BRIDGEWATER, NJ – In the annual rite of spring for the Dayton baseball team, eight seniors were recognized Wednesday night at Bridgewater’s TD Bank Ballpark prior to its matchup with rival and neighbor New Providence.
Jeff Carrier, Bryce Forys, William Hodic, Ryan Lashuk, Jack Quinn, Anthony Santucci, Evan Weinberg and Adam Wuest all were honored with their parents, family, classmates and fans prior to the game.
Meeting for the second time in six days, New Providence rallied to defeat Dayton, 4-3, highlighted by a three-run sixth inning to secure the win.
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Santucci had two doubles with two RBI and Weinberg, Wuest and Forys each scored a run for Dayton, which led 3-0 after the second inning. Junior Vinny Pulice, Weinberg, Hodic and Forys each added a single apiece for the Bulldogs (10-8), which has lost two straight and four of its last five games.
Lashuk scattered eight hits over five innings with four earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts to take the loss.
“The kids played really hard and we were one play away from beating a good team. Out of our eight losses this was the case for most of them. One or two plays away from winning them all, but that is baseball,” said Dayton head coach Michael Abbate. “Energy and effort have been really consistent throughout the year and that is a tribute to our seniors. I love our senior group this year. They are one of the most respectful and easy to work with groups I have ever coached. They will be missed and their parents should be very proud of the young men they have become over these four years!”
A week ago, junior pitcher Ryan Sherman pitched a three-hitter with one walk and four strikeouts and junior Chris Kubas had two doubles with three RBI and a run scored to lead the top-seeded Pioneers to a 9-0 home win over eighth-seeded Dayton in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament.
New Providence (19-6) has won five straight and six of its last eight games and will host third-seeded Dunellen in the final of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament on Friday with first pitch slated for 3 p.m.
The final game of the Bulldogs’ 2018 campaign will be at Rahway in a make-up game on Friday at 4 p.m.
Rahway (15-6) has won eight of its last nine games.