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Tigers clinch share of title

May 7, 2008
Nick Rice
LISBON — The Springfield Tigers have the Inter-Tri County League upper tier title all but wrapped up after their 11-1 win over Lisbon Tuesday.

“We’ve been playing well lately,” Sprinfield coach Bob Beam said. “Things were in our hands and we took care of business today. Taking out East Palestine twice got us over the hump and put us in a great position.”

The Tigers have clinched at least a share of the crown and currently have a two game lead over East Palestine in the league with the regular season winding down this week. The win takes Springfield to 18-5 and 11-1. Lisbon is 5-13 and 5-9.

“Winning the league is great and I’m glad we were able to do it this way,” Springfield junior Todd Kibby said. “We have the upper hand for the title and hopefully this win will keep us rolling.”

Kibby led the Tigers with five RBIs in the game, four of which coming off a grand slam in the first inning. The Tigers scored a total of six runs in the beginning of the game to give them an early cushion against the Blue Devils.

“We got a good lead in the first inning and that was key,” Beam said. That took a lot of pressure off of our pitching and let us relax and get the job done today.”

Brandon Goist went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Tigers while Matt Semach recorded two hits and sacrificed twice to give him two RBIs on the day. Ronnie Bovo had two hits and a two RBIs while Bryan Visingardi had a triple in the win.

Lisbon’s Dustin Borg went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base and Lucas Rambo had two hits and scored Lisbon’s only run.

“The first inning really hurt us,” Lisbon coach Matt Giambattista said. “When something like that happens, things usually snowball from there and that makes us get out of our game plan. Overall, I thought the kids played well and Springfield is a good team.”

“I’m a little relieved that we got this win (to share the title), but I know the season isn’t done,” Beam said. “We still have to take care of business and play ball.”

Lisbon is planning on redirecting its energies into tournament play.

“We need to keep working,” Giambattista said. “We need to be ready to play Monday and hopefully some things can go our way. The seniors on this team are looking to Monday and hoping that it won’t be their last game.”

Lisbon is off until Monday when they are scheduled to take on Crestview in the first round of the Div. III sectional tournament. Springfield is at South Range today.

SPRINGFIELD: 6-1-0-0-2-2—11-13-0

LISBON: 0-0-0-0-1-0—1-11-3

S—Travis Richey, wp (1IP, 1K, 2H), Drew Ortz (5IP, 3K) and Matt Semach.

L—Lucas Rambo, lp (6IP, 5BB, 1K) and Dana Rose.



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