Sports

Sloppy Defense Sinks Governor Livingston Baseball Against Cranford

4fbc18848291b94cb03d_EthanFrohman4-18.JPG
Frohman looks on as he waits for the pitch to be delivered. Credits: Jose Ortiz
a653f6514465178cf000_CIMG3013.JPG
27de168a21d3e0b4bd09_Natelli4-18.JPG
Natelli trots around second base after hitting a two-run homer. Credits: Jose Ortiz
657a007eae73251ed9ce_Roof4-18.JPG
Head coach, Chris Roof walks off of the field. Credits: Jose Ortiz
bb825d32b928c251ab0a_RyanJennings4-18.JPG
Ryan Jennings winds up for the pitch. Credits: Jose Ortiz
4fbc18848291b94cb03d_EthanFrohman4-18.JPG

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Up 2-0 in the top of the second, with two Cranford hitters already retired, it looked as though the Governor Livingston baseball team had a serious chance to upset the state's second ranked baseball team, and knock off their second straight undefeated opponent.

But the Highlanders made two consecutive fielding errors, opening the door for a three-run Cranford rally, giving away their early momentum. Governor Livingston was never able to get it back, adding two more errors in a nine-run fourth inning, and eventually fell in a 13-3, five-inning mercy rule at home on a brisk Thursday afternoon.

"When you don't make plays, you don't win. That's really the bottom line," said Governor Livingston head coach Chris Roof. "Yeah, yeah it's a young team, young team, young team, but it's a learning lesson, it's a good bunch of kids. They were ready to play, but when you make five errors, you don't deserve to win."

Sign Up for E-News

In the bottom of the first inning, Barron Natelli gave Governor Livingston an early lead when he turned around a two-out pitch and deposited it over the leftfield netting, for a two-run homer. With two outs and a runner on in the top of the second, a hard hit groundball ate up the Highlander third baseman, allowing Cranford's first run to score. In the next at bat, Governor Livingston's right-fielder lost track of a pop-up and let it drop, putting runners on the corners. Cranford's Sean Freeney took advantage of getting a fifth out, crushing a two-run double to right, giving the Cougars the lead for good.

"We're very big on keeping the momentum in our dugout, and when stuff like that happens, the momentum trickles over to the other side," Roof said. "If we could've played some defense today, we could've made it a closer game, no doubt about it."

Cranford's Chris Folinusz led off the third with a solo homer to center, but in the bottom of the third, Ryan Jennings, who reached on a ground-rule double, was driven in by Steve Duda, to bring the locals back within one, at 4-3.

But everything fell apart in the fourth inning for Governor Livingston. A shortstop error turned what would've been at least one out and maybe an inning ending double play, into a two-on and one out situation for Freeney. Just as he did in the second, he blasted a two-run double to right, putting Cranford up, 6-3. After a walk put two more runners on with just one out, Folinusz knocked in another run with a double, and then two more Cranford runs scored in the next at bat because of another Governor Livingston error.

"I think we should beat everybody, that's just the mentality that I have," said senior Justin Ennis. "It was there for us, it was there for us to take it and we just didn't take advantage of it today."

The Cougars wound up adding four more runs in the inning, getting a pair of RBI from Tommy Trotter, and one from both Alex Plick and Sam Scher. Governor Livingston managed two walks and two hits over the next two innings, and had runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth, but couldn't get a big hit to extend the game.

"I thought today, on this given day, this team was not 10 runs better than us, and that's what we told the kids," Roof said.

It's difficult to fairly grade Jennings's performance on the mound. Only six of the 13 runs he allowed were earned, and because of the errors made behind him, his pitch count had swelled to 91 with just one out in the fourth. John Tomlinson came in relief of Jennings in the fourth, allowing two inherited runners to score, but not giving up any earned runs.

Cranford improved to 6-0, while the Highlanders dropped to 5-3 following the loss. They have a quick turnaround, as the locals will be in Elizabeth tomorrow looking to bounce back against the 5-6 squad.

"Anytime you get a big win, or you lose by one, it's the 24 hour rule," Ennis said. "After 24 hours, it's over with, you have to move on to the next game."

