What set up to be a pitchers duel did not disappoint as Lisbon ace Logan Bell faced off against Clipper ace Chase Franken at Legion Field on Monday afternoon. In the end it was Bell who earned the victory as the Blue Devils defeated the Clippers 4-2.
Lisbon would get on the board first scoring two unearned runs in the first frame after three Clipper errors. The Blue Devils would tack on 2 more (1 earned) in the third frame as it looked like Bell and Lisbon were going to cruise to a 4-0 victory. Despite putting a few runners on base the Clippers didn’t put together a big threat until the seventh inning.
In the 7th, Erik Hopfenziz would walk and move to second on a wild pitch. Evan Kenneally then singled to put Red and White on the corners with no one out. A Matt Mazei single trimmed the lead to 4-1 and Evan Kenneally would later score on a wild pitch bringing the score within 2. Michael Ginocchi and Hunter Zentner would then walk loading the bases with no one out. Lisbon chose to bring in Justin Sweeney to relieve Bell and he got the job done. He induced a 1-2-3 double play on the next pitch and followed that up with a strike out to end the game and earn the save.
On the mound Franken (2-1) was the touch luck loser as he pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs (1 earned), 3 hits and striking out 7. Evan Kenneally was solid in relief pitching 2 scoreless inning giving up 1 hit and striking out 1.
In addition to Kenneally and Mazei’s 7th inning hits, Hopfenziz and Brady Dixon also singled for Columbiana on the day.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow in Lisbon to finish off the two game series. First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM.