LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston High School baseball team won in a stunner over Newark Academy, 3-2, on Thursday at the Oval.
The Lancers started off slow, with starting pitcher Mark Silvestri letting in two runs after just three innings. One of the runs even came from multiple wild pitches, where the runner at first was able to get to home without the batter even hitting the ball.
Livingston coach Scott Schroeder said, "We played poorly in the first five innings, it was cold and the team was not excited."
Silvestri stabilized himself after the first two runs, and pitched an almost perfect game for the last four innings, with a remarkable total of 14 strikeouts.
On the other side of the plate, Livingston did not acquire a single hit for the first four innings.
However, Tyler Zuppa changed this for the Lancers by giving the team their first run with a deep shot to left field for a home run.
In the following inning, sophomore Austin Miles hit a line drive into the gap between left and center field, allowing him to run all the way for a triple. With the tying run on third, Shane McLaughlin caught everyone by surprise by throwing down a perfect bunt, which allowed Miles to make it to home, tying the game up, 2-2.
After the play, Miles said, "It felt really good starting a rally and scoring, but Shane really did the job with that perfectly executed bunt."
With Silvestri holding off Newark Academy for the last four innings, Livingston came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Jimmy Catanzarite hit a double putting him in scoring position. The Newark Academy pitcher was rattled by the pressure, allowing Catanzarite to steal third.
Livingston then won on the next play when the pitcher threw a wild pitch, which the catcher could not handle, allowing for Catanzarite to steal home for a walk off run.
Schroeder said, "We had some sparks at the end with a home run and a triple, and some life is all it takes to win a game. Moving forward, we just have to hit better."
Livingston's next game is on Friday, at the Oval, against Milburn.