   

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Have Your Voice Heard Tonight on Vote for $4 Million Extra for Municipal Complex

July 10, 2018

The Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project is the largest and most expensive local public project we will likely witness as Berkeley Heights residents. It is a vast responsibility. Therefore, it was concerning to learn that the Township Council and Mayor placed an ordinance on the agenda June 26 for an additional $4 million for the municipal complex without much regard to time.

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...

Beneficiary Forms - As Important as Your Will

As you plan for the future, don’t leave out one of the most overlooked must-do’s: naming the beneficiaries of your retirement assets. Updating your beneficiary forms ensures that the legacy you worked so hard to build will be distributed correctly. Don’t delay -- the designations on your beneficiary forms supersede those stated in your Will. 

Try answering the ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Festival Continues July 18 at Echo Lake Park Featuring 5 Against 1

July 15, 2018

The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday July 18, with the band 5 Against 1, a Pearl Jam  tribute band, taking the stage at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The free series, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders,is held at Echo Lake Park during July and moves to Oak Ridge Park in Clark during August.

5 Against 1, which ...

Award-Winning Senior Art Exhibited at Freeholders Gallery

A new exhibit of award winning artworks by local artists age 60 and up is now on display at the Freeholders Gallery through August 29. Each of the 13 works received first place honors in the countywide Senior Art Exhibit held earlier this summer in the Atrium at Liberty Hall in Union Township.

“Each in their own unique way, these artists have contributed to an enriching, creative ...

Union County Students Invited to Experience a Unique Silent Party

Students ages 12 to 16 are invited to “Youth Chella,” a silent party scheduled for Friday, Aug.16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Union County’s Watchung Reservation at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

Admission and refreshments are free with the donation of a snack item. The donations will be provided to students in the ...

Diahann Lassus Named in Investopedia 100 for 2018!

Diahann W. Lassus, CFP®, CPA/PFS and President of Lassus Wherley has been named in Investopedia’s second annual ranking of the most influential financial advisors in the U.S., called the Investopedia 100.

The advisors that comprise the Investopedia 100 were selected from hundreds of applicants and stand out for their contributions to conversations about financial literacy, investing ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Warnings in Effect for Berkeley Heights Tuesday Afternoon

July 3, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Union County until 2:30 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 5 p.m.

“Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding,” the service warned. “Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.”

Sign up for our free enews and get ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, July 17, 10:00 AM

Healing the Children, new providence

Summit Old Guard

Giving Back

Wed, July 18, 10:30 AM

Berkeley Heights Public Library, Berkeley Heights

Story Time & Craft with DIVA DELORES AND THE ...

Other

Carousel_image_b91f21bd7ac6c164e408_wednesday_matinees_at_trailside

Wed, July 18, 1:30 PM

Trailside Nature & Science Center, MountainsidE

Trailside’s Annual Summer Wednesday Matinee ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_f315283ead6566b0f0d0_24b31797abd0cb2d199e_senior_bbq

Wed, July 18, 6:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Senior Summer BBQ at the Summit YMCA

Food & Drink

Wed, July 18, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sing Four to Feature Brahms

Arts & Entertainment

Special June Episode of 'Berkeley Heights Here & Now' Features 6th Annual Street Fair

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) today announced a special edition of Berkeley Heights Here & Now is available on the Township website, www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov.

 

The special episode features the 6th Annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair held on June 24 and includes onsite interviews with attending residents/visitors, event ...

Women Have Special Financial Needs That Advisors Overlook

Women have special financial needs that advisors overlook in two ways: 1) advisors don’t always acknowledge the different planning needs women have and 2) advisors don’t always communicate well with female clients – especially if the client comes to a meeting with her husband. It’s very common for a male advisor to spend much or most of the face time in meetings talking to ...

5 Things You Should Know About Your Air Conditioner

How an air conditioner works

Air conditioners use refrigeration to cool indoor air. When a liquid converts to a gas, it absorbs heat. This process is called phase conversion. Air conditioners use phase conversion by forcing refrigerants to evaporate and condense over and over in a closed system of coils. 

What air conditioner filters do

Filters remove particles from the air, keeping ...