Livingston High School Varsity Softball Team Comes Back with a Weekend Victory Over Newark Academy

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CALDWELL, NJ — The Livingston High School Varsity Softball team is now 4-5 in the Super Essex Conference after a 7-5 victory over Newark Academy at the MSDA Invitational in Caldwell on Sunday, April 17.

A grand slam and an RBI from LHS senior Ally Royce contributed to the Lancers’ win on Sunday, bringing in a total of five runs for Livingston throughout the game. Fellow senior Julia Viggiano went 2-for-2 in her at-bats, adding two more runs for Livingston.

With Jess Gorman on the mound for Livingston, Newark Academy was held at bay for nearly five scoreless innings, sealing the win for the Lancers. A 5-5 tie was broken in the fifth inning with two more runs for Livingston, which scored once in the fifth and again in the sixth.

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“We’ve been playing a tough independent schedule as well the competitive Super Essex Conference American division,” said LHS Varsity Head Coach, who made a special shout out seniors Ally Royce, Sydney McCormack, Blake Saperstein, Allie Beinhacker, Nina Petrillo and Julia Viggiano, who lead the team.

On Monday, the Lancers will once again take on the Mount St. Dominic Varsity Softball team in hopes of coming back after a tough 7-0 loss to the same team on April 1. The Lancers were also defeated by West Essex High School, 5-2, and Hillsborough, 3-1, on April 15 and 16, respectively.

At Seton Hall University in South Orange on Saturday, April 16, Kate Sheehan had one RBI for Livingston, allowing junior Jaclyn Williamson to score Livingston’s sole run for the game.

Livingston pitcher Sydney McCormack allowed only two hits and two runs during the four innings she pitched against West Essex on Friday, but Livingston wasn’t able to out hit them. Ally Royce and Kate Sheehan scored off of one hit a piece throughout the game.

Victories over Bloomfield on April 5, Montclair on April 11 and Cedar Grove on April 13 contributed to the Lancers’ 4-5 record.

Royce contributed a two-run homerun to Livingston’s victory over Bloomfield, which only scored once with an RBI by Kacey Coury. Emma Cooney also brought in a run for Livingston, leaving the Lancers with a 4-1 victory on April 5. Livingston also held off Montclair for a 5-1 victory on April 11.

Nina Petrillo and Jaclyn Williamson each scored in the second inning of the April 13 victory over Cedar Grove, which had five hits throughout the game but was held off for a 2-0 final score in Livingston’s favor. 

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