SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs beat the Union Catholic Vikings in the first round of the Union County Tournament 12-3 Thursday. The Bulldogs broke a close game against the Vikings wide open in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs were seeded six and the Vikings were seeded eleven.
The Vikings got an early lead from a two run first inning. The Bulldogs got one back when junior left fielder Angelina Cacioppo singled in junior Holly Wilson who tripled. The Bulldogs tied the game in the third inning and both teams got a run in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning the Bulldogs erupted for nine runs.
Senior pitcher Arianna DeMartino settled down after a rocky first inning and had another strong out. She allowed eight hits and two earned runs, struck out five and did not walk a batter. She is 4-0 since taking over the pitching duties.
At the plate, the top of the order was very strong. Lead-off batter and first baseman sophomore Maggie Phillips was three of five, scored three runs and had one RBI. Senior center fielder Marinna Kwinta was three of four and a walk and she scored a run. She had three RBIs and a stolen base. Wilson was two of five and both hits were triples. She had three RBIs. Cacioppo was two of three, walked and had an RBI.
Junior shortstop Amanda Lau went one for three with and RBI and she scored a run. DeMartino scored a run and her battery mate, senior catcher Karly Fitzpatrick scored two runs and was one for three. Sophomore third baseman Sophia Ritter played the entire game despite getting hit in the head in the second inning.
Freshman right fielder Victoria Delia had her best game at the plate going three for four and scoring two runs.
The Bulldogs had 12 runs on 15 hits and they made two errors. Their record for the season is 7-2 and they are scheduled to play the quarterfinals game Wednesday. Plainfield and Rahway are playing today and the winner will play at Johnson tomorrow. Dayton plays Oak Knoll at home Monday.