Three former Gov. Livingston sluggers opened the 2020 Division I baseball season with notable personal performances. University of North Carolina sophomore shortstop, Danny Serretti, who started 60 of the Tar Heels 61 games last year as a freshman, was joined this year in the ACC by former Highlander teammates Drew Compton and Steven Reid. Compton and Reid got their first taste of collegiate ball this past week as members of conference rival Georgia Tech. Like Serretti did in his rookie season at UNC, both Compton and Reid made their way into the Georgia Tech lineup on opening day.
In North Carolina's opening day 15-3 win over Middle Tennessee, Serretti, who was named First-team Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball, began his 2nd year as the Tar Heels shortstop and number three hitter. After hitting .299 with 69 hits last year, the switch hitter got off to a quick start against non-conference Middle Tenn. with a pair of hits, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. North Carolina, ranked 22nd nationally (5-0,0-0), has taken their first 5 games, all in Chapel Hill, with Serretti hitting safely in all 5 games (7-19,.368, 5R, ) and driving in 4 runs.
Drew Compton, who is Gov. Livingston's all-time home run and hit leader, wasted no time clubbing his first career round tripper at the next level when in his first college at-bat he drove an inside pitch down the line that hit the top of the foul pole in right field at Russ Chandler Stadium. Click here for video coverage. Over the weekend Compton reached base 8 times in 12 plate appearances. Compton who has power from both sides of the plate was 2-for 6, but more impressively the rookie was not overly anxious at the plate, drawing 6 walks . At Gov. Livingston Compton was a 4 year starter at third base, but has now shifted across the diamond to first base. Compton’ started all 3 Yellow Jacket games, batted 5th in the lineup, and played error free ball at his new position .
Stephen Reid, who unfortunately saw his senior season at Gov. Livingston end after just 8 games due to injury, saw his first collegiate action as a pinch hitter in each of the Yellow Jackets first 2 games. Reid got his first multi at bat game when he was inserted as the designated hitter in the 2nd inning against Georgia Southern. Batting in the 6th slot Reid notch his first career RBI when he ripped an opposite field 6th inning single , driving in none other than Compton for the Yellow Jackets second run. The 19th ranked Yellow Jackets (2-1,0-0) would go on to score a pair of 9th inning runs for a dramatic 4-3 victory to fend off an early season upset. Reid (1-5,.200, RBI) will be fighting for AB's in the crowded Yellow Jacket lineup when Ohio State comes to Atlanta this weekend for a 3 game series.
Governor Livingston baseball fans can mark their calendars for the weekend of April 3rd-5th when Georgia Tech travels to Chapel Hill to take on UNC.
Entering his 20th year as the Highlanders skipper with 390 career wins, Gov. Livingston Hall of Fame baseball Coach Chris Roof will be sending 5 more players to the collegiate ranks after this upcoming season. When the 2020 season starts on April 1st, Roof will be relying on a dedicated senior class, some of whom have patiently waited to crack the Highlanders loaded lineup of the past few years. Seniors Jarod Abram (P, Ramapo), Sam Bass (P, Thomas Jefferson), Ryan Devanney (P, Goldey-Beacom), Michael Delsordo (SS, DeSales), and Sean McCulloch (CF, Susquehanna) will be joined by fellow classmates Vin Mellusi (2B), Dan Quinn (C,DH)), Dan Feely (P) and Dylan Verschleiser (OF) looking to bring home another Union County and State Sectional title.
This preseason the Highlanders will be taking a road trip to Florida for 4 days of competitive baseball. If you would like to support Highlander baseball and help with the cost of funding the trip, see the details of the Gov. Livingston Field Banner program listed below. Under the direction of the GLHS Alumni Association the field banner program gives local business, alumni, and family the opportunity to show support for the Gov. Livingston athletic team of their choice. Your sponsorship donation will help raise much-needed funds for athletic equipment, uniforms, team travel accommodations, as well as non-athletic annual scholarships.
Banner Sponsorships – If you would like to advertise your business at the GL Varsity Baseball Field or the Multi-Purpose turf filed, sponsor a banner to be displayed on the fence all season. Prices range from $400 - $1000. If you have an interest or know a local business who would like to advertise , please email Mark Pomo firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Brodian-Atkins email@example.com for more information.