BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ— The Gov. Livingston baseball team only needed five innings to clinch their win and a Savage shut-out against the Rahway Indians, 11-0, on Friday afternoon. The win improved the Highlanders' record to 12-5.
A strong start to the match placed the Highlanders in a position of dominance. The control of the field was established as outfielder Josh Katz ’16, third baseman Drew Compton ’18, first baseman Nick Cocchia ’17, and pitcher Sean Savage ’17 each attributed to a three-and-out for GL.
The Highlanders began their offensive dominance in the first, as nine of the eleven runs scored were attained in the bottom of the first inning.
With two Highlanders on base, freshman Drew Compton stepped up to the plate with a line drive down the center, sending the first of GL’s runs home. Junior Dan Baroff followed Compton’s lead, connecting with the bat, putting two more points on the board to improve the Highlanders’ lead to 3-0. After eight straight at-bats, the GL squad found itself up by nine runs.
The second inning was characterized by a three-and-out for both Rahway and GL. A grounder to first, a strikeout, and a stand-out catch by sophomore Will Jennings allowed for a quick end to the top, while no runs were scored for the Highlanders while at-bat.
Another scoreless inning during the 3rd kept the Highlanders from reaching the ten runs that would be needed to mercy the Indians. During the bottom of the 4th, however, the Highlanders clinched two more runs behind sophomore Tyler McCulloch’s RBI. After Gov. Livingston shut out Rahway in the top of the 5th, the Highlanders won by mercy rule, 11-0.
Junior pitcher Sean Savage accredits hard work and team cohesiveness to GL’s recent success.
“As a team, we are going to keep practicing hard and have fun to continue to play well this year,” Savage said, “Recently I think that we have been playing very well as a team, which is the reason for our success this year.”
Going forward, the Highlanders are looking to play their game and continue with their play to ensure a strong end to the season.
“Against tougher opponents all we have to do is keep playing sound baseball and we will be in good shape,” Savage added.
Sunday's County Tournament semifinal against Westfield was postponed due to weather and is rescheduled for Saturday, May 7 at Williams Field in Elizabeth with a 1:30 p.m. first pitch.
Up next, GL faces another loaded week playing Tuesday in Elizabeth at 4 p.m., Wednesday at home against Westfield at 4 p.m., Friday away in Plainfield at 4 p.m.
Editor's Note: Lauren Boyd is a junior at Gov. Livingston High School participating in the TAP into Berkeley Heights internship program. To learn more about the intern program contact firstname.lastname@example.org.