Jonathan Dayton Baseball Gets Back on Track with 12-5 Win over Roselle Catholic

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

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The mini-slump for the Dayton baseball team is over.

Junior Anthony Santucci had two hits, including a home run, with two RBI and a run scored and junior Bryce Forys and senior Matthew Pavick each had two hits with two RBI apiece to power Dayton to a 12-5 victory over Roselle Catholic in Roselle Thursday.

Junior Jeffrey Carrier hit a solo home run for his team-leading second of the season, and seniors Jonathan Holland and Brian Schramm posted two hits with an RBI apiece for Dayton (8-2), which scored three runs in the top of the third inning en route to snapping a two-game losing streak.

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Junior Evan Weinberg gave up three hits over 4 2/3 innings with two earned runs, no walks, and two strikeouts for the win.

“We only walked two batters in seven innings yesterday, which shows we executed better in the most important part of the game,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “I thought Evan did a really nice job on the mound in his first varsity appearance of the year. He battled and picked his team up when we needed him.”

Senior Joe Kastner and junior William Hodic each had an RBI-single with a run scored and senior Anthony Monguso had an RBI with a run scored for the Bulldogs, which won its second game against Roselle Catholic this season, having defeated the Lions, 16-3, on April 10.

After each team received a first round bye, 13th-seeded Dayton visits fourth-seeded Westfield (6-7) in the second round of the Union County Tournament Saturday at 11 a.m., with the winner facing the winner between 12th-seeded Rahway and fifth-seeded Summit on Wednesday, May 3.

Westfield, which defeated Cranford, 1-0, on Thursday, has won two straight games after losing four straight.

The Bulldogs return to Ruby Field on Monday to face Roselle Park at 4 p.m.

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