COLTON — Dayton pulled out a split of a non-league baseball twin bill with a 6-3 win in the nightcap against Colton here Tuesday.
The Wildcats won the opener, 13-3.
In the nightcap, Lowden Smith continued his domination on the mound, striking out 15 Colton batters.
He was backed up by key hits by a couple eighth graders.
Spencer Conwell started a four-run, fifth-inning rally, and also knocked in an insurance run in the sixth. He also had some key defensive plays in the game.
Conwell’s sixth-inning hit was followed by an RBI single by another eighth grader, Tristan Willis, to account for the final score.
“I gave the game ball to Spencer,” Bulldogs coach Sal Benavides said.
Smith’s performance on the mound was backed by offense, Benavides said.
“The big difference was us hitting the ball for him,” he said.
Dayton has four eighth graders and some foreign exchange students playing who have never played baseball before.
“They’ve improved immensely,” Benavides said. “They’re coming through. It’s frustrating, but a hundred times more fun when they look good.”
The Bulldogs are now 3-5 overall and 2-2 in league play, and head to Pomeroy Tuesday.
Dayton 003 00 — 3 6 3
Colton 334 03 — 13 8 0
Hays and Spalinger. J. Meyer, Patchen (5) and A. Meyer.
HR — none.
Hits — Day: Warner, Spalinger, Conwell, Deus, Smith 2. Col: Druffel, Jackson, Chadwick 2, Strahan 2, Dahmen 2.
Dayton 000 040 2 — 6 7 0
Colton 201 000 0 — 3 3 1
Smith, Spalinger. Dahmen, Chadwick (5), A. Meyer (7) and Weber.
HR — none.
Hits — Day: Spalinger, Willis, Garcia, Lowden Smith 2, Spencer Conwell 2. Col: A. Meyer, C. Meyer, Dahmen.