DAYTON — Dayton’s pitcher Lowden Smith, along with some dazzling defense behind him, restricted Tri-Cities Prep to only four hits, as the Bulldogs pulled out a 5-3 win on Friday.
The Jaguars rebounded in the night cap, however, as they forged a split with a 13-3 win.
In game one, Tri-Cities picked up a run on the strength of two Dayton errors. Smith finished the first with a pair of strikeouts, but from there relied on his defense.
The Bulldogs held the Jaguars scoreless over the next five innings, including four with only three batters coming to the plate. Dayton then tied the game in the fourth on a Logan Hays RBI. In the fifth, Christian Warner’s double and Smith’s single produced four runs to help Dayton take control.
“We beat Asotin last week the same way — no errors,” Dayton coach Sal Benavides said. “I told the kids, ‘if we don’t make errors, there isn’t anyone we can’t play with’. I thought the key was the pitching, the defense and Christian’s hitting in that fifth inning was huge.”
Dayton finishes its season with a home game against Garfield-Palouse/Tekoa-Oakesdale on Tuesday.
Tri-Cities Prep 100 000 2 — 3 4 0
Dayton 000 140 X — 5 7 2
Montelogo, Geist (5) and Hanlow. Smith and Hays.
Hits — TCP: Geist, Hanlow, Nelson (2). Dayton: Warner, Spalinger, Smith, Hays, Smay, Waggoner, Brandt.
Tri-Cities Prep 630 40 — 13 11 0
Dayton 021 00 — 3 3 4
Nelson and Hanlow. Spalinger, Warner (2) and Hays.
HR — Dayton: Smith.
Hits — TCP: Nelson, Geist, Hanlow (2), Menado (2), Amatto (2), Zilan (2), Holom. Dayton: Smith, Warner (2).