After playing well, at home, in a season-opening contest against No. 1 Mount St. Dominic, Livingston hit the road today to play Super Essex Conference rival, Bloomfield.
Behind the pitching of Sydney McCormack and a three-run, first inning rally, spearheaded by a mammoth two-run homer by Allie Royce, the Lancers defeated the Bengals, 4-1, at The Pond.
Livingston coach Jason Daily was his usual low-keyed self afterward, but during the game, he was quick to admonish his team for some mental errors.
“We have to get better in that category,” said Daily, who wasn’t wearing his usual ‘Men in Black’ sunglasses. “I like our team, but we need to compete better, overall. It’s little things. We have to better on the basepaths. We have to advance runners more consistently.”
On the plus side, McCormack (Syd The Kid) was outstanding, striking out 10 in a complete game effort and holding a good-hitting Bloomfield team to five hits.
“Sydney threw the ball well today,” said Daily. “She’s a tough competitor and gives us a chance to win games.”
Livingston (1-1) scored three times in the top of the first inning, with Royce’s homer the key drive in the inning.
“She has that kind of power,” said Daily of the Lancers first baseman, now dubbed ‘Rolls Royce’. “That was good to see.”
Livingston has an interesting game on April 6, at home against a big-time SEC rival, in Nutley. The Big Green Machine is then off until Saturday afternoon, when it plays Newark Academy at the Mount St. Dominic Invitational, in a late-afternoon contest.
Daily was happy with his team’s effort in the season opener.
“It was scoreless until the fifth, when the Mount really started hitting the ball,” said Daily. “Hey, they’re a good team. We hung in there with them, but they got the timely hits.”
Bloomfield, which fell to 0-2, played a solid defensive game after the shaky first inning. Samantha Corio reached on an error and later scored the lone Bloomfield run in the bottom of the third inning.
Corio, a senior centerfielder, also made a sparkling throw to third base, on the fly, which nearly caught a Livingston base runner in the seventh inning. Corio is an outstanding all-around talent, with a tremendous glove, reliable bat and stud-type throwing arm.
NOTES: The Mount St. Dominic Invitational is set for April 9, and features some outstanding games.
This is always a well-run event, led by MSDA Athletic Director and head softball coach, Lorenzo Sozio. The Mount parents and supporters do a great job with food amenities other vendor tents in the outfield. If you’re in the area, stop by. Games start at 8:30 a.m. Here’s the schedule. Click on the image to see a bigger version and let’s hope for good weather.