LINDEN, NJ - No. 2 Gov. Livingston softball team is heading back to the UCT Championship game by defeating No. 3 Rahway, 5-4, on Saturday at Flanagan Field in Linden. The Lady Highlanders will face No. 5 Cranford who upset No. 1 A.L. Johnson with a 6-1 victory.
Down 2-0 in the fourth, GL's ace pitcher Alanna Namit stepped up to the plate with a single, followed by a single by Stephanie Bade and Katie Debbie, while Hayley Berliner was walked. Nicole Trezza hit a single sending Bade home to cut the Indians' lead to one.
Taylor Hendrzak's drilled a single run homer to tie the game and ignite an offensive spark in the fifth. Alex Foley followed up with a double. Debbie and Trezza recorded RBIs in the fifth with Foley and Bade each scoring a run .
Bade, who was 2-for-4 in the game, singled to bring home Taylor Hendrzak in the sixth to advance GL's lead to 5-2.
Rahway's seventh inning 2-run come back attempt came up short.
Namit pitched a full seven inning game allowing 4 runs off 9 hits.
Lady Highlander will face Cranford in the Championship Game on Saturday, May 8 at Kean University at 2 p.m.
GL Box Score: Stephanie Bade (1-RBI, 2 runs scored, 2 hits), Taylor Hendrzak (1 home run, 2 runs scored, 3 hits), Nicole Trezza (2 RBIs, 1 hit), Katie Debbie (1 RBI, 2 hits), Alex Foley (1 hit), Olivia Hendrzak (1 hit), , Alanna Namit (1 hit), Jamie Belfter (1 hit)