SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton boys baseball team started its season Monday in fine fashion, thanks to the senior arm of Joe Kastner.
The Farleigh Dickinson University (Florham Park)-bound Kastner, who threw 82 pitches, pitched a five-inning, complete game, no-hitter with three walks and eight strikeouts and junior Bryce Forys added two hits with two runs scored to lead Dayton to an 11-0 season-opening victory over Brearley at Black Brook Park in Kenilworth.
“I thought I pitched well. I had three walks so I can definitely improve on that. My teammates made some really good plays, staying down on hard ground balls and going back on some fly balls,” said Kastner, who threw his first-ever no-hitter. “This was an important win for us, because Brearley is our conference rival and it's always good to start the season off strong. Last year I struggled in our season opener and we fell to 0-1. This year we are 1-0 and we are going to keep going one game at a time.”
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Junior Jack Quinn added two hits with three runs scored, Adam Wuest and Matthew Pavick each had two hits apiece, and junior Anthony Monguso added a two-run double for Dayton (1-0), which exploded for six runs in the top of the second inning to break the game open.
“To come out and throw a no-hitter in your first outing is a great way to start off his senior season and it shows how all the hard work he has put in this preseason has paid off,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “He definitely had to battle because he did not have all his pitches working and that is what I am most proud of. I think the kids had great focus throughout the game and the right mindset, which allowed them to get their first conference win. However, they know we need to get better and that is what we will try to do whenever we get back out there because of the weather.”
Senior Jonathan Holland also had two singles for the Bulldogs, which will play its home opener (pending weather) Thursday versus Roselle Park with first pitch slated for 4 p.m. and then visit Rahway on Friday.