LISBON FALLS – Lisbon High School doesn’t know much about complete-game pitching performances. Or the 10-run rule. Or the concept of getting home in time to scarf down dinner and do homework before the Red Sox throw their first pitch.

What the Greyhounds do comprehend is swinging the bat until they see umpires walking off the field and tail lights leaving the parking lot.

Undaunted after giving up five runs in the top of the seventh inning Monday, Lisbon countered with two on a double by Kyle Neagle to swipe a 10-9 Mountain Valley Conference baseball victory over Wiscasset.

“We make it way too close,” Neagle said. “Our coach is getting gray hairs.”

Lisbon (7-2) has won five games in its final at-bat. One of the two losses was a 10-inning heartbreaker at Livermore Falls.

“My team, I don’t know what it is with them, but they like to be in these situations,” said Lisbon coach Randy Ridley. “It’s been great experience for these kids. They’ve shown a lot of character and a lot of guts to keep coming back.”

Freshman Marcus Bubar was a central figure in both halves of the fateful seventh.

After taking the mound with one out, he surrendered a two-run double to Matt Etter and a two-run single to Zach Hartman to leave the Redskins with a 9-8 edge. But Bubar also struck out Justin Rines and Nick Bennett to avert further damage.

“He just came in and threw strikes,” Ridley said.

The counterpunch came quickly. Bubar battled Etter, the fourth Wiscasset hurler, to a 2-2 count before dropping a leadoff, bloop single into shallow left field.

Devan Knight then drew a walk, reaching base for the fourth time on the afternoon. Two pitches later, Neagle’s clout to the warning track in right field cleared the bases and sent everyone home.

“We came back in here and we were like, ‘OK, we need one run at least.’ We were still pretty confident,” Neagle said. “We’ve been putting the bat on the ball and putting the ball in play.”

In addition to his 3-for-5 performance at the plate, Neagle nibbled at the corners for the first five innings and left the mound with an 8-3 lead.

Wiscasset (5-5) inched a run closer with the help of two walks and a pair of wild pitches in the sixth against hard-throwing reliever Tyler Brown. A single, two more walks and an infield error hastened Brown’s departure in the seventh.

Mike Unterkoefler and Jason Blackwell each slapped two of Lisbon’s 13 hits. Joe Stevens fueled a five-run fourth inning with a two-run double. Brown knocked in two more with a single.

“This is the most resilient team I’ve ever coached,” Ridley said. “They don’t know when to quit. Our motto is ‘live pitch to pitch.’ A lot of teams if they’re not like that, they have a hard time coming back in those situations.”


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