SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Senior Jack Conway’s first extra-base hit of the season could not have come at a better time for the Dayton baseball team on Saturday.
Conway’s three-run triple highlighted a four-run third inning to propel second-seeded Dayton to a come-from-behind 9-2 victory over tenth-seeded Shabazz in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament at historic Ruby Field in Springfield.
Dayton (14-6), which has won three of its last four and seven of its last nine games, advanced to Tuesday’s sectional semifinals and will host a familiar foe, rival and third-seeded New Providence (12-12-1) for the second time in the last four days.
First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.
Senior Vinny Pulice (7-1) came on in relief of junior Zach Gelo, throwing three scoreless innings of relief with two walks and five strikeouts to earn the win.
Gelo had two hits with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored and Tommy Saverino added two hits with a double, a RBI and a run scored to pace the Bulldogs, which improved to 8-2 at home.
Junior Justin Miranda had a two-run double in the top of the first inning to give Shabazz (10-10) a 2-0 lead.
Next up: New Providence has won four straight and five of its last six games, including a 7-4 victory over Dayton Thursday at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, in Bridgewater.
The Bulldogs have lost its last three games against the Pioneers since a 7-1 road win on May 7, 2017.
Last season, the Pioneers defeated Dayton, 9-0, in the sectional quarterfinals at home.