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Rough ending to a good season for Lisbon

(Morning Journal/Anthony Fiuza) Lisbon second baseman Tyler Graham tags Warren JFK’s Alex Desalvo at Cene Park on Tuesday.

STRUTHERS — Anything that could go wrong did go wrong for 10th-seeded Lisbon as it fell to fourth-seeded Warren JFK, 14-1, in a Div. IV district baseball semifinal at Cene Park on Tuesday.

The Eagles batted around as they scored nine times in the first two innings, leaving Lisbon in the dust and eventually forcing a mercy rule finish in five innings.

Warren JFK improves to 16-8, while Lisbon finishes at 14-12.

Cam Hollobaugh went 3 for 3 and drove in five runs for Warren JFK. Fellow Eagle Michael Mauro had two hits and knocked in three runs.

“We played a good team. That’s all we can say,” Lisbon catcher Brayden Flory said. “They hit the ball really well. Our pitching was fine, but they hit us,”

Despite a rough ending to its 2021 season, there are still plenty of bright spots, including the Blue Devils winning 14 games.

“We faced a lot of adversity. We all came together,” Flory said. “We played and beat a lot of good teams. It was a really good season for us.”

Lisbon showed good poise during the season, even though there were challenges that didn’t meet the eye of the average fan.

“Through three to four weeks of practice earlier in the year, we didn’t know where we were playing most of our kids at that time,” Lisbon coach Doug Andric said. “We competed in basically every game this year, except for today.”

Ryan Reckner and Tyler Graham had one hit apiece for the Blue Devils with Reckner getting the lone RBI in the contest.

Warren JFK coach Jim Ciambotti said even though his team produced offensively, you have to start with pitching.

“First of all, give credit to Jaden (Rishel),” he said. “It all starts on the mound. We just hit the ball foul line to foul line and getting in hitters’ counts and had timely hits.”

Game notes

¯ This isn’t the first time Lisbon and JFK have met in the district semifinals. Two years ago, the Eagles beat the Blue Devils, 8-2.

¯ In that contest, Lisbon senior Logan Bell struck out 10 batters. Meanwhile, JFK starting pitcher Cameron Hollobaugh held the Devils to two hits in seven innings of work.

¯ Andric said he recalls the tough matchup from 2019.

“The Hollobaugh kid is just a great athlete. He’s a three-sport athlete. We knew top to bottom they were going to be good.”

¯ JFK will face third-seeded Heartland in the Div. IV district final at 5 p.m. Thursday at Cene Park. The Lions shelled Southern Local, 17-3, Tuesday.

¯ Heartland beat Lisbon twice during the regular season by a combined score of 15-10.

L: 0-0-1-0-0 — 1- 2-3

JFK: 5-4-3-2-x –14-14-0

JFK – Jaden Rishel, wp (42/3IP, 2H, R, 2BB, 7K) and Caleb Hadley.

L — Tyler Graham, lp (IP, 8H, 9R, 7ER, 0BB, 0K), Tyler Welsh (IP, 3H, 3R, 3BB), Daimen McCormick (2IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2K) and Brayden Flory.

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