SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The first inning was an indication the game against UCC – Mountain rival Union High School would be a challenge. Dayton ultimately lost the game 7-5.
In the top of the first inning, the Bulldogs left the bases loaded and came away with just one run. In the bottom of the first inning starter Holly Wilson struggled, gave up two runs and was unable to continue. Angelina DeMartino, who started at second base, pitched the remaining five innings. She gave up five runs, four earned, on nine hits. DeMartino struck out four and did not give up a walk.
After two innings Dayton trailed 5-1. The Bulldogs came back and scored two runs in the top of the third inning and two more in the top of the fourth inning, tying the game 5-5. They went scoreless after the fourth and Union answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and one more in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Dayton had its chances. They had 12 hits in 35 at bats along with three walks, which means up to ten base runners were stranded.
Junior left fielder Angelina Cacioppo had a strong game at the plate going four for four, getting two RBIs and scoring a run. Lead-off batter and sophomore catcher Maggie Phillips was three of five and scored two runs. The other two runs were scored by starting junior pitcher Holly Wilson. She was one of four at bat and also reached base on an error and drove in one run.
Union’s pitcher Alyssa Thomas pitched all seven innings; struck out eight and walked just four.
Dayton’s record for the season is 3-2 and 2-2 in their league. Union is 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a home game against Cranford High School at 4 p.m. Thursday. Next Tuesday, they play another 4 p.m. home game against Elizabeth High School.