BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Senior Captain Evan Pallitta was returning for her third year on the Gov. Livingston varsity softball team as the starting center fielder. 

"Evan has a true vision for the game, anticipating each play and getting herself into the proper position depending on the batter that is up," said Highlander head softball coach Erin Lanigan. "At the plate she has always been one of the hitters we depended on to get the job done.  Evan loves the game, always has, and it's easy to see that each and every time she steps on the field."

"My favorite high school highlight was hitting a home run over the fence during the county semifinals at the Kean University field," said Pallitta. "I didn’t realize the ball went over the fence when I hit it because I had my head down running, but I’ll never forget when everyone started cheering and I couldn’t figure out why at first. Although we didn’t win the game, I was still extremely proud and excited to have hit a home run at that field because I was a sophomore." In that game, Governor Livingston softball team suffered a tough 6-4 blow to county foe Westfield. 

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"To wear the GL uniform is to be a member of an amazing group of girls and coaches that historically has done very well," said Pallitta. "Once the uniform is on and you are at the field, there are no individuals anymore, and everyone is working for a common goal. It means to put the team above what you want, and to support both everyone on the team, and in the program."

"I would just like to say thank you so much to my coaches and my teammates for making my years on GL softball memorable," she said. "And most of all thank you to my parents, especially my father who has been my coach, my personal trainer, and my biggest fan since I started playing. I love you guys!" 

TAPinto: What is your favorite youth highlight?

Evan: My favor youth highlight was when I played in the 10u all star game. Gabby Lombardi and I were the only two girls chosen from Berkeley Heights for our age group, and we got to play with some of the best players from surrounding towns. I am so grateful that I got to pitch some innings during that game and show off my skills against very good players while I was still a pitcher.

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

Evan: I am getting along during isolation as well as anyone else, I think. It’s extremely tough missing out on the season and high school memories, but what are you going to do? I really struggled with it for a while, but I know that I am very fortunate and I have my friends and family to cheer me up.

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

Evan: I have a huge to-do list once restrictions are lifted, but the first thing I will probably do is hang out with all of my friends together. I miss them like crazy and even though we can FaceTime, nothing will beat having a big group hug and celebrating everything together before we leave for college.

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