RAHWAY, NJ - The Dayton baseball team sprinkled in a taste of the future with a few dashes of senior flavor to end its season on a high note Tuesday.
Junior pitcher Vinny Pulice gave up no hits over four innings with a walk and seven strikeouts and senior Jack Quinn and sophomore Michael Cacioppo each had a single with two RBI apiece to lead Dayton to a 4-1 victory over county foe Rahway in a rescheduled, rescheduled, and finally rescheduled make-up game in Rahway.
Senior Anthony Santucci posted two singles, senior Jeff Carrier posted his 50th hit over his final two seasons with a single and sophomore Zach Gelo posted one walk and five strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings of relief to help contribute to the win.
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Carrier, Bryce Forys, William Hodic, Ryan Lashuk, Quinn, Santucci, Evan Weinberg and Adam Wuest all wore the Bulldog uniform for the last time.
“It’s a great way to end the season. Not many teams get the chance to end the season with a win so it was neat,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “Having Jack (Quinn), who has been a leader for us for the past two years, come up with a big hit to open the game up in his final game was very cool and a great way to end the season for all the seniors.”
Dayton (11-8) snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in its last six games. Rahway (15-7) dropped just its second game in its last 10 to end its season.
Cacioppo, who led the team in hits, and Pulice and Gelo will both bring experience to the mound next season.
Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Tommy Salerno, sophomore pitcher/infielder Darren Teixeira, junior outfielder Jack Conway and junior catcher Aidan Elgrably will form the corp for the Bulldogs next season.