ROSELLE PARK, NJ - All of a sudden, the battle for the top spot in the Union County Conference-Valley Division is on the line Wednesday.
Senior Joe Kastner went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored and senior Anthony Monguso and junior William Hodic each went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored apiece to lift Dayton to a wild 11-10 victory over Roselle Park in Roselle Park.
Trailing by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Roselle Park (12-4) had the bases loaded with two outs and couldn't get the tying run to plate.
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The Bulldogs now share first place in the UCC-Valley Division with Roselle Park, each having a record of 6-1, but after Wednesday, one of these teams will have sole possession.
“Today was a great win for our program because it gave us the power points we need for the state tournament. Everybody did their job today making all the plays in the beginning of the game to give us a lead that we never gave away,” said Kastner. “We just look forward to getting back to work tomorrow so we can get better.”
Junior Jeffrey Carrier had three hits, including two doubles, three RBI, and one run scored and junior Bryce Forys added two singles with two RBI and a run scored for Dayton (12-3), which has won four straight and five of its last six games.
Junior Anthony Santucci and junior Jack Quinn each had two singles apiece with a run scored and junior Ryan Lashuk gave up eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with five earned runs, two walks, and two strikeouts to get the win.
Junior Adam Wuest gave up a hit and two walks in an inning of work to register the save.
“Today's win really was a special one. Every guy came out of the gate knowing the expectations we had and what we needed to do in order to secure this big win. I think our pitchers did a real good job today controlling the game and making great pitches in tough situations,” said Monguso. “We fielded the ball very nicely and executed well at the plate. Wednesday is another huge game where we need to come prepared to play from start to finish.”
The week continues Wednesday as the Bulldogs host Roselle Park in the second game of a home-and-home series at historic Ruby Field with first pitch slated for 4 p.m.
Dayton then visits Oratory Prep in Summit on Thursday, also at 4 p.m.