BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Starting pitcher, Alanna Namit, led the way with twelve strikeouts to secure a 10-0 Highlander victory against Scotch Plains within just five innings on Friday at Gov. Livingston. This win finalized GL's regular season record to 16-8.
Gov. Livingston returned to the field determined to go out with a bang for their last regular season game. The Highlanders quickly established their defensive dominance by allowing only two hits and no runs in the first inning. After an impressive performance on the field, Governor Livingston retired to the dug out, prepared to make their bats come alive against the Raider defense. Due to a series of exciting at bats and unfortunate Raider blunders, the Highlander squad was able to score five runs.
Sophomore Alyssa Lombardi's double sent Aislinn O'Keefe home at the end of the inning, which perpetuated the momentum into the top of the second. Namit returned to the mound reenergized and demonstrated her control by striking out the side to send Gov. Livingston into the bottom of the second. The Highlanders continued their offensive execution by adding three more runs to the scoreboard.
This exhilarating inning, transitioned into a rather uneventful third inning with both teams unable to score. However, in the bottom of the fourth, junior Christine Pacheco was able to revive Governor Livingston's offensive stride with a line drive to right field. This set up Lombardi to convert a single and sophomore Jaime Belfer to slam a clutch double sending O'Keefe and Pacheco home. These last two runs advanced the score to 10-0. Namit finished the Raiders off by striking out the side once again.
Namit finished the game with a remarkable twelve strikeouts.
Namit recognizes that the Highlanders' road to the state championship will not be easy. "It's going to be a battle, but I know our hard work will lead us through some of the tough teams," said Namit.
No. 5 seed Governor Livingston is scheduled to face off No 12 seed Lincoln in the first round of the NJSIAA tournament this Monday, at 4 p.m.