SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton baseball team has gotten its spark back.
Junior Jeffrey Carrier went 4-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored and senior Matthew Pavick pitched a six-hitter with an earned run, no walks, and 11 strikeouts to lead Dayton to a 7-1 victory over rival Brearley at Ruby Field in Springfield.
This season, Carrier has added a spark to the Bulldogs offense, batting .486 with 18 hits, 16 RBI, 12 runs scored, and leads the team in home runs with two.
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Junior Adam Wuest had three singles with three runs scored and senior Joe Kastner added three hits with three RBI and a run scored for Dayton (10-3), which has won two straight, three of its last four games, and posted its 10th win of the season.
Junior Will Hodic added two hits with a run scored, seniors Jonathan Holland and Anthony Monguso each had an RBI single and junior Jack Quinn posted a single for the Bulldogs.
“The kids have gotten better each day in practice and we are maturing and gaining the mental toughness to compete every pitch in every game, which will hopefully allow us to continue to stay consistent. Matthew (Pavick) stepped up big for us on the mound yesterday. He has really increased his play in all areas of his game and he has turned into a great high school player. I thought Joe Kastner was also great in the game. He got two huge two-out base hits for us that allowed us to get a cushion and relax a little in the game,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “I have confidence that those two will continue to lead us as we move into the upcoming games. I’m not sure the UCT loss to Westfield sparked us, as much as, realizing that we can compete with anybody if our minds are right. We competed in every loss this year and could easily be 13-0, however, we realize that we could also lose at any time and that is why we are so proud of 10 wins already this year.
Brearley fell to 4-5.
Upcoming: The Bulldogs take on rival New Providence at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, in Bridgewater Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.
Next week, Dayton starts the week with a home-and-home series against Roselle Park, starting on the road on Tuesday and coming back to Ruby Field on Wednesday with both games starting at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs then visit Oratory Prep in Summit on Thursday, also at 4 p.m.
The Bulldogs defeated Oratory on the road, 3-0, on April 11.