LIVERMORE FALLS – Livermore Falls coach Brian Dube only had one command for Jake Marceau before he went to the plate representing the winning run in Friday’s KVAC tilt with Lisbon.

“Jake,” Dube said, “send us home.”

Marceau obliged, belting a Marcus Bubar fastball over the fence in left-center field for a walk-off three-run homer that sent the Andies home with a dramatic 11-10 win in 10 innings.

“We thought we should have had this game in the seventh inning, but you can’t give up,” Marceau said, referring to a two-run lead the Andies squandered in the seventh. “Everybody kept their head, and everybody was still into it.”

That the Livermore cleanup hitter even had the energy to swing the bat and then round the bases was a victory in itself. The Andies were playing for the third-straight day, including a 10-inning affair on Wednesday against Dirigo, so Marceau had to gut out all 10 innings on the mound,

Marceau had a little extra incentive to end things in the 10th, because he wasn’t going to see the 11th.

“He was done there (after 10 innings),” Dube said. “We were warming up another freshman who’s never seen the mound.”

“Starting into the extra innings, I started to feel tired,” said Marceau, who gave up seven earned runs and nine hits, fanned six and walked four in over 150 pitches. “I’d never pitched that many innings before. Before this year, I’d pitched maybe four or five innings at the most. But my teammates helped me out in the field, and everybody hit the ball well.”

Marceau stole the hero’s role from Frank Angelico, who had touched him up for a two-run homer in the top of the 10th and stood to get the win in relief before surrendering a leadoff walk to Kevin Gats in the bottom of the frame and giving way to Bubar. “It’s hard to keep a team like this up after a loss like that because they’re disappointed,” said Lisbon coach Randy Ridley, whose team battled back from deficits of 1-0, 3-2, and 7-5. “I tell them that they are a gutsy, scrapping, character team. They were in a lot of pressure situations, and they made plays.”

Angelico and Tyler Brown had three hits apiece, while Devan Knight added a two-run double for the Greyhounds (4-2). Marceau finished up with three hits and five RBIs, and Gats scored four runs for the Andies (4-1).

An error on a double-play try by the Lisbon second baseman gave the Andies the lead in the sixth, and Marceau gave himself some insurance with an RBI single to make it 7-5. But back-to-back errors by the Livermore shortstop to start the seventh allowed Joe Stevens to drive in one run on a groundout to third, and Mike Unterkoefler to plate the tying run with a sacrifice fly.

Lisbon took the lead in the ninth on Kyle Neagle’s RBI single, but Livermore got it back in the bottom of the frame on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Shawn Whiting.

“We made a couple of mistakes and they capitalized. They made a couple of mistakes and we capitalized,” Dube said. “Last year, we had one senior and one junior. This year, I’ve got one senior, so we’re all sophomores and juniors. They learned a lot last year. As you can see, they’ve matured.”


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