BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Livingston High School softball team continues to learn how to win after a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bloomfield drops the team to 7-10 on the season.
“We’re very young in varsity experience and it rears its ugly head in some of our games,” said Livingston head coach Jason Daily. “This was our worst offensive, defensive and baserunning performance all in one.”
Livingston started off strong, getting its first batter on base, but ultimately she was thrown out in her attempt to swipe home on a ground out. The base-running blunder set the tone for the game, as two timely mental errors due to inexperience cost the Lady Lancers the chance at two runs in the contest, which altered the outcome of the game.
“Offensively, on the bases, we were making silly mistakes and that’s just not our program,” said Daily.
Bloomfield capitalized in a big way as its leadoff hitter Kristina Collins caused problems from the basepaths. Collins drew walks in her first two at-bats and eventually scored both times to put Bloomfield up 2-0 by the end of the third inning.
“That was definitely tough to swallow,” said Daily.
The two runs were enough for Bloomfield pitcher Lexi Corio, who was impressive throughout the game.
Corio worked the complete game, striking out four and inducing two double plays in the process.
“[Corio] did an amazing job,” said Daily. “She kept the ball down, she kept the game moving.”
Livingston did have opportunities in the contest against Corio, but failed to convert. Scattering seven hits in the process, the Lady Lancers were derailed by a slew of untimely outs—resulting in eight runners being left on base, five of which came within scoring position.
“They were trying to swing the bat [with runners on] but they just weren’t getting good wood,” said Daily.
Livingston pitcher Jesse Gorman did her best to keep her team in the game against Bloomfield. Despite taking the loss, Gorman struck out six over six innings, allowing only three earned runs in the process to a solid Lady Bengal offense.
“We didn’t play well behind her, she found the plate,” said Daily. “But Bloomfield put the ball in play in a big spot when they had to.”
Livingston’s loss is the fourth in the last five games as the Lancers attempt to build confidence with the Essex County Tournament, which begins Saturday. The team will look to get back to fundamentals and become mentally tougher with a crucial county game against Montclair this weekend.
“We’ve got to find a way in the next day or so to figure out a way to just erase this memory and come back,” said Daily.