LIVERMORE FALLS – Nick Bourassa cracked a two-run homer around the foul pole in the second inning and Mike Nemi pitched two innings to earn the save as Jay posted a 2-1 win over Livermore Falls on Wednesday.
“People will see a 2-1 game and think it was a great game,” Jay coach Chris Bessey said. “It really wasn’t on our part, because we missed a couple of signs. Our batters struck out 10 times, and we have to change that or we’ll be in trouble later this season.”
Jay (1-0) received its only runs on Bourassa’s smash that hooked around the pole in right field. Nemi had singled up the middle with one out and Mike Holland grounded out. Bourassa hit the first pitch from Andies’ pitcher Jake Marceau.
Jay pitcher Steve Nelson (1-0 allowed three hits through five-plus innings, but was plagued with control problems and walked five. Livermore Falls loaded the bases in the fifth, on hits by Kevin Gats (two-for-four) and Zach Keene and a walk by Kyle Stebbins. Maarceau then hit a rocket to Nelson, who threw to catcher Nick Bourassa, who threw to first baseman Ryan Bourassa for the inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.
Nelson walked Karlton Jones leading off the sixth and Nemi was quickly summoned. The right-hander retired all six batters he faced.
“I was surprised because Steve Nelson usually has better control,” Bessey said. “It was his first outing and I think he was pumped up for the rivalry game.”
Livermore Falls (0-1) had drawn first blood when Keene reached on a fielders’ choice, stole second and scored following an errant throw. The Andies stranded eight base runners.
Marceau was saddled with the loss, despite scattering six hits, striking out 10 and walking one batter. The Tigers’ Zane Armandi and Jamison Turner each singed in the fifth, but Marceau induced Nelson to pop out and struck out two batters. “We certainly had our chances,” Livermore Falls coach Brian Dube said. “Jake threw well and both pitchers were able to pitch out of jams. I’m pleased by our effort because this is a young team (four freshmen starters).”