Call it a warmup for the upcoming Union County Baseball Tournament.
Scheduled to play this Saturday in the opening round of the UCT, Governor Livingston met New Providence on Tuesday in a regular-season game, with New Providence prevailing 3-1.
With the score tied 1-1 in bottom of the fifth inning, New Providence left fielder Matt McCann led off with a triple. Two batters later, Michael Felezzola singled to score McCann and Bryan Sherman singled in Felezzola.
“Our kids work hard on that part of the game,” Pioneers coach Chris Brodeur said about his team’s offense. “It is a lot of fun to see that part of the game turn into production.”
New Providence got a great performance from right-handed pitcher David Gelormini. He lasted six innings and allowed one run on five hits and struck out one Highlanders’ batter.
The lone Highlander run crossed the plate in the first inning. Governor Livingston starter Ryan Jennings led off with a double and a groundout moved him to third, where another infield groundout brought him home.
The Highlanders sqaundered several other scoring chances, hitting into a double play to end the foourth inning with runners on the corners and again in the fifth with runners on the corners Gelormini induced a pair of flyouts to end the threat.
Brodeur was pleased with Gelormini’s performance.
“He was phenomenal. He hits and mixes his pitches. He’s been doing a great job for us all year.”
Brodeur also said this game doesn’t give his team a bit of an advantage for the upcoming UCT matchup.
“It’s baseball. You never know who’s going to show up. If anything, it gives them a little extra incentive. We’ll have to just play our game.”