Union County baseball teams listed in state tournament here; Games commence May 22, with state finals scheduled for June 10 in Toms River

Cranford has won North 2, Group 3 five times this decade

Union County baseball has 15 of its 21 playing schools in the state tournament, which commences Monday, May 22 with first round action. The sectional quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday, May 25. The semifinals are Tuesday, May 30 and the finals Friday, June 2. The group semifinals – at neutral sites – are Tuesday, June […]

Roselle Park baseball captures 3rd Valley Division title; Panthers led by fine pitching performance of senior RH Lagana (6-0)

Lieberman slugs 2-run HR in 6-3 win over host Brearley

KENILWORTH – Phil Lagana was given the ball to bring home the division championship. The senior right hander didn’t disappoint. Lagana went the distance – tossing a six-hitter – and at the plate produced two of his team’s seven hits, including an RBI-single in the first to give the Panthers the lead for good, as […]

GL softball tops Johnson for 7th UCT championship; Crusader senior hurler Randazza tosses no-hitter

For Highlanders, who won crown for 2nd time in 3 years, Namit was winning pitcher again and Trezza scored game's only run

The Governor Livingston softball team managed to capture its seventh county championship the hard way – without registering a basehit. However, the Highlanders were able to push across a run in the bottom of the second and – behind superb pitching once again from senior Alanna Namit – made it stand up. Top-seeded GL outlasted […]

Westfield baseball tops Cranford in UCT championship game; Blue Devils sparked by pitchers Scanlon, Hiltz and replacement standout Xiao

Cougars receive HR from Bakie and triple and two runs from Armstrong

At one point in the season Westfield was 4-7 – although its competition was more-than-respectable – and not hitting on all cylinders. Westfield also lost one of its top hitters – senior third baseman Victor Cruz – to injury. Westfield overcame. The Blue Devils then produced consecutive Watchung Division victories over Union and Cranford and […]

UCT baseball final is now May 12 at Kean; 4th-seeded Westfield has most titles with 14, while 2nd-seeded Cranford is next with 9

Blue Devils swept regular season Watchung Division games and last won UCT in 2014; Cougars last took home the crown in 2015

When we have a Westfield-Cranford baseball matchup with a trophy at stake, you can include in the conversation talk of the past, present and even the future. Both were very good in the past, are still very good in the present and will most likely continue to be very good in the future. For the […]

GL baseball bounces back to best defending champion Westfield and clinch program’s first outright Watchung Division title; Senior LH Cocchia improves starting record to 5-0

Highlanders will next seek to capture Central Jersey, Group 2 for the 4th time

One week after getting upset in the quarterfinal round of the Union County Tournament and then the next day falling for the first time in league play, the Governor Livingston baseball team rebounded to do something it never did before. The Highlanders captured the Union County Conference’s Watchung Division title outright for the first time. […]

Union captures first boys’ volleyball UCT championship; Top-seeded Farmers best second-seeded Elizabeth in final

Led by serving of senior Arren Naguit, come back to win final 2 games vs. 14-2 Minutemen

After – for at least one game – not playing its best in the semifinals, top-seeded Union had to take a deep breath and increase its focus in order to take home the trophy. In the championship match, the top-seeded Farmers lost the first game to second-seeded Elizabeth. “We had to match their level of […]

UCT baseball semifinal winners: Westfield and Cranford; Cougars come back to win in 8th

Championship game is May 13 at Kean University; Westfield has record 14 titles, Cranford is next with 9

CRANFORD – After the way Westfield is playing right now it’s hard to believe that the Blue Devils were 4-7 after its April 23 game at North Brunswick’s Community Park. Westfield wasted no time establishing itself vs. Johnson Saturday, scoring five runs on four hits before making an out. The Blue Devils, also sparked by […]

Cranford baseball, sparked by Bakie and Genova, advance to UCT semifinals for 5th straight season; Big upset in one of the quarterfinals

Final Four is May 6 at Cranford's Memorial Field for the first time

CRANFORD – Ryan Bakie does it all for the Cranford baseball team. On Wednesday he delivered the game-winning hit with a bases-clearing double in the second inning that gave the Cougars the lead for good. In the top of the fourth he threw out an Elizabeth runner at second base who attempted to stretch a […]

UCT baseball continues with May 3 quarterfinals at higher seeds; Top 4 seeds – GL, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Westfield – play host; All 8 quarterfinalists also scheduled to play May 2

Semifinals are scheduled to be played at Cranford's Memorial Field (new field turf) for the first time on May 6

All eight baseball teams that advanced to Wednesday’s Union County Tournament quarterfinals are scheduled to play today – Tuesday, May 2 – so pitching strategy becomes even more essential. Perhaps the biggest question for all eight quarterfinalists is which hurler(s) to send to the mound Wednesday? Which one(s) will be the most rested and have […]

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