LEWISTON – Wild game. Wild finish. And if winning wild is wrong, the Lewiston High School baseball team doesn’t want to be right.

The Blue Devils scored their fifth unearned run of a windswept Thursday afternoon in the bottom of the seventh inning, walking off with a 7-6 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference triumph over Edward Little.

Senior reserve catcher Ryan Lagasse scampered home with the winning run on an errant throw at the end of a tailor-made double play ball. Lagasse moved into scoring position when EL booted Eric Waite’s sacrifice bunt attempt, leaving both runners safe with nobody out.

“Adversity, that’s what we’ve been facing,” said Lagasse. “It’s amazing right now. I was a little skeptical at first, but we’ve been fighting through it.”

Lewiston (3-2) won for the second day in a row despite wasting a two-run lead, surrendering nine walks and a hit batter and watching Edward Little (0-5) steal seven bases. But while the Devils didn’t commit a single error, the youthful Red Eddies’ seventh-inning miscues were their fifth and sixth of the day.

“I think the last three or four games (against Lewiston) have been these nice tight affairs, which is good for the rivalry,” said EL coach Scott Annear. “It’s no fun coming out on the bottom.”

Leadoff hitter Travis Dyke and No. 9 Nick Blais book-ended Lewiston’s lineup with two hits apiece.

Robbie Leeman, lying low in the eighth hole after ending last season at the top of the order, cranked a two-run home run over the 325-foot sign in left field to spark the second inning. Blais then singled, advanced on an errant pickoff throw and scored on Dyke’s single for a 3-2 lead.

“That’s the second straight game he’s hit a bomb,” Lewiston coach Todd Cifelli said of Leeman. “Sometimes it’s just a matter of moving down the lineup and seeing some fastballs. We made it clear that it wasn’t an A-Rod demotion, a ‘you stink’ type of thing.”

Eddie West walloped a two-out triple and scored on a throwing error in the third. EL’s Adam Lutz stroked an RBI single in the fourth, but two walks and an error gave that run back to the Devils in the bottom half.

Shane Ciriello’s triple plated Mike Muise and Corey LaRue in the fifth to tie it. Kyle Bussiere drove home Kevin Smith with a double to put the Eddies up 6-5 in the sixth.

With runners at the corners and the potential of additional EL damage lurking, Ryan Dube robbed LaRue with a diving catch in right field. The Red Eddies’ runners failed to tag up and advance, and eventual winning pitcher Waite coaxed Matt Meserve into a rally-squelching pop out to first.

“That was huge,” Cifelli said. “They didn’t tag up. That was a big run.”

Back stormed Lewiston with another peculiar two-out rally. Blais singled to center and sped to second after another pickoff try that missed the mark. He returned home on two wild pitches.

Dube was a pivotal figure on the mound, as well. After issuing 13 consecutive balls to start the game, Dube stranded seven EL runners on base in four innings. He struck out five.

EL southpaw Adam Redmun probably deserved a better fate. He fanned 11 in his 125-pitch route.

“He has the potential to beat anybody at any time, and he battled through some tough spots,” Annear said.

“You’re going to open the newspaper and he’s going to beat an Oxford Hills or a Brunswick or a Gardiner or somebody like that,” echoed Cifelli. “He’s that good.”

Lutz was a nuisance atop the order with two singles, an RBI and four steals for the Eddies.

EL gets its opportunity for revenge when the teams collide May 18 in their second-annual night game at the Auburn Suburban Little League complex.


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