DAYTON - The bats are finally firing up for the Dayton Bulldogs.
Following an 11-hit, 7-0 shutout effort against Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia Saturday, Dayton backed that effort up with a sweep of St. John-Endicott/Lacrosse-Washtucna in Southeast 2B baseball Tuesday.
Colton Bickelhaupt gave the Bulldogs a complete-game shutout from the mound in the first game, a 10-0 mercy-rule victory, and Dayton withstood a three-run rally in the seventh inning of the nightcap to pick up an 8-4 victory.
"We left the bases loaded so many times it wasn't funny (in the six-game losing streak)," Dayton coach Sal Benavides said. "It made a big difference when the bottom of the lineup gets big hits as well as the top of the lineup."
Lowden Smith pitched a complete game in the nightcap and struck out 14 batters.
Bickelhaupt helped his own cause in the opener with a triple and a double.
Dayton outhit St. J-E/L-W 17-4 on the day, and had five triples, four doubles and a Hayden Fullerton home run.
The Bulldogs (5-7 SE2B, 9-9) face a road doubleheader against Liberty Christian Saturday at 11 a.m.
St. J-End 000 00 - 0 0 0
Dayton 430 12 - 10 10 1
Raynor, Bennett (5) and Stamber; Bickelhaupt and Schlachter.
HR - none.
Hits - Dayton: Smith, Yenne, Schlachter, Fullerton, Bickelhaupt 2, Turner 2, Frame 2.
St. J-End 000 100 3 - 4 4 1
Dayton 332 000 X - 8 7 3
Wigen, Bennett (3) and Stamber; Smith and Fullerton.
HR - Dayton: Fullerton.
Hits - St. John Stamber, Raynor, Smith, Wigen; Dayton: Bickelhaupt, Frame, Fullerton, Smith 2, Turner 2.