Baseball: Gov. Livingston Highlanders Crush Cranford 16-3

Will Jennings hit for five runs in the GL 16-3 victory over Cranford. Credits: A. Hardina, TAPinto Archive

CRANFORD, NJ - The Gov. Livingston baseball team pounded out 14 hits and rolled to a 16-3, five inning victory over conference foe Cranford yesterday afternoon at Orange Avenue School, in Cranford.

The Highlanders who entered the season as the 8th ranked team in New Jersey according to NJ Advanced Media, has jumped up to  number three (NJ.Com) after winning their first four games by a combined score of 45-7. They are currently the highest ranked public school in the state. 

Will Jennings led the offense driving in five runs on two hits, which included his second home run of the season. Stephen Reid and Danny Serretti both continued their torrid hitting with two hits apiece, knocking in a combined six runs.

Sign Up for E-News

Not to be outdone by yesterday's offensive explosion, senior right hander Cole Schneider (1-0), who was making his first start of the season, pitched a gem, going all five innings while giving up only two hits and striking out a career high 9 batters. As impressive as the Highlander bats have been, the pitching staff has been equally impressive, having given up only five earned runs so far this season. 

The Highlanders wasted no time putting runs on the board against Cranford starter Ryan Abrahamson as number three hitter Serretti (2-3) ripped a two run triple deep down the right field line to give the Highlanders a 2-0 lead. However, Abrahamson settled down and struck out the next three batters to close out the top of the first.

Cranford responded with a run in the bottom of the first without the benefit of a hit. Some aggressive base running and a failed pick off allowed Brian Oblachinski to score and bring the Cougars to within a run.

The Highlander hit parade got back on track in the second inning as they scored six times. First, Jennings ripped a single down the right field line scoring two runs. Abrahamson loaded the bases giving up a hit and a walk and was relieved by Vincent Genova.  

Reid (2-3) promptly greeted Genova by ripping a double to left center scoring two more runs. The Highlanders tacked on a couple more runs and opened up an 8-1 lead.

Jennings provided the excitement in the third as he sped around the bases for a two run homer which pushed the Gov. Livingston lead to 10-1 and the rout was on.

Chris Libera who replaced Genova pitched the final 3 2/3 innings giving up 8 hits and 8 runs.  Gov. Livingston scored in all five innings of the game with six different players having multiple hits. Tyler McCulloch (1-3), Nick Cocchia (2-3) and Reid(2-3) all drove in two runs each over the next three innings, pushing the lead to double digits and allowing the game to end after five innings of play

In between the Highlanders offensive outbursts, Schneider was cruising along. He did not surrender a hit until Michael Meola connected for a two run single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Schneider yielded one more hit but closed out his 83 pitch effort holding the Cougars scoreless in the fifth,ending the game. 

The Highlanders lofty ranking will surely make them the team to circle on their opponents schedule over the coming weeks.

Next up, for the Highlanders will be home hosting undefeated Summit (6-0) on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Summit will most likely throw Ben Lim who is coming off a one hit complete game shutout of Linden. Summit chose to throw lefty Will Schaffer, a UPenn baseball commit, against New Providence on Tuesday, but he should be available on the back end of this game if need be.

The Highlanders finish the challenging week when Bergen County’s NV/ Old Tappan visits the Heights on Saturday for a non-conference battle at 12 noon. The Golden Knights bring in an experienced team led by senior pitchers James Stendl and Jack Bilali. Stendl a hard throwing lefty with a big curve ball and Bilali an aggressive hurler with good command will certainly provide a challenge to the hot Highlander lineup.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Union County 4-H Club Reaches Out to Help after Hurricane Maria

March 17, 2018

Student members of the Union County 4-H Variety Club reached across local and state borders to help displaced pets earlier this year. Through their “4-H for our 4 Pawed Friends” community service project, they collected donations to help St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison after the organization sheltered more than 700 pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

A ...

