CARTERET, NJ - There were no first game jitters for the Governor Livingston varsity baseball team on Tuesday. It was just business as usual as the Highlanders opened their season with a 13-3 win over Carteret.
"This was a game I thought we should have won going in," head coach Chris Roof said. "[Games like this[ makes the kids who are kind of new settle in. For a lot of them, this was their first varsity appearance."
The Highlanders owned the first innings. Offensively, Governor Livingston opened the game by hitting through the lineup, scoring six runs in the process.
"The first inning alone we had six of our 15 hits in nine batters," Roof said. "The first four guys got singles. Seven of the nine players reached base."
Sophomore shortstop Ian Lynch led the Highlander charge, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Lynch, along with Steve Duda, Ian Woods, Pat Mahoney and Ryan Jennings combined to go 10-for-14 with nine runs and nine RBIs.
Sophomore lefty Ethan Frohman made the start for GL, tossing four innings, allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts.
Right-handed senior John Tomlinson threw a 1-2-3 fifth inning to close out the game.
For a team that has little experience in their pitching staff beyond their top two pitchers, Roof said the team gained valuable experience in the pre-season.
"We scrimmaged the best teams in the state," Roof said. "The kids held their own. As long as [the pitchers] hit their spots, they'll be fine."
The Highlanders will host Plainfield on Wednesday. Junior lefty Ryan Jennings gets the start for Governor Livingston. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.