LISBON — With an important stretch of games looming, St. Dom’s baseball coach Bob Blackman was looking for his team to play with the swagger befitting an undefeated team playing with a big lead against Lisbon on Wednesday.

“It’s the younger guys,” Blackman said. “We’ve got a couple or three sophomores we’re really relying on this year. They’ve done pretty good, but today really showed some negative body language, and we’ve got to get over that and play with a swagger. We’re 11-0 for a reason.”

The Saints demonstrated a number of those reasons in their 10-6 victory over Lisbon at a blustery, cold and, ultimately, rainy Doughty Diamond.

Mitch Lorenz drove in three runs and Zak Johnson scored three times as the Saints rapped seven hits and took advantage of eight Greyhound errors. They head into a Friday/Saturday home-and-home series with Class B Spruce Mountain and a key Class C showdown next Monday with Winthrop having scored 49 runs in their last three games.

“I thought (the offense) was pretty consistent and pretty good today,” Blackman said. “There were some balls hit hard by Mitch, Will Desmarais (two hits), Jimmy Theriault (single, three walks), Zak, all of them really hit the ball with some authority and Caleb Dostie (two hits, two runs) handled the bat well.”

Kyle Bourget led the Greyhounds (5-8) with a pair of doubles and two walks, one of which was intentional and came at a key point in the game.

Trailing 7-0 in the fourth inning, Lisbon, which rallied to upset St. Dom’s at home last year, threatened to come back again. An RBI single by Brandon Hovey, RBI double by Kyle Sheehan and a dropped third strike made it 7-3.

With runners at second and third and two out, the Saints intentionally walked Bourget to load the bases. The move paid off as Lorenz got R.J. Sargent to ground out to second on the next pitch to snuff the rally.

“Every time I’ve looked in the paper this year, I see his name and he’s always got a double next to it,” Blackman said. “He put two up against us in his first two at-bats, so once first base came open, it was kind of a no-brainer, especially with two outs.”

“I expected that,” Lisbon coach Randy Ridley said. “He’d hit the ball hard twice already. If we get those two in, it would have been a 7-5 game. But we didn’t quit. We kept battling.”

Lisbon paid for its struggles in the field. The game started with Johnson reaching on a bobble by the shortstop, and he eventually scored the game’s first run on Lorenz’s sacrifice fly.

The Greyhounds had hopes of answering in the bottom of the first when Bourget led off with a double and moved to second on a wild pitch, but Sargent lined out to second and Dostie doubled Bourget off third.

Another error at shortstop allowed the Saints to make it 2-0 without a hit in the second. Lorenz’s two-run single was the only hit in the Saints’ three-run third. In the fourth, Desmarais clubbed an RBI triple and scored on Theriault’s single to make it 7-0.

The Saints added insurance in the sixth and seventh, providing the necessary cushion to withstand Lisbon’s three-run seventh, highlighted by Joe Philbrick’s RBI single and the Saints’ only error.


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