NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Powered by six RBI from senior third baseman Ian Lynch, the Gov. Livingston baseball team scored 17 runs in the last three innings to beat cross-town rival New Providence, 18-6, on Thursday at Miller Field.
Trailing 4-1 going into the fourth inning, the high-powered Gov. Livingston offense got going at the plate. After the Highlanders scored three runs to tie the game, Lynch hit a bases-clearing, three-run single to give Gov. Livingston a 7-4 lead.
“We have a bunch of aggressive players in our lineup that love to hit,” Highlanders coach Chris Roof said. “Things didn’t go our way early on, but our guys kept going upping their swinging and we were able to break through there in the middle innings.”
After their six run fourth inning, the Highlanders followed it up with a seven run fifth. Lynch again was a key factor in the scoring outburst. The third baseman’s two-run single pushed Gov. Livingston’s lead to 14-5.
On top of Lynch’s RBI on the day, the Montclair State signee was 5-for-5 at the dish and has a hit in each of his last eight at-bats.
“I just feel comfortable at the plate right now,” Lynch said. “My approach has been better at the plate and I’m swinging at pitches that I can hit. I just feel very comfortable right now.”
First baseman Mike Faulk and shortstop Danny Serretti each had three RBI in the game for Gov. Livingston as well.
Early on, the Pioneers slowed down the Highlanders offense, due in part to the strong start from Peter House. The junior pitcher allowed seven runs to cross the plate, but only two were earned in his four-inning start.
New Providence allowed 10 unearned runs to score, which proved to be the difference maker in the game.
“They’re a fantastic team over there,” Pioneers coach Chris Brodeur said. “We did a good job battling with them early on in the game, but a good team like them find ways to win and that’s what they did against us today.”
New Providence’s Scott Harvey led the team with two RBI, while Alan Payne was 2-for-2 with a run scored.
With the victory, Gov. Livingston improves to 14-3 on the year, while New Providence drops to 4-12 with the loss.