Pitching leads Dayton past Pirates

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DAYTON — The Dayton High School baseball team got a big boost from pitcher Lowden Smith, as the Bulldogs beat Pomeroy, 5-2, on Tuesday.

Smith struck out eight Pirates over his five innings of work. More importantly, he gave himself the run support he needed with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first frame.

After the top two Dayton (5-0) batters led off with walks, Smith powered a shot over the right field line to put the Bulldogs in front for good.

“The only two batters (Havin Heytvelt) walked were the first two and they come back to score on that home run,” Pomeroy coach Dave Boyer said. “I was really pleased with the way Heytvelt pitched. I thought he handled the Dayton batters really well.”

“He only had eight strikeouts,” Dayton coach Sal Benavides said of Smith. “He wasn’t quite as sharp, but we hung in there as a team. I hope we pick it up a little bit for this weekend.”

Dayton’s defense also aided their senior starter, as the Bulldogs got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning with a crucial double play. Pinch hitter Logan Hays then added to the Dayton lead in the fourth inning, as he brought in a run with a single.

Pomeroy, which had seven hits of its own, had trouble advancing runners against Dayton’s defense.

“We left eight runners on and Dayton only left four runners on,” Boyer said.

The Bulldogs travel to play DeSales at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Pomeroy faces Liberty Spangle at noon on Saturday.

Dayton 5, Pomeroy 2

Pomeroy 010 010 0 — 2 7 1

Dayton 300 110 X — 5 7 2

Ha. Heytvelt and Ho. Heytvelt. Smith, Spalinger (6) and Spalinger and Hays (6).

HR — Smith.

Hits — Pomeroy: Slaybaugh, McGreevy, Bott, Ho. Heytvelt, Morfin, Gingerich (2). Dayton: Warner, Spalinger, Ramirez, Loper, Hays, Smith (2).

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