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Bulldogs set for Glen Ridge in Friday's NJ, S2, G1 Final

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton baseball team has prepared for this moment all season and on Friday, it comes down to one game.

Dayton (18-5), which has won three straight and six of its last seven games, will host seventh-seeded Glen Ridge (11-13) in Friday’s championship game of the NJSIAA/Wilson Sporting Goods North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament at historic Ruby Field in Springfield, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Bulldogs are coming off a masterful pitching and hitting performance by senior Matthew Pavick, who pitched a complete game three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and helped his own cause with a three-run triple to highlight a five-run fourth inning to propel top-seeded Dayton to a 5-1 home victory over fourth-seeded Ridgefield in Tuesday’s semifinals.

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Glen Ridge, which is making its second straight NJ, S2, G1 appearance under second-year head coach Liam Penberthy, got to this point by getting hot at the right time.

Sophomore Max Haberman pitched a complete game, three-hitter with three walks and eight strikeouts and senior Matt Myles added a two-run single with a run scored as Glen Ridge upended 14th-seeded North Arlington, 8-0, in Tuesday’s other semifinal in Glen Ridge.

Glen Ridge has posted two straight shutouts, including a surprising 11-0 win at second-seeded and Dayton rival, Roselle Park, in the quarterfinals last Friday and has outscored its three state tournament opponents thus far, 27-3.  Last season, Glen Ridge lost to Bloomfield Tech, 3-2, in the final.

The Bulldogs are 2-0 in previous sectional finals as they defeated Union County and conference foe Roselle Park, 12-2, in 2013 and edged Secaucus, 8-7, in 2014.

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