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Bulldogs run past Rittman, struggle against Wooster

ARCHIVE PHOTO BY LISA McGINTY | LMc Photography

Colter Chupp gets the out at first. 

By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer

Dalton High School’s varsity baseball team easily handled Rittman for two games, but they ended the week with a tough loss to Wooster. The Dawgs are 9-9 overall on the season and 6-4 against WCAL teams.

Dalton traveled to Rittman April 26 and took the 13-3 victory. The Dawgs scored three runs to start the game. Isaac Wengerd drilled a two-run single during Dalton’s four-run second inning. Rittman drove in one run in the bottom of the second. The Dawgs plated two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, while Rittman scored two runs in the fifth. In the sixth, Jaden Schlabach walked and then came home on a double by Grant Johnson. Johnson scored Dalton’s final run of the game on an Owen Beatty sacrifice fly. Wengerd was the winning pitcher after giving up three runs on five hits in a complete game. He issued one walk and recorded five strikeouts.

The Dawgs continued their success over Rittman when they played host April 27. Dalton won 12-2. Colter Chupp brought home Cade Mullet for the first run of the game. Both teams scored a run apiece in the second inning. Dalton scored two runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth, which was highlighted by a two-run single from Jack Steiner. Rittman scored one run in the top of the sixth and the Dawgs returned with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Justin Basinger received the win. He went the distance and gave up two runs on eight hits, one walk and struck out six hitters.

Dalton ran into some problems during its April 30 road game against Wooster. The Generals won 3-2. Wooster scored the first two runs of the game in the third inning. They scored one additional run in the fifth inning. Dalton was scoreless until Beatty scored on a passed ball in the sixth. Johnson doubled in Chupp in the seventh, but the Dawgs could not overcome Wooster. Seth Wyckoff took the loss. He gave up three runs on eight hits during the complete game. Wyckoff issued two walks and had two strikeouts.

Dalton’s head coach Scott Huth shared his frustrations about his team’s difficulties this season.

“We keep getting close and keep losing,” he said. “If we could make one additional play per game or ever get some timely hitting, I believe we would have at least five more wins.”

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