SPRINGFIELD, NJ – In a must-win situation, senior pitcher Ryan Lashuk stepped up and Dayton’s offense awakened once again.
Lashuk scattered seven hits over five innings with one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts and senior Jack Quinn posted two hits, including a bases-clearing double, to propel eighth-seeded Dayton to an 11-1 five-inning victory over ninth-seeded Belvidere Monday in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament at historic Ruby Field.
Dayton (10-6), which snapped a two-game skid and has won 10 of its last 13 games, advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals and will visit rival and neighbor top-seeded New Providence.
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New Providence (16-6) has won two straight, three of its last five and has scored 10 runs apiece in back-to-back wins.
It was Dayton’s first full game since a 1-0 road loss at Oratory on May 10, the Bulldogs trailed 1-0 after the top of the third inning but exploded for 11 runs over the next two innings, highlighted by Quinn’s three-run double in a seven-run fourth inning.
Sophomore Michael Cacioppo had two singles with two RBI and a run scored, senior William Hodic had a two-run single with two runs scored and senior Anthony Santucci and junior Vinny Pulice each had an RBI single with two runs scored for the Bulldogs, which improved to 6-3 at home.
Senior Jeff Carrier posted an RBI double with a run scored, senior Evan Weinberg added an RBI single with a run scored and sophomore Zach Gelo had a run scored in the win.
Belvidere (9-10) saw its season end losing three straight and six of its last seven games.
Away from home this season, the Bulldogs are 4-3 and last met the Pioneers in a 7-1 road victory on May 7, 2017. In the win, then-senior Joe Kastner pitched a two-hitter with an earned run, five walks and 11 strikeouts. Brian Schramm led the offense with three hits, two RBI and a run scored.
The Bulldogs are 4-2 against the Pioneers since 2015.
Senior Night rescheduled
Ironically, the Bulldogs’ Senior Night game against, you guessed it, 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.