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Lisbon season ends in district semifinal
July 28, 2013 · Crystal Eskelsen

The Lisbon baseball season came to an end last Thursday evening when Preston came to town and handed the Lions a 7-2 loss in the Class 1A, District 7 semifinals.

"It was a tough loss Thursday night," said Ryan Stensland, Lisbon head coach. "We had battled Preston in two one-run games earlier in the season."

Preston senior pitcher Colton Bormann had a solid night against the Lions, striking out eight of the first nine batters.

"He was hitting his spots and showed why he is an all-state player," Stensland said. "We knew coming into the game that hits and runs could be at a premium with the pitching match-up."

Preston scored two runs in the first inning and held a 4-0 lead after six innings.

Lisbon put their first runs on the board in the seventh inning with the help of a Keegan Tritle triple, but couldn't shrink the gap. Preston earned the win and ended the Lions' season.

Earlier in the week, the Lions earned a 15-5 win in five innings over Central City in the district quarterfinals.

Lisbon scored three runs in the first inning. Connor Woodward started the inning with a single, and Colton Krob singled to send Woodward to third after he had stolen second.

Woodward eventually scored on a wild pitch and Krob came home on a Hunter Caspers single. Ryan Kortemeyer also scored in the first inning after reaching base on a walk.

Lisbon didn't score in the second inning, but added to their lead in each of the remaining innings, eventually taking a 10-run lead in the fifth inning, 15-5.

The Lions finished their season with a record of 31-8. Three seniors finished their final competition in Lion black and red - Trey Kamberling, Austin Springsteen and Hunter Caspers.

"It was another successful season for our program," Stensland said. "The team has much to be proud of, including back-to-back Big East championships and consecutive 30-win seasons."

All three seniors will be missed for their contributions to the team and the program.

"They are not only good ball players, but are also great young men off the field who have many exciting opportunities ahead of them," Stensland said.

Lisbon vs. Central City

LIS 15, CC 5

CC 032 00     5    4

LIS 302 55    15  14

Pitchers: Luedeman (CC), Kortemeyer (L)

Extra base hits

2B-Kortemeyer 1

3B-Tritle 1

RECAP: Lisbon's Caspers was 3-for-3 at the plate, earning four RBI to lead the Lions. Krob was 2-for-2 at bat and got walked twice, scoring four times for Lisbon. Pitcher Kortemeyer went all five innings and struck out five Central City batters while walking just one.

Lisbon vs. Preston

District semifinals

PRE 7, LIS 2

PRE 201 001 3 7 8

LIS 000 000 2 2 3

Pitchers: Zeimet (P), Woodward (L)

Extra base hits

3B-Tritle 1

RECAP: Lisbon had just three hits - singles by Caspers and Krob and a triple by Tritle. Woodward pitched all seven innings, striking out seven and walking three.

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