SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs game with Benedictine was originally scheduled for Monday, but was rescheduled to be played Wednesday on Dayton’s turf field because of the rainy weather earlier in the week. The delay was worth it as Dayton led most of the way and ultimately held on to win 8-7.
After three innings, Dayton led 8-3. Benedictine narrowed the gap by two in the fifth inning and going in to the top of the seventh inning, Dayton led 8-5. Benedictine then loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh inning, but they were only able to push two of the runners across the plate.
It was one of several jams junior pitcher Holly Wilson worked out of to get her first win of the season. Wilson also contributed at the plate hitting two of four including a triple. Her battery mate senior catcher Karly Fitzpatrick provided a lot of support behind the plate. The Bulldogs’ record is now 1-1.
Pacing the attack for the Bulldogs were senior center fielder Marinna Kwinta, sophomore at first base Maggie Phillips, and senior at second base Adrianna DeMartino. Kwinta was two of four at the plate including a triple and she had three RBIs. Phillips was also two of four at the plate. Both hits were doubles and she had three RBIs. DeMartino was one for three with two RBIs from a home run.
Junior left fielder Angelino Cacioppo was three for three including two triples and she had the other RBI. Freshman right fielder Victoria Delia made two late game catches and was one of three at the plate. Junior shortstop Amanda Lau made good contact, was walkded, and was strong in the field. Sophomore Sophie Ritter is at third base and was given several free passes at the plate.
After the game, Coach De La Llave said, “We had a much better approach at the plate today than we did on Saturday. Our offense was doing a fantastic job and everyone in the lineup was making solid contact with the ball. We need to learn to trust one another a little bit more defensively. Although we have seen some good improvements since Saturday, we still have a lot of work to do.”
For the game, Dayton had eight runs, eleven hits and they made two errors. Benedictine has seven runs, eight hits and one error.
Weather permitting Dayton’s next game is a 4:00 p.m. Thursday at home against division rival Brearley (1-1). On Saturday, Dayton plays a 4:00 p.m. home game against another division rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood (0-1).