BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston baseball defeated Randolph Thursday afternoon by a score of 5-3. Behind a strong 5 innings from starter Jarod Abram and home runs from John Grill and Chris Bruno, GL was able to prevail in the game, which was a late addition to the Highlander schedule.
After GL got rained out on Monday and Tuesday, head coach Chris Roof and athletic director Ann Clifton pulled some strings and managed to schedule a game against Group Five Randolph. Junior hard thrower Jarod Abram got the ball for GL, going five and only conceding one run despite not having his best stuff.
After a scoreless first for both teams, senior Washington College commit John Grill blasted a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the second inning to give GL a 1-0 advantage. After Abram threw a scoreless third and Randolph pitcher Ryan Manzi set the Highlanders down in order, Tyler Berg took Abram deep to knot the score at 1. Abram got out of a jam in the fourth, and in the bottom half of the frame, Grill drove in Andy Seretti with a sac fly to center to give GL a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, GL added an insurance run to increase its lead to two. Abram started the bottom of the inning, but after allowing two men to reach, was replaced by junior Sam Bass. Bass got the first two batters he faced to strikeout and line out to sophomore Michael Shaffer at second base. The next batter hit a sharp group ball through the 3-4 hole for a base hit, but Grill, who was in right field, threw out a runner trying to score for the final out of the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth, John Grill crushed his second long ball of the game, making the score 4-1. The next pitch thrown my Manzi, who pitched the entire game for Randolph, was hit over the wall by Chris Bruno.
Randolph got the the Highlanders in the seventh, scoring two on a bunt single and two hits to left field. Bass, with the tying run at the plate with one out, got a quick groundout and strikeout to close the 5-3 game for GL.
GL, who is 16-4 on the year, now turns its attention to rival New Providence, who they will face off with at home on Friday. The Highlanders then travel to the home of the Somerset Patriots with a matchup with Pequannock, and then begin their state tournament with a home game against Rumson.