The Columbiana Clippers moved to 3-4 (3-1 EOAC) with two wins over Lisbon on Tuesday.
The day started with a continuation of Tuesday afternoons affair that was tied at 7 heading into the 9th inning when the game was postponed due to darkness. For the game the Clippers took a 6-1 lead into the fifth and a 7-3 lead in the seventh but a furious comeback by the Blue Devils knotted the game up at 7 after 7. In the 8th inning the Blue Devils would have runners on first and third with no one out but fine defensive plays by Evan Kenneally and Steven Zarlenga would end the threat. With no outs Kenneally fielded a ground ball at first and gunned down the go ahead run at home. With one out and runners on first and second Zarlenga fielded a ground ball at third, stepped on the bag and threw across the diamond for a double play that was scooped out of the ground by Kenneally to end the threat.
On Wednesday, the Blue Devils again would threaten this time in the 9th inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Chase Franken was able to induce a ground ball to Joey Bable at short who stepped on the bag and threw to first to end the inning. The bottom of the 9th was short lived. Zach Fahs would lead off by flying out to right but Chase Franken would follow with a triple and he would score on a throwing error that would end the ball game.
Franken was the winner on the mound after pitching the 9th inning. On Tuesday Fahs, Z got the start and pitched into the 7th inning striking out 8 on the day. At the plate the Clippers had 12 hits including 3 by Fahs (2 doubles) and 2 by AJ Perkins. Michael Ginocchi also added 2 hits which were his first varsity hits.
Game two started off well for the Clippers who notched 3 runs in the top of the first. Lisbon would answer with two of their own in the bottom, but that would be as close as they would get on the day.
The Clippers pounded out 29 hits and scored 35 runs en route to a 35-10 victory. Chase Franken picked up win number two on the mound to move to 3-2 on the year.
Fahs, Franken, Joey Bable and Hunter Zentner each had 4 hits in game two with Franken collecting 7 RBI on the day and Bable knocking in 6 runs. In addition, Perkins had three hits and 5 RBI, Ryan Fahs had 3 hits and Erik Hopfenziz provided 2 singles and a double.
Dejon Hudson and Steven Zarlenga also collected their first varsity hits on the day.
Columbiana will travel to Austintown on Thursday to take on the Fitch Falcons as Fitch looks to play on their new turf field for the first time. Evan Kenneally will take the bump for the Clippers with the first pitch scheduled for 5:00 PM.