Governor Livingston Baseball Set for Tough 3-Day Stretch

Credits: Tim LeCras
Credits: Tim LeCras
Credits: Tim LeCras

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston baseball team was one out away from remaining perfect through the first week and a half of the 2013 season. On Tuesday night, it just wasn't meant to be, as the Highlanders allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose their first game of the year to Westfield, 7-6.

The young Governor Livingston team has no time to sulk following the defeat, as the Highlanders will embark on a stretch of three games, in three days beginning with a home contest against Linden on Thursday.

"Its not a good feeling," Governor Livingston head coach Chris Roof said. "Especially the fact that we outplayed them. We have to get over it. Like I told the kids, we have a 24-hour rule. We will win a game that we're not supposed to win."

Sign Up for E-News

Tuesday's game against the Blue Devils was their first true test of the season, after beating Carteret, Plainfield and Madison to open the year.  However, the upcoming stretch against the Tigers on Thursday, Union on Friday and Saturday's Governor Livingston Classic championship game with Newark Academy will show a lot to Roof and his coaching staff.

Linden, who enter Thursday's game with a 2-3 record, is a team "that can beat you," according to Roof. While Union and Newark Academy have a combined nine wins so far.

"They were upset, really aggravated," Roof said of his team following Tuesday's loss. "They didn't say anything [following the game.] They have to turn around real quick. It tells a lot about our team. We were down 2-0 and fought right back. We have a good group of guys."

While the season is still young, only four games deep for the Highlanders, there are still many spots to be decided on the team's game-to-game, inning-to-inning management.

"There's a lot of roles that still have to be played out," Roof said. "Especially as a pitcher. I don't know who the 1-2-3 pitchers will be until the beginning of May. There are going to be young kids that we will throw into spots to see what they can do."

While the Governor Livingston coaching staff works to figure out the bullpen roles, the starting pitching seems to have found some fluidity with Steve Duda, Ryan Jennings and Justin Ennis taking control of the mound early in games.

Duda, who predominantly plays second base, will get the start on Thursday against Linden. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Governor Livingston High School.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

2018 Gov. Livingston Highlander Softball Clinic Set for March 19

February 20, 2018

Come join and learn from the 2017 Union County Softball Champion Gov. Livingston coaches and varsity players on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Activities will include the following fastpitch softball skills:

Batting Techniques
Throwing Mechanics
Base Running

Who: Children grades 1-7 of any skill level or ability

Where: Gov. Livingston High School, 175 ...

Mike Zuko at Salem Roadhouse Cafe

Raised on a diet of The Beatles, Buddy Holly and The Doors, Michael Zuko was exposed first hand to the thrilling music of the legendary 70s NYC club scene. Zuko and the band show a skilled singer-songwriter who is backed by solid musical talent, bringing original, fresh and intelligent lyrics to the stage. A true entertainer, Mike engages the audience fully and leaves them wanting more. Mike and ...

German Language School of Morris County Raises $1,000 for Market Street Mission

February, the month of all things red and romantic with red, hearts, roses, and chocolates, is also a time to show our love of friends and community. Students from the German Language School of Morris County ( and, took that lesson to heart and raised $1,000 for The Market Street Mission (, a Morristown haven for the needy for more than ...

Kick Off for the Relay for Life of Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence & Summit 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There will be a Kick Off for Relay for Life on Thursday, March 1st. It will be held at the Gov. Livingston High School Cafeteria at 7pm.  The theme of Kick Off is Back TO GL - we envision a future that is cancer free. Everything you need to know about Relay for Life will be presented in an interactive setting. Relay ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

February 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Colleen Mahr Is The Leader Our Party Needs

Dear Editor:

My name is Patti Murgo. I am Committeewoman in Linden’s Eighth Ward. I am a life-long  DEMOCRAT, a party activist, and a believer in what being a democrat stands for. Last week, I received a piece of literature from our municipal chairman, Nick Scutari, regarding his “plans” for the County Democratic Party if he is elected county chairman.


Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, February 20

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, February 21

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, February 21, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

The Underground Railroad Documentary

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, February 22

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Thu, February 22, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

Fri, February 23

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Invest Like a Tortoise -- Not Like a Hare

Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” is a perfect metaphor for the way people go about investing their money. As you recall in the fable, the hare brags about his ability to beat the tortoise and is overly confident about winning. In the investment world, the hare is someone who thinks he or she is great at selecting “winners” and avoiding “losers.” The ...