SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs won a game that was tied several times as both teams took turns coming from behind. In the bottom of the third inning, the Bulldogs pulled ahead to stay by scoring five runs leading to a victory over the Elizabeth Minutemen, 12-8.
After the game, Jonathan Dayton’s Manager Pamela De La Flave said, “We did a phenomenal job today. Not only did we beat one of the top teams in the county, we also out hit them.” She added, “Everyone in the line-up contributed and battled. This was a huge win and confidence booster. I’m so proud of these girls.”
Elizabeth scored two in the top of the first and Dayton came back with five runs in the bottom of the inning followed by another run in the bottom of the second inning. The Minutemen tied the game with four runs in the top of third inning, only to have the Bulldogs match their output in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead 10-6. Both teams scored two runs in the fifth inning.
Sophomore first basemen Maggie Phillips was four of five and scored two runs. Batting second was senior center fielder Marinna Kwinta who was two of four, walked, scored three runs and stole a base. Junior Holly Wilson was one of four with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
Junior left fielder Angelina Cacioppo batted cleanup, was one of four, hit by a pitch, had two RBIs and scored two runs. Junior shortstop Amanda Lau was two of four and scored two runs and had an RBI. Junior third baseman Sophia Ritter had one official at bat and three walks. Senior catcher Karly Fitzpatrick went one for four and knocked in a run. Freshman right fielder Victoria Delia was also one for four with an RBI.
Senior pitcher Arianna DeMartino helped herself at the plate by drawing three walks, stealing two bases and scoring two runs. DeMartino pitched a seven inning complete game allowing six earned runs and only giving up two walks. The Bulldogs provided her with strong defense including freshman second baseman Haeley Santos.
The Bulldogs had eleven hits in 31 at bats. With the win the Bulldogs are now 5-2.
Dayton’s next game is Thursday at Benedictine Academy.