ELIZABETH, NJ — Governor Livingston High School’s varsity baseball team squeaked past Westfield Saturday, 4-3, during extra innings of their Union County Tournament Semifinal Round at Kean.
Nick Cocchia picked up the win for the Highlanders as the junior pitched six strong innings and struck out seven. Cocchia had a good offensive night as well, going 2-4, including a key single to jumpstart his team’s pivotal ninth inning. The winning run for the GL came from Josh Katz.
Blue Devil Bobby Abbott went 2-3 and scored a run.
Westfield’s Alex Pansini surrendered just one run in the game’s first four innings.
“Today’s game was a heavyweight boxing match,” GL head coach Chris Roof said. “It all started with Nick Cocchia, who pitched very well and pitched far enough into the game to give us that cushion. Nick really set the tone for us and the rest of the guys played very good defense behind him.”
Westfield head coach Bob Brewster had high praise for the pitching on both sides.
“Alex was very good for us today and kept us in the game,” Brewster said. “But at the same time, my hat goes off to Governor Livingston. Their pitchers were phenomenal. If our stat tracker is correct, 85 percent of their first pitches were strikes and that made things very tough on our hitters.”
Governor Livingston moves on to face Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the County Final on Sunday.