With the warmer weather finally kicking in around Essex County, it’s not surprising that Livingston’s Jess Peslak is delivering her pitches with a certain amount of velocity that might not have been evident a few weeks back.
Then again, with the Triple Crown of horse racing beginning this weekend, the studs are beginning to hit their respective stride, both on the track as well as the diamond.
Peslak threw some pitches in a recent Super Essex Conference American Division game which got the attention of junior shortstop Sammi Rothenberger.
“That pitch was sick,” Dr. Rothenberger declared to the delight of the fans, who enjoyed her ‘diagnosis’ of Peslak’s throws, during the game.
Usually pretty reserved, Rothenberger knows a wicked pitch when she sees it, and that enthusiasm is one reason why Livingston will be a tough out. The Lancers aren’t just the top seed in the Essex County Tournament because of their talented players, but also because this team has a fierce determination to win, a noticeable enjoyment of playing the game and a coach who continues to demand excellence.
Livingston had its ‘Senior Day’ celebration on May 2 during a 6-0 win over West Orange. Among the placards on the fence at The Stable honoring the seniors was this tribute to senior pitcher Jessica Peslak.
“We’re getting there, but we’re not as smooth as I’d like to see, yet,” Livingston coach Jason Daily said. “We’re getting better, and that’s all I can ask for now.”
The Lancers (15-3) will take on Belleville in the first round of the Essex County Tournament on Saturday, then visit Montclair on Monday before a big test awaits in an independent game on Wednesday, May 8, at Ivy Hill Park, against Lodi Immaculate, beginning at 4 p.m. Should Livingston defeat Belleville in the first round of the counties, it would host a county quarterfinal on May 11 against the winner of the May 4 game between West Orange and Caldwell. There’s also a make up game with Mount St. Dominic, for what will probably decide the conference title on May 13, in Caldwell.
The county semifinals are May 17, with the finals set for the following night, both of which will be played at Ivy Hill.