Sports

Softball: Pair Of Victories Propel Highlanders to Tournament Championship

c8f05855add23989d6c7_B740069C-AD6E-4546-AB8E-F9E7514D4184.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
dd8b2ca49c4d6b6f8689_1ED6780D-7B93-4937-85E6-50958F922DCF.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
6258d21dc186db462c1b_0219E88F-EBC4-4706-A321-C84B7E904F0A.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
675b3c7171d8e92fa41f_0C27248D-5DA7-46D3-95F8-3D0F8A0467E1.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
6d7569c7aba8141fff39_BAC8A340-0EAB-4A86-8C5F-958960928428.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
44a25b6bc67c3de15c49_E48D4912-5541-4002-9EC4-A3CBB3AF0C19.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
b97fda095fc1db8874d7_340AEEB3-DEE2-44E7-9AA8-B5CC48C32213.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
d38b23717e53b6abcd9b_E19EF393-E968-4043-A29B-3ED59FE96D20.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
92024b21a94cbdd8fea4_254F0DCC-E054-496E-AEA4-5D274A4FB7F8.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
e8705007048cf93732a6_2149E7A3-11EC-408C-A1A2-DE9DBF7DADC0.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
d2286045327b93787e59_7FAFA534-BB69-41D5-95A0-76D33072C8D5.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
23ef66fbc8f2b83059fc_445D28A3-5316-4923-8B9B-04276A48727F.jpeg
9e2890e84c793a8d0d3c_C9FF2F6A-2470-4073-A964-017784CDBC67.jpeg
4a31c1fe669ed2ad1cc5_B62439BE-C535-40BB-BBDA-63ADDFA15E54.jpeg
b5e01f323c31cc5516d4_2215DC04-F1B6-4A2F-A1DF-E311F991F4C7.jpeg
4616bffd66395b3f5a92_1CB7B795-CE34-4160-B124-0339FF7C8B21.jpeg
678a457c3553adf5ea87_4E4DEF56-08D6-4AC1-B458-EC3A27594558.jpeg
4e22d8f1fd2203f5ac5b_8E3F986D-E4B5-423A-B210-FDEC1A93468E.jpeg
d28994027cecd3107f46_FCF81968-01E5-44D5-AA9D-58B661217740.jpeg
a97c36735528b70dc2c9_DC0E3855-C61F-44F8-8F2B-60A7A05AE704.jpeg
ae8fa164bc63ecad6872_7552DE27-AAE8-4BA7-AB11-70893AABA895.jpeg
3b04cf6065280f44db10_8DEB4CBF-9FF6-4485-A044-7F1FCB44208E.jpeg
4aa15fdc2521ee6883e2_00CD2765-E6BA-48B0-9C4A-8740F530F4B2.jpeg
0fc0d962d3d442f6fd97_D3A89FED-B5C8-4A72-968A-DEF6E17C719D.jpeg
9e6e44469af47ee6ff11_DA6BF15F-92B4-49D3-BA96-E9FD2CFBE156.jpeg
7634f42ea1aa765ec4b8_22CC863C-EB3E-44BB-9284-4429990A9D98.jpeg
7759e756acce81082a78_FFF2C403-D2CC-4501-8F7E-E2A0509319DC.jpeg
Credits: Stephen O’Keefe
c8f05855add23989d6c7_B740069C-AD6E-4546-AB8E-F9E7514D4184.jpeg

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In Saturday’s four-team tournament, the Governor Livingston softball team captured a pair of wins that included a 9-2 victory over Summit in the first round and a 6-1 victory over Columbia in the final. The Highlanders now own a 7-2 record thanks to the pair of victories.

The Highlanders received a strong pitching performance from Julian Lopes in the first game. The junior’s complete game included seven strikeouts.

“We didn’t start the first game well but as the game progressed, we got better and applied more pressure offensively and defensively,” head coach Mike Roof said.

Sign Up for E-News

The Highlanders jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead over Summit in the first inning but relinquished that lead when the Hilltoppers scored a pair of runs in the second to go on top, 2-1.

“We were able to get a run in the first inning pretty quickly,” Roof said. “Even though we got the quick lead, we still weren’t mentally and physically there yet. But we were able to get fired up after falling behind, 2-1.”

