UNION, NJ — May we have one more dance?
Just one day after a 5-1 loss to the SPF Raiders of Scotch Plains, the Dawgs Baseball team bounced back with a 4-3 victory over Bird Ball in the 15B Eastern Morris Regional of the Last Dance Tournament at Teener Field in Union Wednesday.
Dawgs Baseball will play in its final pool play game against the Westfield Blue Devils on Thursday.
Leading 1-0 off Zach Gelo’s second RBI in as many days, Bloomsburg University-bound and newly graduated shortstop Michael Cacioppo had a bases-clearing triple in the second inning to propel the Dawgs to the win.
“That hit was really key, because if you look at it after the second inning, we didn't score any more runs, so that was huge. Yesterday, we were hitting the ball, but right at them. Today, we found some holes, which is good,” said Dawgs Baseball co-head coach Rick Gelo. “We still left too many guys on base. I can see with a lot of the players, their timing is a little off from both sides, and it's just a lack of practice and repetition, but overall, we're putting the bat on the ball, and Michael's hit was huge.”
Dawgs starter Logan Solomine pitched a complete game, allowing three runs, to earn the win.
“Logan gave us exactly what we wanted. We're a little short on pitching, because one of the seniors can't pitch, so that's huge of Logan, giving us all the length he did,” said Gelo. “We kept his pitch count, believe it or not, under 80. He got one, two, three quick outs, and he threw a lot of strikes, which is the key to keeping a low pitch count. He did a great job today.”