SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Jonathan Dayton softball won its second game in a row Saturday by beating UCC - Mountain rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood 10-4. The win pushed the Bulldogs record to 2-1, while Scotch Plains-Fanwood fell to 0-2.
The Bulldogs started strong scoring three runs in the first inning, two runs in the third inning and five runs in the third inning.
Coach Pamela De La Llave said, "Junior Holly Wilson had a great day for us both offensively and defensively. That home run she hit in the first was a no doubter as soon as it left the bat."
Wilson pitched a complete game, gave up five hits and one earned run, and struck out seven. She batted in six of the ten runs by getting three hits in four at bats. One of the hits was a home run. She also had a double and a single.
The coach said of the team's effort, "We were very aggressive at the plate for the first couple of innings and it showed. I'd like to see that aggression for all seven innings."
The whole team contributed. Sophomore Maggie Phillips made several good plays at first base and also went three for four at the plate. She scored two runs and had one RBI. Senior center fielder and one of the team Captains, Marinna Kwinta was two for four at the plate, score two runs and stole a base.
The other two team Captains are senior catcher Karly Fitzpatrick and senior Arianna DeMartino, who plays second base. Fitzpatrick scored a run and put is a strong game behind the plate, while DeMartino went one for three, scored a run and had one RBI.
Junior shortstop Amanda Lau scored a run and stole a base. Sophmore Sophia Ritter plays third base and went one for three, while freshman right fielder Victoria Delia hauled in several long fly balls, went one for three, scored a run and was hit by a pitch.
Dayton's next game is 4 p.m. Monday at Rahway High School followed by a 4 p.m. Tuesday game at Union High School. They return home Thursday for a 4 p.m. game against Cranford.
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