Scotch Plains tops Johnson 4-0 to win baseball Union County Tournament championship; Raiders, who were on precipice of losing in first round, give up only 3 runs in 4 tourney triumphs

UNION – Two weeks into the season Scotch Plains-Fanwood had a record of 2-6. The Raiders were not thinking trophy. They were looking to snap a five-game losing streak. Then 11 days later Scotch Plains was down to its final out, just one strike away from losing to be more specific, before rallying to win […]

Summit baseball advances to UCT semifinals for first time since 2015; Hilltoppers top top-seeded Cranford in 8 innings

Carlson walks with bases loaded for winning RBI and Reddy tosses complete-game, nine-hitter to improve to 5-0; Hilltoppers now 11-5

Emory Carlson walked with the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the eighth to give Summit the lead once again and then Matt Reddy retired Cranford on three pitches in the bottom of the eighth. All of a sudden the visiting Hilltoppers found themselves in unfamiliar territory. Summit baseball advanced to the […]

Cranford softball tops Dayton in UCT quarterfinal play; Schwerdtfeger, McCaffery, Brunton, Moreno, Gardiner star for Cougars

Mahy slugs home run and double and drives in 3 runs for Bulldogs

CRANFORD – One way of describing “coming through in the clutch” is when a batter is tested with the most pressure. Three times Cranford batters came up with runners in scoring position with two outs. All three times those Cougars produced. First was senior catcher Erin Schwerdtfeger, who on a 1-2 pitch drilled a shot […]

Union Catholic baseball – sparked by Donohue, McReynolds and Tomalavage – advances in UCT for first time in 3 years; Vikings top visiting Dayton to move to quarterfinals

Game much closer than final score indicates

SCOTCH PLAINS – The way Dylan Donohue was dealing for Union Catholic two things were certain. The Vikings were going to eclipse last year’s win total and they were also going to win a county tournament game for the first time in three years. Donahue allowed only two batters to reach base, before and after […]

Undefeated Westfield is top seed for 44th annual softball Union County Tournament; defending champion Roselle Park is 2nd

Johnson seed 3rd, Cranford 4th; Semifinals and final will be at Kean

Westfield softball last won a county championship five years ago. The Blue Devils, with a cast that features top freshmen and sophomores, is making a case to get back to the top of the mountain. With a record of 8-0 that includes six wins against fellow Union County teams including two over Watchung Division rival […]

Cranford is top seed for 66th annual baseball Union County Tournament; Defending champion GL is 2nd, Union 3rd and Johnson 4th

Championship game is scheduled for May 13 at Kean University

Cranford, by virtue of last week’s 7-4 home win over 7-0 Governor Livingston, was selected the top seed – owners of 7-2 record – for the 66th annual baseball Union County Tournament. The Cougars last won the UCT in 2015 and last reached the final in 2017. GL, the second seed, is the defending champion […]

Roselle Park softball comes back to top visiting Union; Emma Cieslinski, Hummel star

Thomas pitches well for Farmers; Roman slugs solo HR

ROSELLE PARK – Showing much more promise this season, visiting Union scored in the first two innings, both times after the first two batters were retired, and led Roselle Park as late as the bottom of the fifth. It took the host Panthers some time before they were successful with the bats against Union pitcher […]

Cranford baseball strikes early and holds on to down GL in battle for Watchung Division lead; Plick sets tone with 3-run triple, DiClerico follows with 2-run homer, Van Dam earns mound win and Donovan the save

Compton - 3-for-3, with two singles, a stolen base, a solo home run, a walk, one run and one RBI - reached base all 4 times up for GL; Teammates Davey and Reid injured

CRANFORD – There are moments in a baseball season where certain situations lend themselves to becoming the ultimate challenge. Cranford relief pitcher Kevin Donovan was put in such a spot against visiting Gov. Livingston. The Highlanders had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the sixth after coming back from […]

Cranford and GL baseball will clash April 16 at Cranford, each with 4-0 Watchung Division marks; Both improved to 5-0 overall Thursday, April 11

Cougars topped visiting Elizabeth 5-2, while Highlanders won at Union 4-2 in 8 innings

CRANFORD – Most baseball seasons it’s really never too early to talk about, emphasize, hype or even blow out of proportion the first Governor Livingston vs. Cranford matchup. Ten days into the 2019 campaign and it’s justified. On Thursday, Cranford – at home – scored early, won, and improved to 5-0 overall. The Cougars topped […]

Union softball off to 3-0 start that includes three 1-run victories; With almost everyone back, Farmers seek to improve upon last year’s strong 10-11 finish

Closing its 2018 season as one of the hottest teams in Union County, the Union softball team – with almost everyone back – has immediately continued its winning ways. The Farmers took a 3-0 record – all one-run wins – into Wednesday’s scheduled Union County Conference-Mountain Division clash at Scotch Plains. Union wrapped a 10-11 […]