SPRINGFIELD, NJ – In between Union County Tournament games, the Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs played Oak Knoll and won 9-6. The win pushed the Bulldogs record to 8-2. This is a team that has gotten strong efforts from every player.
Still, this game will be remembered as the game senior tri-captain center fielder Marinna Kwinta got hit number 100. That makes her only the second Dayton Bulldog to accomplish the feat. Brianna Koref is the other and she graduated last year. Marinna Kwinta reached what Coach Pamela called a “Big Milestone”.
The team, fans and family were ready for the moment and hoping to celebrate. They did as many of the photos with this article show.
Dayton jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings and a 9-1 lead after five innings. Oak Knoll added a run in the sixth inning and four in the seventh to narrow the gap, but it was not enough.
Marinna Kwinta was two for three, walked, stole two bases and scored two runs. She now has 101 hits in her time on the Bulldogs.
Lead-off hitter first baseman Maggie Phillips was two for three, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs. Junior Holly Wilson was three of four at the plate, had four RBIs, and scored two runs. Clean-up hitter Angelica Cacioppo went two for four and scored a run.
Starting pitcher Arianna DeMartino went one for four, had an RBI, scored a run and stole a base. The catcher Karly Fitzpatrick went two of four with two RBIs. Freshman right fielder Victoria Delia went three for four and had one RBI.
Pitching duties were divided. Arianna DeMartino pitched the first four innings and faced 15 batters and allowed one earned run. She gave up three hits, struck out three and did not walk anyone. Holly Wilson returned to the mound and gave up five runs.
Dayton had nine runs on 15 hits.
The Bulldogs play David Brearley at home tomorrow and play a quarterfinal game in the Union County Tournament at A.L. Johnson Wednesday.