BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - "No player on this year's team was ready to dominate more than Ryan Devanney," said Gov. Livingston head baseball coach Chris Roof.

Right-handed senior pitcher Ryan Devanney was on a mission to continue to craft his pitching skills and get physically stronger by hitting the weight room, said Roof. "He did just that! That's a credit to how hard he works and wants to get better." 

Devanney went 4-0 with 17 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings for Gov. Livingston as a junior. He was a starting pitcher last season after pitching in the varsity bullpen as a sophomore. He will continue playing Division 2 baseball for Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware.

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Devanney's favorite high school highlight was being part of the 2018 Union County Championship team his first year on varsity as a sophomore. "Winning the county championship with the older kids who moved on to college -- I will always remember having that dog pile with those kids who were my mentors and took me under their wing. It was so special to me because a lot of them are some of my close friends now," he said.  

Wearing the GL uniform is more than a jersey to Devanney. "It’s something I worked for all my youth wanting to be like pitchers like Joey Graziano. GL shaped me into the person I am today and Coach Roof will always be a friend of mine," said Devanney. 

"Ryan is a young man that possesses a great personality, that in my opinion every baseball should and needs to be able to relax while playing this difficult sport. Goldey Beacom is getting a good right handed pitcher," said Roof.  

TAPinto: What is your favorite youth highlight?

Ryan: My favorite youth highlight was the first time I ever pitched on the B team in second grade. It was the last game of the season. I hit like 6 kids and walked a lot too. But all I remember is that I wanted to pitch and how much fun I had even though I did so poorly. 

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

Ryan: This period of isolation is hard but I’ve been working hard in my home gym and working very hard in school to put myself in the best position for my fall college season next year. 

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

Ryan: Once restrictions are lifted the first thing I’m doing is driving to the gym and working out with my friends again.

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