BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This would have been Michael Del Sordo's second season as a varsity starter on the Gov. Livingston Baseball team. Del Sordo filled big shoes as the successor to all-stater Dan Serretti as GL's starting shortstop last season.

"I felt like I met all my goals and expectations last season," Del Sordo said at his signing ceremony last fall. Del Sordo batted .389 with 13 runs scored and 11 RBI. "I played well, and I focused on hitting line drives the other way." Del Sordo will continue playing baseball for DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa.

"In that short time, in my opinion, Michael was one of the best defensive shortstops Gov. Livingston has had up on the hill in the last 17 years," said Gov. Livingston head coach Chris Roof.

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"It was a lifelong dream of mine and an honor to wear the GL baseball uniform, as it should be for everyone that puts on the uniform. It’s something that I will cherish forever," said Del Sordo.

"My favorite high school highlight was hitting a single to set up Drew Compton for a two run home run to tie the game 4-4 in the second round of states. Watching that ball go over the fence as I rounded second base was the most pumped I’ve been in a game," said Del Sordo. The top seeded Gov. Livingston Highlanders stormed back from a first inning four run deficit to beat the 9th seeded South Plainfield Tigers 9-5  in this second round game of the Central Jersey, Group II state sectional playoffs.

One thing is certain, Del Sordo made an impact in the eyes of his coach. "What stands out to me the most was his leadership qualities. DeSales is getting a very good player, but an even better person," said Roof.

TAPinto: What is your favorite youth highlight?

Michael: My favorite youth highlight was winning the 8u travel championship against Westfield with Berkeley Heights. 

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

Michael: Aside from missing baseball I’m doing well in this isolation. I’m really using this time as a great way to really get in shape for next fall.

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

Michael: The first thing I will do when the restrictions are lifted is go to the gym, and then to Chick fil- a with my friends.

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