NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Defending champion Gov. Livingston's baseball team has been seeded second, and New Providence has drawn the seventh seed, for the 2019 Union County Tournament, which begins this week with preliminary round games.

Cranford has been seeded No. 1, just ahead of Gov. Livingston (8-1), whose only loss so far this season was a 7-4 decision to Cranford on April 16. The Highlanders will host No. 15 Roselle Catholic in a first-round game Saturday at a time to be announced.

New Providence (5-5) owns a 4-2 victory over top-seeded Cranford on April 12, but the Pioneers lost to Arthur L. Johnson and Union Catholic, two teams that received higher seeds than New Providence. In its first-round matchup, New Providence will host 10th-seeded Elizabeth on Saturday.

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Should Gov. Livingston and New Providence each advance in their opening round games, they would face each other in Berkeley Heights in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, May 4.

The Union County Tournament semifinals are scheduled for Friday, May 11 at either Kean University or Memorial Field in Cranford, and the championship game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, May 12 at Kean University.

Gov. Livingston defeated Westfield in the 2018 Union County Tournament final.

UNION COUNTY TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS
1. Cranford
2. Gov. Livingston
3. Union
4. A.L. Johnson
5. Union Catholic
6. Scotch Plains-Fanwood
7. New Providence
8. Summit
9. Westfield
10. Elizabeth
11. Oratory
12. Dayton
13. Brearley
14. Plainfield
15. Roselle Catholic
16. Linden
17. Rahway