The Highlanders responded with three runs in the third inning and never looked back. The three-run third was the start of an 8-0 edge to close the game. 

The Highlanders received strong contributions at the plate from senior Jaime Belfer, who had three hits on the day, and senior Jen Murowski, junior Janey Morabito, and sophomore Julia McConekey, who all had two hits.

“We did a good job taking advantage of their mistakes,” Roof said. “We started hitting much better the second and third time through the order while at the same time receiving good pitching from Julian and being solid defensively.”

The second game took a bit more from the Highlanders as the Highlanders needed extra innings to put the Cougars away. Much of Saturday’s final was a defensive slugfest. 

As was the case in the first game, the Highlanders jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning. This time, the Highlanders went cold at the plate for much of the game before exploding for five runs in the extra inning.

“Once again, we jumped out on them early but then the bats went cold,” Roof said. “We had decent at-bats but we just couldn’t get hits. But you have to give Columbia a ton of credit with how they were able to get back into the game.”

After the Cougars tied the game in the fifth inning, the Cougars threatened to score more runs with the bases loaded. The savvy veteran Belfer was able to get out of the jam which provided the Highlanders with a much-needed boost.

“After we got out of that bases loaded jam, we were much better,” Roof said. “In the top of the eighth inning, their pitcher got a little fatigued and we took advantage of mistakes from her.”

Sophomore Evan Pollitta opened the eighth inning offensive onslaught with a leadoff triple and the Highlanders didn’t look back from there. “That triple from Evan started a string of four or five consecutive hits to put the game to bed," Roof said.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

TAPinto Spotlight on Business Features New Providence Dentistry

July 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Summer Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features New Providence Dentistry, operated by Dr. Beth Herko and her staff of ...

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 ...

Enjoy a Lifetime of Discovery in Union County Parks

July 18, 2018

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Union County residents are invited to celebrate this year by exploring “undiscovered” programs and activities found throughout the nearly 6,200 acres of the Union County parks system.

“Union County was one of the very first counties in the United States to establish its own county-based park system for nature conservation and ...

Union County Honored for History Projects

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two national achievement recognitions for history projects have been presented to the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Union County is rich in history, and this Freeholder Board is committed to engaging the public with ...

Union County College Foundation’s 3rd “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

CRANFORD, NJ – With over 150 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $55,000 at their 3rd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception. Held on July 11, in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support the ...

ReNew Salon and Spa Welcomes Senior Stylist Joan Mormilo

GILLETTE, NJ - ReNew Salon and Spa welcomes Senior Stylist Joan Mormilo to their staff. Mormilo brings with her over 20 years of excellent customer service in the salon and spa industry.

She has extensive product knowledge, focuses on keeping up-to-date on industry standards and practices, believes in mentoring young stylists, and is a team player who strives to ...

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 ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_c8cb6b45d2b342be3cbb_nancy_ori

Sat, July 21, 10:30 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Cuba: Observations of a Photographer

Arts & Entertainment Travel

Sat, July 21, 10:30 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Cuba: Observations of a Photographer at NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, July 22, 2:00 PM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Moths and other Pollinators

Education Green

Carousel_image_634bcda860ed17650f72_93a8625c-ce9d-413f-a61e-4b2df4fe0604

Tue, July 24, 3:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant , Scotch Plains

Hear the Story of Amelia Earhart, America's Most ...

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_e6c7d5b8a558926ee4c5_8e2f7c3f3d7547130a87_swim_team_2

Tue, July 24, 5:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Summit Area YMCA Swim Team Tryouts July 24th

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_e6c7d5b8a558926ee4c5_8e2f7c3f3d7547130a87_swim_team_2

Tue, July 24, 5:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Summit Area YMCA Swim Team Tryouts July 24th

Health & Wellness

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 ...

And Over Here is the Dining Hall 2

My very first job in admissions was while I was still an undergraduate myself as a tour guide.  Very early on they indoctrinated us with some tricks of the trade.  It’s a dining hall, not a cafeteria.  A residence hall, not a dorm.  If you have to divulge some negative bit of information, sandwich it between two positives.  There were instructions for glossing over ...

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 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...