SPRINGFIELD, NJ - After a season-opening seven-game win streak, the Dayton baseball team has dropped its last two games.
Junior Adam Wuest had three singles with an RBI and junior Jeffrey Carrier added two hits, including a double, with two RBI and two runs scored to pace Dayton in a wild 11-9 loss at Rahway on Monday.
Leading 4-2 after the top of the fourth inning, Rahway erupted for seven runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 9-4 advantage.
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Dayton answered with four runs of its own in the top of the fifth inning to cut Rahway’s lead to 9-8 and then tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth inning.
“It wasn’t the best played high school game I have ever been a part of, but it was a lot fun based on the effort of the kids involved,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “It came down to the last inning and our seniors had a chance to win it for us, which is all we can ask for.”
Rahway (7-4), which has won four straight and seven of its last nine games, responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hang on to the win.
Senior Johnathan Torres had a single with three RBI and a run scored, junior Andres Garcia added two RBI with two runs scored, and juniors Luis Muller and Jordan Becker each had two hits with an RBI apiece to pace the Indians.
Senior Jonathan Holland had a two-run single with a run scored, junior William Hodic added two runs scored and seniors Brian Schramm, Anthony Monguso, and Joe Kastner each had one run scored apiece for Dayton (7-2).
The Bulldogs visit Roselle Catholic on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m., visits Westfield in the first round of the Union County Tournament Saturday, and returns to Ruby Field to open a three-game homestand on Monday to face Roselle Park, also at 4 p.m.
First loss of season for the Bulldogs
Last Saturday, the tail-end of a home-and-home series didn’t work out so well for Dayton as it dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Linden in Linden for its first loss of the season.
Senior Vincent Farley pitched a four-hitter with an earned run, two walks, and six strikeouts and senior Kevin Roll, senior Antonio Olmedo, and junior Ryan Wagner each scored a run for Linden, which lost to Dayton in the first game of a home-and-home series, 8-4, on April 19 in Springfield.
The Bulldogs, which played on the road for the first time since April 11, saw its seven-game win streak snapped and was one win away from tying its best start since an eight-game win streak to start the 2014 season.
“We are still in good shape. All of our goals are still in reach and we control our own destiny. We have a simple philosophy and that is; throw strikes, make the routine play, put pressure on the other team on the bases, and have good at-bats. We did not throw strikes consistent enough in two innings out of the 14 we played the last two games and we did not make the routine play. That is why we have two losses. It can be fixed very easily,” Abbate said. “We gave up seven runs in one inning against Rahway and two in one inning against Linden, which cost us both games. That's why baseball is the greatest game - it will humble you at any point and our kids are resilient and ready to get better this week. Our kids almost won both games on pure effort, because we did not execute nearly as well as we could in all four phases and that is what I am most proud of as their coach. Their parents and the community should be proud of that too.”