MONMOUTH — If they can’t hit it where they ain’t, they want to hit it so hard that they’ll bobble it.
On Monday, the Lisbon softball team did both.
The Greyhounds offense continued to churn out runs in a 10-2 victory over Monmouth. Lisbon has scored 126 runs this season and took advantage of nine Mustang errors to open an early lead.
Lisbon scored a run on an error and then broke the game open with five runs in the third on four Monmouth miscues. The Greyhounds added a few more late in the game and finished with 13 hits.
“That’s our goal, to put the ball in play and put the ball in play hard,” said Lisbon coach Mike Fortier. “Hopefully, it’s going to find a hole or it’s going to be difficult for the defense to field. We want to put some pressure on the defense. That’s our main goal, to manufacture runs any way we can.”
Ashley Beaulieu led Lisbon (9-2) with three hits while Shauna Riordan, Amber Cloutier and Alexa Harmon each had a pair. Monmouth’s Kristi Hilton had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Mustangs (4-5).
“Eleven games into the season the girls are getting playing time,” said Fortier, whose team beat Monmouth 6-4 in their first meeting. “They’re feeling good about themselves. They’re gaining that experience of playing varsity softball and when good things happen that confidence comes along with it. That’s what’s happening this year for us.”
Sophomore pitcher Kimber Morse pitched a solid game, allowing just four hits while walking five and striking out five.
“I’m just trying to throw strikes,” said Morse. “I know my defense behind me can make the plays.”
Lisbon had two errors but got some solid play in the field, including a nice throw by left fielder Chantel Bisson to catcher Haley Eck to cut down a runner at the plate.
“I think knowing that everyone can make plays and working together as a team really helps a lot,” said Morse.
Monmouth’s fielding proved to be its downfall. With Reen Kahl still out with an injury, Colby Wilson had the start and battled but was done in by the errors in the field behind her.
“She’s around the plate,” said Monmouth coach Rachel Bernier of Wilson, who walked none and struck out three. “I don’t know how many unearned runs we had, but I know we had quite a few unearned runs. They hit the ball well, but before they hit the ball well, they should have had outs.”
Lisbon took a 1-0 lead in the second. Bisson scored when a Harmon single was booted in the outfield allowing for an extra base. The same thing happened in the third when Beaulieu scored on a Brooke Lawrence single and subsequent error. Then a miscue on a Cloutier single allowed Riordan and Lawrence to score. Cloutier and Eck subsequently came in on a pair of errors on a Kyrstin Ramich grounder.
“We’re young,” said Bernier. “I don’t want to keep using that excuse. When we get halfway into the season, you have to start getting to that next level, and we’re not there.”
Harmon singled in Ramich in the fifth. Then Lisbon added three more in the seventh on four more Monmouth errors.
“The key is putting the ball in play and good things will happen,” said Fortier.
Monmouth got its runs in the bottom of the seventh. Hilton singled in a run and then scored on a Lisbon overthrow at third on a steal.