BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This would have been senior outfielder Sean McCulloch's second year on varsity before heading to Susquehanna University in the fall to continue his baseball career.

"I was really looking forward to coaching Sean for a second varsity season. Like the other four seniors that are continuing their baseball at the collegiate level, Sean was poised to have an All League/County type season for the Highlanders this spring," said Gov. Livingston head baseball coach Chris Roof. "Sean was an everyday player for us last spring, and he really played well both offensively and defensively."

McCulloch, who has a sweet left-handed stroke, was on the cusp of playing varsity as a sophomore, so, when he joined the team as a junior, he made a good impact immediately and took on a leadership role.

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A favorite high school highlight for McCulloch was hitting the go ahead 2 RBI single in the 2019 state quarterfinals to give the Highlanders a 6-4 lead against South Plainfield.  "We ended up winning the game," said McCulloch.

The top seeded Highlanders found themself in a four run deficit in the first inning against South Plainfield. McCulloch's 2 RBI single was part of a big five run fifth inning to seal the 9-5 victory over the Tigers. Drew Compton delivered a mammoth game tying two run homer and McCulloch ripped the go ahead two run single to erase the South Plainfield lead. 

"What an outstanding young man Sean is," said Roof. "Susquehanna is getting a really good ball player because I feel that Sean’s best baseball is ahead of him. What the Susquehanna Head Coach doesn’t know yet about Sean is, is they’re getting a young man of high integrity and a person that will do anything for his teammates. I will really miss Sean!"

"To wear the GL baseball uniform was always a dream of mine," he said. "When I put that uniform on it is all about the team, not being soft, and going out and playing hard."

TAPinto: What is your favorite youth highlight?

Sean: My favorite youth baseball memory was definitely winning the 8u travel baseball championship in all of our first years playing together.

TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of COVID-19 isolation?

Sean: During this time I am doing pretty well.  Since we don’t have baseball, I am doing everything I can to prepare for summer ball. I have been lifting, doing body workouts, and hitting all at home.

TAPinto: What will be the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?

Sean: Once restrictions are lifted I will be getting onto a field and hitting immediately.  I will also be hanging out with my friends a lot.

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