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Randolph, Sectional Title Winner, Ends Livingston's Season, 7-3

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Thomas Travaglia delivers to the plate during Friday's contest where he only allowed two runs on three hits.
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Junior righty Brian Drapeau throws a change up in the first inning.
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Randolph celebrates after their 7-3 victory as they won the North 1, Group 4 title.
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RANDOLPH, NJ—The Randolph Rams looked for redemption after last year's loss to Hunterdon Central in the North 1, Group 4 title game.

For the Livingston Lancers, they were looking to avenge a 13-3 loss that Randolph handed them on their home field on May 11.

The Rams did their job and came out on top 7-3.

Right-hander Thomas Travaglia baffled Livingston's hitters only giving up two runs on three hits over six-innings and the prolific Randolph lineup continued their season-long dominance. With this victory, Randolph advanced to the Group 4 semifinal and will take on the North 2, Group 4 champion, Bridgewater-Raritan.

"We had a good game plan coming up here," Lancer head coach Scott Schroeder said. "This is not an easy place to play but we felt confident and Randolph is a great team, which deserves credit for how they executed today."

Livingston jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first as seniors Jimmy Napolitano and Frank Schwindel hit back-to-back solo home runs.

The top-seeded Rams teed off in the third inning off Livingston starter Brian Drapeau as he gave up six runs.

Errors have hurt the Lancers all season and the third inning of Friday's game was no different. Two consecutive infield errors got Randolph started. Randolph followed with seven consecutive hits, five of those being doubles.

With Mike Zavala and Mike Rampone on second and third, No. 3 hitter Alex Guerra singled home the two base runners for Randolph's first two runs, tying the game 2-2. Brett Zaziski followed with a double down the line in right field, which scored Guerra and put Randolph in front, 3-2.

Chris Reynolds and Thomas Travaglia each had RBI doubles of their own and Chris Hugg singled on a line drive to left field for the sixth and final run of the third inning. After Hugg, Schroeder made a pitching change. Drapeau threw just 12 pitches to the eight batters he faced in the inning.

Randolph added one more run in the fifth. Livingston committed two more errors allowing Chris Reynolds to score. Livingston finished with seven errors on the day.

Livingston scored one more run in the top of the seventh off the bat of John Beaubien. Beaubien launched a solo home run over the left field fence giving Livingston some hope. But Randolph closer Robbie Berger did not lose focus and, after Beaubein, retired Livingston in order.

"We weren't sharp defensively," Livingston senior captain Jimmy Napolitano said. "This is not the way we want to end our season."

With the conclusion of the 2010 season, Livingston finished 18-11. The Lancers were not able to repeat as Greater Newark Tournament Champions and could not capture the North 1, Group 4 title.

"We had a good season but it is tough to win a game where we commit this many errors and don't hit to our potential," Schwindel concluded.

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