Sports

Softball: Extra-Innings Victory Over Nutley Gives Livingston Second Win

e18a2ab8b3dbd25e4b5e_chloesaperstein.JPG
LHS softball's Chloe Saperstein at bat Credits: Nick Teodoro
7e1ab1c94fa1da70dd17_ashleyreuterfield.JPG
Livingston High School softball's Ashley Reuter Credits: Nick Teodoro
02ab46de546cab050f7a_emmacooney.JPG
Emma Cooney at bat
3c9ce7f14a21039f2c5f_jessgorman.JPG
Jess Gorman
87d72b8ee96809ce92b0_dejarobinson.JPG
Deja Robinson
f5c3abada0bc8d47c96c_bunt.JPG
8ed3e42d5057c365d7e9_stretch.JPG
67c75dea04ef2d6eba68_swing2.JPG
e18a2ab8b3dbd25e4b5e_chloesaperstein.JPG

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Utilizing a scrappy “no-loss” mentality, the Livingston softball team produced an impressive extra-inning effort for a 7-4 victory over Nutley on Saturday.

“Nutley and our program are always so evenly matched,” said Livingston head coach Jason Daily. “It always comes down to one inning or one run so we enjoy playing them.”

The Lancers and Raiders were knotted at three heading into the top of the eighth inning when a voice inside the Livingston dugout asserted “we’re not losing this game.”

Sign Up for E-News

“My coach was telling me just to be confident and know that you can get a hit,” said Livingston’s Hailey Reuter.

The Livingston squad responded as Reuter started a rally by getting hit by the pitch. After a sacrifice, Nathalia Dilanni ripped a single to center field to score Reuter for the go-ahead run.

“I’m very proud of the way [Reuter] played—she played like a veteran,” said Daily. “The trick is to make sure you get the ball in play and she led off with a hit-by-pitch and did some smart base running for us.”

The RBI single opened up the floodgates for Livingston, which pushed the aggression on the base paths to secure additional insurance runs.

Two batters later, a missed fielders choice at home scored Brianna Merucci. After getting two outs and drawing two runs, the Lancers received another break courtesy of the Raiders defense. A dropped throw from the first baseman scored Dilanni and Deja Robinson for a seemingly insurmountable lead.

“To me it comes down to making sure they execute,” said Daily. “We work on it in practice all the time taking extra bases and Nutley unfortunately gave us a few runs.”

The Raiders tried to claw their way back in during their last lights in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nutley eventually brought the tying run to the plate, but ultimately grounded out on the chance to tie the game back up.

The Lancers knew the game would be a see-saw affair against the formerly 2-2 Raider squad. Livingston jumped out to a 1-0 lead with an RBI single from Deja Robinson in the top of the second inning. Robinson is one of five underclassmen starting to make an impact on the unit in 2018.

“We have a lot of youth on this softball team,” said Daily. “There’s going to be gaps, but the goal is to get them experience.”

Nutley counter-punched the Livingston squad, scoring its first runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. An RBI single from Courtney Wilde coupled with a throwing error gave the Raiders their first lead of the game at 2-1.

“We also gave them a few runs,” said Daily.

Livingston foreshadowed its grit in the top of the sixth inning. Back-to-back hits by Emma Cooney and Reuter tied the game at two. After an error and two fielders’ choice outs loaded the bases, the Lancers benefitted from putting the ball in play once again. An error on the shortstop would allow Ashley Reuter to score to give the lead back to Livingston.

“That’s what I’m proud of today is the fact that they did bounce back,” said Daily. “They gave away two runs for them to go up 2-1. I loved the way they tied it up today and gritted it.”

Nutley scratched out another run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at three. A wild pitch that scored Brianna Cruz set the stage for the extra-inning dramatics from Livingston.

“I thought we had a rhythm going and that we were going to win,” said Hailey Reuter. “We have to make sure to play good defense [on Monday]—keep everything in front of us in the field and try our best.”

After defeating Verona on Friday, 6-4, and Nutley on Saturday, Livingston improve to 2-2 on the season. The group will look to continue its solid play when the Lancers take on Caldwell on Monday.

Don’t miss important news in your town. Click HERE to subscribe for free, or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at @LivingstonTAP.

Download the FREE TAPinto App: Click here for Android or Click here for iOS

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Save $2.50 on Next Visit to Livingston Car Wash

July 17, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Drivers can save $2.50 the next time they get their vehicle cleaned at Livingston Car Wash.

Come to Livingston Car Wash at 111 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue for a car wash and $2.50 will be discounted from the regular price.

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fitness
Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2468930b54fcb2172eae_gb_front

Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_d36e8541b1fb2e142ef9_bobbyvalli_par440_3_dates__11x17

Sat, July 21, 7:30 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, SHORT HILLS

Solid Gold with Bobby Valli at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Man Stabbed in Valley Section of West Orange

July 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE – A West Orange man was stabbed Sunday evening during an attack in The Valley section of the township, according to officials.

Police were called the 300 block of Valley Road around 5:45 p.m. on a report of an aggravated assault. The 28-year-old victim was stabbed during an attack by a group of individuals who later fled the scene, according to township spokeswoman Susan ...

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

The meeting will be held at the ...

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?

 

Enough already.  

 

I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.

 

“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.

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 ...