that is just what we all did today,” said Lashuk, who improved his record to 3-0 on the mound. “I'm proud to call those guys my brothers and we just have to keep fighting. It was a great team win and everybody did their part. We just gotta get back out there for the next one and keep fighting together as a team.”

Senior Joe Kastner had a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored and senior Jonathan Holland added two hits with a triple, two RBI, and three runs scored for Dayton (16-5), which advanced to Thursday's quarterfinals and will host eighth-seeded Becton.

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First pitch time to be determined due to Dayton’s junior/senior prom later in the evening.

Becton (9-13), which has won two straight and four of its last six games, defeated ninth-seeded Brearley, 5-4, in the first round.

Junior Jeffrey Carrier had two singles with two RBI, junior Anthony Santucci had a two-run single, junior Bryce Forys posted two hits with a double and two runs scored, and junior Adam Wuest tacked on a two-run single with two runs scored for the Bulldogs, which has won four of its last five and eight of its last 11 games.

“It was a good team win for us. Somerset Tech had a quality No. 1 pitcher and we knew that.  I thought we did a nice job putting the ball in play. Ryan (Lashuk) did a great job throwing strikes and making them put the ball in play,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “It is not easy to win tournament games and we are ready for the next challenge tomorrow against another good team in Becton. Our guys are very focused and not scared to lose, so I know we will be ready for the challenge and will be ready to compete every pitch.”

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