LISBON — The Lisbon baseball team has not lost a Northern Athletic Conference West Division baseball game since the 2019 season and that streak continued Tuesday with a 13-1 win over Heuvelton.
The Golden Knights (9-0 overall and division) put pressure on Heuvelton right away, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.
“We were able to get on top and maintain the energy from (a 10-7 win over Harrisville Monday),” Lisbon coach Dave Gravlin said. “That game was pretty intense and I was worried that we’d burned that all in one game. It’s really tough if you don’t have a deep pitching staff. We are very fortunate in that we’ve got nine kids who can pitch. Not all our starters of course, but you can take a relief pitcher into a game and get some solid innings.”
Lisbon picked up four hits in the innings but also took advantage of an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
“The biggest thing we need to fix is to have some life in us, some fight in the dog,” Heuvelton coach Dave Steele said. “Last year when we faced them in the playoffs we came ready and we were fully capable to play. We didn’t show up today and we struggled.”
Matthew Bleau led off the first for Lisbon with a walk, reached second on a passed ball and scored on a single from Cooper Rutherford.
Rutherford reached third and scored on a throwing error when he was caught in a rundown coming to home.
Lucas Gravlin singled and reached third on the same error then scored on a wild pitch.
Isaac LaRock was hit by a pitch, reached second on the throwing error and scored on a passed all.
Armando Lazaro walked, reached third on a double by Isaiah White and both runners scored on a fielder’s choice.
Matt Kinney scored the final run of the inning on a double from Bleau after reaching on a walk.
Lisbon scored two more runs in the second inning. Gravlin reached on an infield error to lead off the inning and scored on another infield error off a ball hit by Lazaro. Lazaro came around to score on a fielder’s choice to make it 9-0.
The Golden Knights put up three more runs in the third with Connor Flack, Rutherford and Gravlin walking to load the bases. A walk to Lazoro scored Rutherford and Gravlin scored when Kinney was hit by a pitch.
The final run for Lisbon came in the bottom of the fourth when Bleau homered over the left field fence. Bleau and White finished with two hits for Lisbon.
“I thought it would be close to the fence, I didn’t think it was going to go over,” Bleau said. “I thought we played good as a team. We haven’t had much practice in the last week or so. We kind of just overcame all that.”
When Lisbon wasn’t batting LaRock, who pitched the first three innings held Heuvelton (4-5, 4-3) to just three hits and struck out seven.
“Finding the outside corner and getting the offspeed (pitch) in there after throwing a first-pitch strike,” LaRock said of what made him effective. “I think we all pull each other up. We all were good in the field. I think we have a lot of potential, but we just have to keep with it.”
The Bulldogs got runners to second base three times in the first three innings but did not score.
Brandon Pray led off the top of the fifth by reaching on an infield error. Jake Vanette bunted him to second. Pray stole third and scored on a single from Jakob Ladouceur.
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