BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Highlanders baseball team has ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the state for the first time in school history. In the latest poll released on Wednesday by NJ Advance Media (Star Ledger) the undefeated Highlanders (15-0) ranked second for the past two weeks, moved into the top slot after previously unbeaten St. Joseph-Montvale lost their first game and the Highlanders recorded three more wins. Gov. Livingston's proud baseball tradition includes three state titles and a Union County championship, but the baseball team has never been the top ranked team in the state during or at the end of any season.
"This is something I'm very proud of, but it's only May 3," said Gov. Livingston head coach Chris Roof. With 15 games played to date, Roof said, "we have a lot left."
In addition to being ranked No. 1 in New Jersey by NJ Advance Media, MAXPREPS, and the Courier News, the team has garnered some regional attention as well. USA Today HS Sports has Gov. Livingston ranked second in the Northeast/Midlantic region (13 states) and the Highlanders have also advanced to second in NEWS 12 Varsity Tri-State Top 20.
Gov. Livingston which had a preseason ranking of 8th has climbed all the way to the top spot after winning its first 15 games of the season. While there is something special and gratifying about being unbeaten and ranked number one in the state it will also bring an extreme amount of extra pressure every time the Highlanders take the field. Last week, Gov. Livingston was one of only 8 teams in the state that remained unbeaten, now the Highlanders are the only team that can make that claim as the other seven have fallen.