Johnson, Linden, New Providence road winners in Saturday’s UCT first round baseball action; 4 quarterfinals are Wednesday at higher seeds

Top-seeded Cranford remains undefeated behind standout senior lefty Williamson

PHOTO BY JR PARACHINI - The 60th annual baseball Union County Tournament continues Wednesday with 4 p.m.quarterfinal games at top-seeded Cranford, second-seeded Scotch Plains, third-seeded Westfield and fifth-seeded Elizabeth.
PHOTO BY JR PARACHINI – The 60th annual baseball Union County Tournament continues Wednesday with 4 p.m. quarterfinal games at top-seeded Cranford, second-seeded Scotch Plains, third-seeded Westfield and fifth-seeded Elizabeth.

Lower-seeded teams that won on the road Saturday in first round play of the 60th annual baseball Union County Tournament included 11th-seeded Johnson, 10th-seeded Linden and 13th-seeded New Providence.

Johnson downed sixth-seeded Union 8-2 at Union’s Gordon LeMatty Field. Union reached the final last year for the first time since 1993, defeating top-seeded and two-time defending champion Cranford in the quarterfinals.

Linden upended seventh-seeded Dayton 6-4 at Ruby Field in Springfield. Dayton reached the semifinals last year for the first time since 2005.

New Providence eliminated fourth-seeded Governor Livingston 6-3 up on the hill in Berkeley Heights. New Providence also defeated GL 3-1 at home Tuesday in a Union County Conference-crossover clash.

Saturday’s five higher-seeded teams that won at home included top-seeded Cranford, second-seeded Scotch Plains, third-seeded and defending champion Westfield, fifth-seeded Elizabeth and eighth-seeded Union Catholic.

Scotch Plains, the 2004 and 2009 winner under present head coach and 1992 Roselle Park graduate Tom Baylock, and Westfield are both one win away from reaching the semifinals for the sixth straight season.

Cranford, ranked No.2 in the state by The Star-Ledger, improved to 9-0 with its 5-1 home win over 16th-seeded Roselle Park. Left hander Ryan Williamson pitched another solid game to improve to 4-0. The North Carolina State-bound senior has allowed only two runs in four starts.

 

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s 4 p.m. quarterfinals at the higher seeds:

UCT BASEBALL QUARTERFINALS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 4 p.m.

TOP SIDE OF THE BRACKET:

13-New Providence at 5-Elizabeth

8-Union Catholic at 1-Cranford

BOTTOM SIDE OF THE BRACKET:

11-Johnson at 3-Westfield

10-Linden at 2-Scotch Plains

 

Here’s a look at Saturday’s first round results:

UCT BASEBALL FIRST ROUND

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

TOP SIDE OF THE BRACKET:

New Providence 6, Governor Livingston 3 – at GL

Elizabeth 14, Rahway 0 – at Elizabeth

Union Catholic 2, Summit 1 – at Union Catholic

Cranford 5, Roselle Park 1 – at Cranford

BOTTOM SIDE OF THE BRACKET:

Johnson 8, Union 2 – at Union

Westfield 9, Roselle Catholic 2 – at Westfield

Linden 6, Dayton 4 – at Dayton

Scotch Plains 6, Oratory Prep 1 – at Scotch Plains

 

– JR PARACHINI

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