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Gov. Livingston Baseball Seniors Shine on Senior Day as Highlanders Top Linden 12-2

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston baseball program honored their graduating players and team managers prior to extending their 16 gme winning streak with a 12-2 drubbing of Linden. The 12 senior players  made big contributions to the win over the Tigers as Danny Serretti hit two long home runs and hurlers Quinn Haddad, Brendan Hardina, and Julian Natelli took turns on the mound, wrapping up the win for Highlander starter, sophomore Ryan Devanney (1-0) without giving up a run. Also providing some offensive punch were seniors DJ Gonnelli, Sean Quinn, and Sam Pile who combined to drive in seven of the Highlanders' 12 runs. Gov. Livingston continued their hot steak as they raised their season mark to 18-2-1  

The baseball players of the Class of 2018, DJ Gonnelli, Quinn Haddad, Brendan Hardina,, Liam Hulbert, Will Jennings, Tyler McCulloch, Ryan Monroy, Julian Natelli, Jack Pedini, Sam Pile, Sean Quinn, and Danny Serretti, along with team managers, Ally McGlynn, Kyra Ippolito, and Alissa Toribio were all individually recognized and along with their family members, celebrated for all their hard work and dedication to Gov. Livingston High School and the Highlander baseball team.

Coach Chris Roof will be sending five senior players off to the college ranks (3 DI) to play ball. Danny Serretti will play collegiately at North Carolina University in Chapel Hill. Tyler McCulloch and Will Jennings will be teammates at Iona College. DJ Gonnelli will continue his career at Montclair State and Ryan Monroy will be pitching at Susquehanna University.

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Gov. Livingston was meeting Linden for the second time after eliminating the Tigers from UCT play last week. The Highlanders jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when DJ Gonnelli (1-2, 2RBI) doubled in Danny Serretti (3-3, 2HR) and Drew Compton. Jack Pedini drew a bases loaded walk and Sean Quinn brought in a fourth run when he collected the first of his 2 RBI with a sac fly to give the Highlanders a 4-0 after the first inning of play.

The Tigers put up two runs in the second when they took advantage of a bit of wildness from Devanney. After getting the first two batters of the inning, Devanney temporarily lost the plate and walked in two runs as Linden drew to within 4-2.

Red hot Danny Serretti opened the home half of the second with the first of his two homers when he hit a first pitch offering over the center field fence. Gov. Livingston scored four more times with the big being a two-run double by catcher Sam Pile.

Looking to 10 run the visiting Tigers, Serretti hit his second homer of the game and his 11th of the year  to give the Highlanders a 12-2 lead and the margin they needed to make it a five inning contest. Hardina, Haddad, and Natelli took over for Devanney and closed out the young sophomore's first career victory. Along the way to their 18th win, senior starting pitchers Liam Hulbert (5-0) and Ryan Monroy (4-0) became position players as they took over for fellow seniors Will Jennings and Tyler McCulloch in the outfield.  With Hulbert and Monroy manning the outfield and Natelli on the mound getting the game's final out, Highlander coach Chris Roof had his seniors on the field to fully share the high school Highlander baseball experience that  began four years ago.

Gov. Livingston will be playing for the Union County Championship Monday night at Kean University, 7 p.m.

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