Softball: Gov. Livingston Advances in UCT After a Close 2-1 Victory Over Summit

Credits: John Haddad -- Archive Photo

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Top seeded Gov. Livingston defeated eighth-seeded Summit 2-1 Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Livingston's dominant defensive performance enabled the Highlanders to advance to the semifinal round of the Union County Tournament and claim their twelfth consecutive win.

Senior Maddie Phillips allowed only five hits and no walks throughout the first five innings. Senior Alanna Namit stepped in to provide relief for the last two innings, yielding only one hit and five strikeouts. Namit also led Gov. Livingston with three hits and two RBIs. Junior Jaime Belfer and Alyssa Lombardi both recorded two hits while adding a run each.

Gov. Livingston immediately got off to a strong start due to their brilliant defensive performance in the first inning. The Highlanders outfield was quickly able to grab two pop flies in the first two plays of the game. Phillips finished off the top of the first with a strikeout to retire the sides. Gov. Livingston returned to the dug out determined to replicate their success at the plate. Belfer started the Highlanders off with a bunt to get onto first. Namit followed with a slam to center field, knocking Belfer home. However, the Hilltoppers quickly recovered before GL could continue their momentum with a double play to send the game into the second.

Sign Up for E-News

After a stagnant second inning, the stifling Highlander defense continued to hinder Summit from creating an offensive spark. Gov. Livingston carried this confidence to the plate as Namit and senior Katie Debbie converted two base hits with the first two at-bats. Senior Nicole Trezza followed up with a bunt to load the bases. The Highlanders seemed to be in the perfect position to score, however, the Hilltoppers defense soured their momentum by fielding a Highlander line drive and striking out the next GL batter.

Summit was finally able to generate an offensive spark with a single to left field. This set up senior Sami Auerbach to smash a a triple to left field, sending the Summit runner home tying the game 1-1. However, GL responded in the bottom of the fourth with a clutch RBI from Namit, allowing the Highlanders to take a one run lead into the fifth. 

During the last two innings, the Highlanders continued to struggle offensively  with a series of groundouts and popouts. Unfazed, Namit remained poised on the mound by striking out two of the four batters in the sixth inning and striking out the side in the seventh. 

The Highlanders (16-2) will face Cranford next (9-4) in the semifinal round this Saturday at 3 p.m.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

New Providence Recreation Offers Adult Summer Programs

June 20, 2018

New Providence Recreation is accepting registrations for adult evening and daytime programs that run June 25th – August 31st.  Most of the eight to nine-week sessions are under $65; several programs are free for NP residents!  All levels of fitness and those returning to exercise are welcome.

Programs are offered starting at 6 a.m.. If you are seeking weight loss, core body ...

Summit Community Blood Drive is Sunday; First 50 donors Will Get a Free Union Theater Movie Pass

The weather may have just started to warm up, but New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) is already urging the public to donate blood as we head into the summer months.  With schools closing and vacations scheduled, less people donate blood from June through August but transfusions are still needed for local patients.   

“We’re especially thankful to our dedicated donors ...

Union County College Hires New Dean of Humanities

CRANFORD – Dr. Melissa R. Sande is the new Dean of Humanities for Union County College. Dr. Sande joined Union in the fall of 2013 as a full-time instructor of English. She has more than ten years of teaching experience and has previously served as a program coordinator, writing tutor, and an adjunct instructor.

As the Dean of Humanities, Dr. Sande will be responsible for the supervision ...

Summit Area YMCA Swim Team Tryouts July 24

On Tuesday, July 24, the Summit Area YMCA will hold tryouts for its 2018-2019 Swim Team. The tryouts are open to children of all ages, from the surrounding towns of Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Millburn, Short Hills, Watchung, Long Hill, Mountainside and Springfield.


Watchung Borough Mayor and Council Approve Affordable Housing Settlement

June 9, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ -The Watchung Borough Council voted on Thursday night  to settle its third round affordable housing obligation mandated by the state of New Jersey. Watchung Borough’s immunity from builder's remedy lawsuits  expires on June 30.

 Mayor Stephen Pote was forced to cast the deciding vote after the council deadlocked at 3-3.

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bills Signing Ceremony with Gov. Murphy in Trenton

June 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

“As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the ...

What's Hot and What's Not

Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time ...

How to Design Your Ideal Retirement

Would you like to design your ideal retirement? Where do you begin? First of all, what does retirement mean to you? If you’re in a relationship, does retirement mean the same to you as it does to your partner? Do you know if your “ideal retirement” is affordable or just a pipe dream?

In past generations, retirement planning didn’t involve very much. You stopped work ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...