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Cancer Recovery Program Session Begins March 20

A new spring session for The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, a 12-week cancer recovery program, will begin at the Berkeley Heights YMCA on March 20, 2018. The program is a research-based physical and wellness program in which certified Summit Area YMCA trainers work with participants to achieve their goals. LIVESTRONG®  at the YMCA helps cancer survivors who find themselves in the ...

Discover Your Inner Ballet Dancer


This 8-WEEK class will be focusing on the classical technique of ballet in a fun and easy to understand manner. You can expect a full ballet class experience from working at the ballet barre, to leaping across the floor! No experience is necessary to participate. Easy to move in clothes, and socks or ballet shoes are recommended.


Diversity and Inclusion at the Summit Area YMCA

The Summit Area YMCA is more than a swim and gym. It is more than a childcare center. It is more than a nonprofit organization. It is a welcoming, safe, inclusive and globally diverse environment.

For the past 2 years, the Summit Area YMCA has been recognized as one of only 74 Y’s in the country with a Diversity and Inclusion and Global Innovation initiative. Our Y is made up of people ...

NPHS Student's Response to After School Walk-out Plan at NPHS

March 14, 2018

A group of students file into a science classroom amid a nervous din of chatter, the air is electric with excitement and nervousness. This small group of approximately 30 students are a studious bunch, largely members of the sophomore class with squeaky clean administrative histories. They are currently preparing to defy authority and stand up for what they believe in, even though they had been ...

New Providence's Allen W. Roberts School Gets Security Walk Through by Police Department after Bomb Threat

March 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department sent a letter to parents and guardians of students at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School after a non-specific bomb threat was reported on Monday afternoon.

It's the second threat  reported at a New Providence school in March. The first threat was reported on March 5th at New Providence High School.

Emergency ...

Rutgers voices support for proposed state budget

March 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University officials have often been wary of the governor's annual budget message, wondering what type of budget cuts the university may sustain and how it would potentially impact tuition and the overall quality of education.

This budget message, delivered March 13, appears to be a sigh of relief.

Pete McDonough, Vice President of External Affairs at ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, March 17, 12:00 PM

K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center, New Providence

Cooking Class Teaches Portion, Calories and Food ...

Sat, March 17, 7:00 PM

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

Footloose, The Musical @ UCPAC March 15-17, 2018

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, March 18, 10:00 AM


Camp Riverbend Open House

Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Maple Sugar Sunday



Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Surreal Places, Imaginary Spaces: A Literary Tea

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood

Maplewood Strollers Present John Patrick ...

Arts & Entertainment

JCP&L Representative Describes Utility’s Actions During Storm Quinn, Answers Residents' Questions

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The format of this week’s  Berkeley Heights 'Here and Now' was turned on its head this week. Mayor Bob Woodruff reviewed what happened in the township following Storm Quinn and its predecessor Storm Riley, complete with statistics. He then asked a representative of JCP&L questions about the utility’s response, and how it was ...

Berkeley Heights, Here and Now: Redevelopment Updates

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Mayor's Round Table has been rebranded to "Berkeley Heights, Here and Now." This new format will continue to provide updates from Mayor Bob Woodruff, municipal offices and the Communications Committee want to hear from citizens, businesses and community organizations.

Included in this episode, Mayor Bob Woodruff addresses the status of the ...

You Want a Check for How Much!

 My first admissions gig was working for a small liberal arts college with a pretty hefty price tag.  Picture me at a college fair: name tag in place, pile of brochures ready to go.  An eager family would walk up and we’d start a conversation.  One of the first questions I’d get from parents was about cost and the moment that $50,000-plus figure left my mouth I ...

Now That The Dust Has Settled…Smart Tax Moves In 2018

Now that the dust has settled, here are some smart tax moves to lower your taxes and/or avoid higher taxes/penalties in 2018. These steps may be especially helpful if you live in high property and high income tax states (e.g. New Jersey, New York, California) since state and local tax deductions are capped.  Unfortunately all these changes mean you’ll need more time and energy to ...