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GL Baseball Continues Early Season Success with 14-1 Win over Plainfield

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GL sophomore third baseman John Tedesco gets set for a play during the Highlander's 14-1 win over Plainfield on Wednesday.  Credits: Tim LeCras
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Highlander pitcher Ryan Jennings throws a pitch to catcher Rob Dilly during Wednesday's 14-1 win over Plainfield. Credits: Tim LeCras
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The Governor Livingston varsity baseball team defeated Plainfield 14-1 to improve to 2-0 on the season. They will host Madison on Saturday in the Varsity Classic. Credits: Tim LeCras
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston varsity baseball team continued their early season success with a 14-1 win over Plainfield on Wednesday.

Junior Ryan Jennings earned the win for the Highlanders, not allowing a hit in his first outing of the regular season.

"I thought it was pretty good," Jennings said. "I thought i did a good job throwing strikes today. With the cold weather, I knew that i just had to locate today because my velocity wasn't going to be as high as it usually is."

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Head coach Chris Roof came away impressed with Jennings and the team as a whole, but knows the schedule gets tougher from here.

"I wish it would be that easy all year," Roof said. "I thought we did what we were supposed to do. The best part was it gave everyone a chance to play today and try to get at-bats."

The Highlanders opened the game similar to their 10-run opening on Tuesday. Jennings, Steve Duda and Ian Woods each recorded a hit to start the contest, with Duda and Woods earning RBIs to put Plainfield on their heels before recording an out.

After scoring four runs in the first, the Highlanders added four more in the second. Sophomore John Tedesco led the frame off with a shard double to left center. Following a groundout and a walk, Woods roped a run scoring single then Ian Lynch hit an RBI double to right centerfield.

The Ian-to-Ian combination has worked so far this season. Batting in the three and four holes, the two have combined for 12 RBIs in the first two games.

"I bat them third and fourth for a reason, because their good," Roof said. "Woods had two hits and two more RBIs and Lynch was 2-for-4 with two more RBIs."

Jennings was thankful for the strong offensive performance over the last few games, as it has provided the young pitching rotation with a chance to relax and focus on pitching strikes.

It was a good first two games. Now the season starts on Saturday. No more of these games and let's play some real baseball and get some real hits."

The Highlanders will host Madison in their sponsored tournament on Saturday, a game that Roof said is the first of a string of tough games his team will play over the next couple of weeks.

"It just lets you know that all you have to do is throw strikes and let your defense work for you," Jennings said. "You don't have to do too much because you have run support."

Despite the one-sidedness of the first two games, Roof understands that the schedule only gets tougher from here.

The Highlanders host Madison on Saturday in the first round of the Governor Livingston Varsity Classic, then open league play next week with games against Westfield, Linden and Union.

"I couldn't have asked for two better games to start the season with a young team. It builds our confidence a little bit and we get to work on things, almost like a scrimmage," Roof said. "Hopefully that will translate into Saturday playing well and going into next week and playing well against three league opponents and hopefully the championship round of our tournament."

First pitch from the GL varsity baseball field is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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