BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston hitters took advantage of fielding errors Saturday as the Highlanders overtook the Chatham Cougars 10-3 at GL's Highlander Classic Tournament.
Chatham had strong bats against sophomore starting pitcher Vin Doren -- allowing six hits with a double by Jake Belvich. The Highlanders fell into a 3-0 first-inning hole when the Cougars received a two-run single from Ryan Barnett and an RBI single from Chris Delsandro.
GL provided a forceful response -- reacting with a 10 run barrage, including five runs in the first frame, four runs in the third and one in the sixth in the 10-3 victory.
"We came back to score five in the first inning, we'll take it," said Coach Chris Roof, satisfied with his team's overall effort in achieving a 10-run tally.
GL took advantage of fielding errors and four hit batters to plate five runs in the first. A single by senior Ian Lynch drove home junior Josh Katz, followed by senior John Tedesco hitting a double by error -- seniors Mike Falk, Ethan Frohman and Ryan Zucker each drove in runs in successive at-bats. The inning ended with a driving grounder by senior Rob Dilly hitting Zucker en route to third for the third out.
GL struck for four additional runs on four hits in the third inning with a double by Frohman, a single RBI by junior Brian Cranston, an RBI by Zucker, a single RBI by Dilly and a single RBI by Katz.
GL scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Lynch sending Nick Cocchia home to add one more run to their run tally, leading Chatham 10-3 for the victory.
Doren earned the win by going four innings allowing three runs on nine hits.
Relief pitcher Matt Bruno began the early bullpen warm up and was confident that when he hit the mound, leading by a comfortable margin, he would get the job done. "I know I have a good fielding team behind me and if I threw strikes and if they put the ball into play, I would be ok," said Bruno. "I felt really good coming out, it was a good day to play."
Bruno and senior Vinny Polimeni combined to pitch the final three innings -- retiring all Chatham batters, ending in consecutive 1-2-3 innings.
GL will play New Providence in the Highlander Classic Championship game next Saturday, April 11. Chatham will play Kinnelon in the consolation game.